Welcome to the website of the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club . 

The club has a walk every weekend, mainly on Sunday but occasionally on Saturday or Monday Bank Holidays.  All walks begin from a railway station and take place whatever the weather. So you need to always carry some rain gear with you and make sure to wear strong walking boots which provide a grip in muddy conditions. 


When going on a walk there is no need to book, just turn up at the station notified on the programme and make sure to allow time to queue at the ticket office particularly at Victoria and Waterloo in summer time when there could be long queues of people heading to the south coast. 


Following are details of rambles on Sunday 12 January and Sunday 19 January. 


Sunday 19th January   Leader: John Sealy    (Explorer map 146)


Stop Press Received 18 January 2020

"Apologies for the late notification about John Sealy's ramble tomorrow.

Please note the train from London Bridge now departs at 1014.
The travel arrangements from Victoria remain as below".


Meet:            London Bridge 1000 for 1021 train to Horley (arr 1059). 
Also calls East Croydon 1037. Ramblers can also get the 1016 from Victoria to East Croydon arriving 1032 to connect with the train from London Bridge

Lunch:          The Farmhouse, RH6 9LJ. Traditional Beamed Pub. Steeped in

                     History. Moderately priced lunch

Tea:              Wetherspoons, Redhill

Distance:      9 miles.  Wet in places. A few stiles

Fare:             PAYG Oyster. Holders of 60+ Oyster and Freedom passes must buy a return from boundary zone 6 to Horley £4.30 with railcard discounts


Sunday 26th January    Leader: Maurice Hickman    (OS Explorer OL34)

Meet:            Victoria 1010 for 1033 train to Coulsdon South (arr 1056)

Lunch:          Wattenden Arms, Kenley (good reasonably priced food)

Tea:              Foxley Hatch, Purley (Wetherspoons)

Distance:      8 miles, returning from Purley.  Steep hill after Whyteleafe in the afternoon.

Fare:             Oyster/Freedom Pass/Travelcard options

Maurice will meet the Ramblers at Coulsdon South


Full details of the Winter programme can be seen by clicking  HERE or on the "Current Programme" or "Winter Programme" tab at the top or down the right hand side of your screen. Photographs taken at events shown on the Winter programme can be seen by clicking on the relevant event below:


Antoinette Adkins' Walk from Richmond on 12 January 2020


John Burbage's Walk from Brockley on Sunday 27 December 2019


Ant Connolly's Walk from Stratford on Sunday 15 December 2019


Robinson College Cambridge Christmas Carol concert on 7 December 2019


Previous programmes can be seen in the Programme Archive which now extends back to Spring 1982, most recent programmes first.


If you missed any of the walks on the Autumn Programme you can see some great photographs taken on nine of them by clicking on the date below or on the appropriate link on the programme page. 


Kevin McNamara's Putney Walk on Saturday 23 November 2019


John Burbage's  Bexley Walk on Sunday 17 November 2019 


Pauline Lobo's Boston Manor Walk on Sunday 10 November 2019


Derek Clark's St Neots Walk on Saturday 2 November 2019


David Crundell's Kelvedon Ramble on Saturday 26 October 2019


Margaret Brady's Walk from Tonbridge to Sevenoaks via Knole Park on Sunday 20 October 2019


Maria Vas' Walk  from Folkestone to Dover on Sunday 22 September 2019


Lizzie and Antoinette's Walk from Hastings to Rye on Sunday 15 September 2019


Seven Sisters Walk on Saturday 7 September 2019 led by Roger and Virginia and Ann Brooks



Following is a brief feedback from the 2019 AGM 


The Club AGM  and Mass for deceased members took place on Saturday 19th October at St Mary Moorfields Church Hall 4 - 5 Eldon Street EC2M 7LS. Unfortunately I did not receive the agenda in time to put it on the website before the meeting but those who attended the AGM had copies of the minutes  of the previous AGM in 2018  and they can be seen by clicking HERE. I hope to receive copies of this year's minutes and will make them available on the website also.


At the Mass which followed the AGM a full list of the deceased members was available for all present and a pdf copy of it can be seen by clicking  HERE. Fr Chris made special reference to those whose names are on the list for the first time this year. This included the late Fr Leo Coshan who died as long ago as 2005 but I did not get to know until recently. Leo joined the Divine Word Missionaries after a short period of membership of the club in the 1970s. During his priestly studies he wrote a series of 20 articles for the club magazine which in the 1970s used to be produced separately from the ramble programme. In time I hope to publish all 20 of his articles on the website. 

Special Announcement


The Committee has approved the Club signing up to The Walking Partnership, a subsidiary of  Ramblers Worldwide Holidays which in turn is part of the Ramblers Association. They will pay the club between £10 and £30 for each member who travels with Ramblers Holidays, Chapters, Adagio etc.

The only condition is that we put a hyperlink on our website to The Walking Partnership/RWH Travel Limited. So click on the following link to see what it's all about.