Welcome to the website of the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club and we wish you a happy Christmas and New Year 2018.

Our crib scene for this Christmas is a crib of modern design which we saw when the club visited Grecchio, the place where St Francis first used crib scenes as a teaching aid in preaching the doctrine of the incarnation.


 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 - this appplies especially in summer time and most especially at Victoria and Waterloo where there can be long queues of people heading to the south coast resorts.


Details of the next two walks are as follows: 


Sunday 17th December             Leader: Maria Vaz. (OS Explorer map 173).

Meet: West Finchley (Northern Line -High Barnet branch line -zone 4) 1015 for 1030 start

Lunch: Whetstone High Street which has plenty of cafes and restaurants.

Tea: No T today

Distance: 7.5 miles returning from Woodside Park (Northern line zone 4). A ramble following

part of the Dollis Valley Green Walk, including a visit to Totteridge village.

Fare: Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options.


Special Announcement (1)

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Sunday 17th December. At the end of her ramble Maria Vaz is going to the Angel (Wetherspoons),

opposite Angel tube station, for a tea stop/pre-Christmas social to which everyone is welcome.


You only pay for your drinks and food.


This would be around 3.30 to 4.00pm, and as well as being served by the Northern line, there are

numerous bus routes which pass through Angel from far and wide.


Please just turn up and enjoy yourselves! 

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Monday 1st January          Leader: John Burbage (Landranger Map187)

Meet: Victoria Station 0855 for the 0910 train to Boxhill & West Humble (arr. 1006). Train also

available from Waterloo departs 0902 (arr. 0950).

Lunch: The Tree on Box Hill. Good food, medium price.

Tea: Bikers café, Boxhill.

Distance: 8-9 calorie burning miles with some steep hills. Sticks and a torch recommended.

Fare: Return Victoria to Boxhill and West Humble £5.95, £3.15 from Zone 6 boundary, both

with Network Card. Via Waterloo £7.45 with NC.

John will meet the ramblers at Boxhill & West Humble.


 Special Announcement (2)


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.



The full Winter 2017 - 18  Programme can be seen by clicking on the "Current Programme" tab or the "Winter Programme 2017 - 18" tab at the top or down the right hand side of your screen. The Winter Programme includes an important announcement about Walks not on a Sunday: There is a Monday ramble on 1st January and a Saturday one on 20th January.


Previous programmes can be seen in the Programme Archive which now extends back to Summer 1991, most recent programmes first.