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. 

 

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 now 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 imminently forthcoming walks are as follows:   

 

Sunday 20th August   (OS map 171)   NB Please note changes from times shown in the printed programme       Leader: Lizzie Cripps

Meet:   Paddington 0850 for 09 13  train to Twyford NB Not 0915 train as previously published (arr 10 02 instead of 1004). Change for the 1031  train to Henley on Thames (arr 10 43). There will be time for a toilet stop and coffee at Twyford to ensure the walk commences promptly on arrival at Henley.

Lunch: Stag & Huntsman, Hambledon. (Benches nearby for those with packed lunch.)

Tea: Catherine Wheel, Henley (Wetherspoons)

Distance: 10.5 leisurely miles returning from Henley.

Fare:    £13.95 with Network Card CDR Henley

 

Monday 28th August  (OS maps 166 & 167)   Leaders: Sue & Bryan Shakespeare

Meet:   Moorgate at 0930 for 0949 to Hertford North (arrives 1039)
Train also calls Highbury and Islington 0957 (Overground and Victoria line) and Finsbury Park 1002 (Tube and Mainline)

Lunch: The Punch Bowl, Ware

Tea: Several cafes in Hertford

Distance: 8 miles returning from Hertford North
The ramble includes riverside walks, commons, woodland and tow paths

Fare:    £5.70 with Network Rail card

Sue and Bryan will meet ramblers at Hertford North.

   

The full Summer 2017 Programme can be seen by clicking on the "Current Programme" tab or the "Summer Programme 2017" tab at the top or down the right hand side of your screen. In addition the Autumn Programme, covering the period September to November 2017 can now also be seen by clicking on the autumn programme tab at the top or down the right hand side of your screen. We are delighted to see Paul Connolly and David Crundall's names on the leader list again and we hope they are both recovered from the troubles that prevented them from leading recently.

 

A special item on the Autumn Programme is a Barn Dance on Saturday 30 September. Tickets are limited in number by the capacity of the hall being just 80 and John Burbage is master minding distribution. 

 

Advance tickets ( price £7) are now on sale to existing members. These will be offered on some walks and by sending a cheque and stamped, addressed envelope to John Burbage. Tickets may be bought on the door subject to availability. Please check website for the latest situation.
 
John will try to ensure that leaders have some tickets for each walk.

 

 

Previous programmes can be seen in the Programme Archive

 

NB If you use Waterloo station please see notice below about services during August 2017.

 

Gillian McLauchlan, who for many years served  on the committee as our club treasurer, asks for your prayers: she is undergoing treatment for bowel cancer. A few weeks back she reported "My 4th and 5th sessions were both delayed by a week due to low white blood cell count so they have reduced the chemo format. 5 sessions down and 7 to go. Still feeling well and looking good too, a bit breathless at times so I have to walk slowly!!"

If you want to get in touch, Gillian says she's still at the same address as when she was on the committee.

 

Arundel and Brighton Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage

 

The 2017 Pilgrimage (12 to 30 August 2017) is underway and you can follow progress at http://thepilgrims.org.uk/2017/home.php. Feel free to send messages of encouragement through the “mail the pilgrims” or “contact the pilgrims” links. 

 

The A & B Walking Pilgrimage this year is in North Wales, dedicated to St Winifride. The pilgrims will walk around Anglesea and visit the historic St Winifred's Well.

 

Two of the walks will again be led by Francis  and Maurice.

 

Day 2 will be led by Pilgrim Steven Knowles and you see a few photographs he took on his walkout of the route by clicking HERE 

 

Future Events

 

Waterloo service disruption in Auugust 2017: Throughout August there are substantial works being undertaken at Waterloo mainline station and

services will be severely limited and likely to be very crowded.
 
Thankfully the club has no walks which involve ramblers commencing their journey from Waterloo or using trains stopping at stations on the South West Trains network during this period, but the committee is aware of how many members use these services to join rambles starting from other London stations.
 
For guidance the following stations served also by TFL can facilitate alternative ways to get to Paddington, Stratford/Tottenham Hale, and Moorgate/Highbury & Islington/Finsbury Park:
Richmond - District Line and Overground.
Wimbledon - District Line.
Clapham Junction - Overground via both Whitechapel and West Brompton.
Vauxhall - Victoria Line.

 

Whilst most TFL services are running normally on the August weekends it is best to go their site www.tfl.gov.uk for any amendments or to work out how to get from A to B.
 
Please click on the link below for comprehensive details of SWT's service alterations during August:
 
If you know members who only receive the programme by snail mail, please can you pass on this information to them.

 

For more information about the club click on one of the tabs across the top or down the right hand side of your screen (you can see 12 page names down the right but at the top of your screen you need to scroll across to the right  to see the full list). Many pages on the main menu will have links to other pages so you can access over 200 pages of information in total.

 

If you feel like going on a ramble you can just turn up at the station indicated, look up the club members near the ticket office at least ten minutes before the departure time and be sure of a warm welcome. If by chance you do not spot the ramblers then board the advertised train and they will be easier to recognise at the destination from where the ramble will begin. 

Occasional Mid-Week Walks

 

Those members who would like to do walks which involve less mileage than

any of the programme walks should contact Dorothy Hickman who sometimes does country walks, particularly around the Redhill/Reigate area. She can be contacted by e mail at:  mhickman@waitrose.com 

If you would like to sample the flavour of past walks you might have a look at the members' photos page.  There you can browse through over 11,500 photographs including some taken on Many walks in 2016 and so far in 2017.