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.

 

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

 

Details of imminently forthcoming walks are as follows: 

 

Sunday 23rd July    (OS Explorer map 173)       Leader: Maria Vaz

Meet:   Moorgate 9.20 for 9.49 train to Alexandra Palace (arr. 10.09 - zone 3) 
Train also departs Old Street (Northern line) 9.51, Highbury & Islington 9.56

 (Victoria and Overground and Finsbury Park (Victoria/Piccadilly line) 10.02.

Lunch: Prince of Wales, Highgate.  Other food/drink options available on the High street.

Tea:     Possibly… in Hampstead

Distance: 12 miles finishing at Hampstead tube station – Zone 3. A walk through parks and  ancient woodland,  including some hills with great views of the capital’s skyline.

Fare:    Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options

Maria will meet the ramblers at Alexandra Palace station.

 

Sunday 30th July     (Explorer map 120)        Leader: Angela Shardlow

Meet:   Victoria 0850 for 0917 train to Chichester (arr 1100). Change for 1126 train to Bosham (arr 11.32)

Lunch: Anchor Bleu, Bosham. Other eating places available.

Tea:     Chichester Marina

Distance: 12 level miles returning from Chichester.

Fare:    £19.55 CDR Bosham with NSE discount plus ferry fare £2.50

   

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.

 

Previous programmes can be seen in the Programme Archive

 

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.

 

Arundel and Brighton Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage

 

(12 to 30 August 2017) 

 

The A & B Walking Pilgrimage this year will be 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

 

More info. as it comes available from the pilgrim website: www.thepilgrims.org.uk  

 

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.