St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club
Affiliated to the Ramblers Association and H.F. Holidays
Programme of Rambles / Events for Autumn 2019


Thanks to all the leaders we have a very varied programme, please support their efforts.


Given the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is soon to be with us, and then the steadily reducing hours of daylight, please ensure you have torches with you as finishing a ramble in daylight cannot always be guaranteed. Lead Thou Kindly Light but do bring your own.


Please note; the following rambles are not on a Sunday.

Saturday 7th September

Saturday 14th September

Saturday 26th October

Saturday 2nd November

Saturday 23rd November


Sunday 1st September Leader: Robert Slater Landranger map 193


Meet       :  St Pancras International (Platform B) 0850 for 0918 train to                          Flitwick (arr 1040)  Change at Luton Airport Parkway                                    replacement bus service departing 1005.

Lunch    :  Star and Garter, Silsoe

Tea         :  The Carpenters Arms, Harlington

Distance:  9 mile linear walk with blackberry picking in the afternoon and                        returning from  Harlington. Normal four trains per hour

                    service back to London.

Fare       :  £9.00 CDR Flitwick with railcards

Robert will meet walkers at Harlington.


Saturday 7th September Leaders: Ann Brooks, Virginia and Roger Yelland The Seven Sisters Walk Explorer map OL25


Meet       : Victoria 0915 for 0946 train to Seaford (arr 1119, changing at                       Lewes)

                 Train also calls Clapham Junction 0953 and East Croydon 1003.

Lunch    :  Exceat / Cuckmere Haven: The Saltmarsh Farmhouse Cafe or                    The Cuckmere Inn.

Tea         :  East Dean (various options)

Distance: 13.5 miles or 10.5 miles returning from Seaford . We can

                  decide  on the day, depending on our progress. The Seven

                  Sisters Walk. Hilly, energetic but rewarding.

Fare        : £19.35 CDR Seaford with railcards.


You can see a great selection of photographs taken on the aboove Seven Sisters walk HERE


Sunday 8th September Day of Recollection. Full information in the news and events section.


Saturday 14th September Leader: Pauline Lobo Explorer map 162


Meet       : Unfortunately the DLR will not be running between Bank and Shadwell

                      stations on Saturday. Members joining the walk at Heron Quays are advised

                      to take the Jubilee line to Canary Wharf and walk the short distance to

                      Heron Quays. The route is signed inside Canary Wharf station and it is

                      under cover, no need to go outside."

                      Heron Quays DLR station at 1100 (not the entrance/exit that                           comes out at Canary Wharf but the Heron Quays side)

Lunch    : Lots of choice of venues for lunch in Greenwich

Tea         : TBA

Distance: 5 miles – Heron Quay to Lewisham via Greenwich. Flat and dry                    apart from a few stairs. If there has been a lot of rain it may be

                  a bit muddy walking through Mudchute Park. Since the DLR is                    never far away, there are plenty of opportunities to escape.                          Return from Lewisham, DLR and mainline services.

Fare        : Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options.


Sunday 15th September Leaders: Lizzy Cripps and Antoinette Adkins Explorer maps 124 & 125

Meet       :  London Bridge 0840 for 0904 train to Hastings (arr 1039)

Lunch    :  The Coastguard’s Tea Rooms – lunches and refreshments                              available

Tea         :  Pub options in Rye at the end of the walk

Distance: 14 strenuous miles with 2 sets of steep steps and 2 steep hills in                    the morning, rewarded with spectacular views returning from Rye

Fare        : £17.65 CDR Rye with railcard discounts


You can see some great photographs taken on the above Hastings to Rye walk by clicking HERE


Sunday 22nd September Leader: Maria Vaz Landranger map 179


Meet       : St Pancras 0910 for 0937 High Speed train to Folkestone Central      (arr 1030) for 1045 prompt start. Also calls Stratford

                  International 0943 and Ashford International 1014.

Lunch    : The Valiant Sailor, Capel-le-Ferne (next to the Battle of Britain                         Memorial)

Tea         : Let’s see…

Distance: 11 miles returning from Dover. A scenic coastal ramble: some hills

                  including steps             to climb

Fare       : High speed train £22.40 return to Dover Priory with railcard                             discounts. Other travel options available


You can see some great photographs taken on the above Folkestone to Dover walk by clicking HERE


Sunday 29th September Leader: Maurice Hickman Explorer map 146


Meet       : Victoria 0850 for 0912 train to Dorking (arr 1009)

Lunch    : King’s Head, Holmbury St. Mary

Tea         : Prince of Wales, Westcott

Distance: 14 moderately hilly miles

Fare       : £6.25 CDR Dorking with railcard discounts


Sunday 6th October Leader: Antoinette Connolly Explorer map 196


Meet       : Liverpool Street station 0910 for 0930 train to Manningtree (arr                   1028)

Lunch    : The Marlborough pub, and other options nearby in Dedham.

                 Park and Church grounds for picnic.

Tea         : National Trust Tea Room, Flatford Mill. Time here also to visit the            John Constable museum, RSPB garden and other highlights of

                 Flatford Mill.

Distance: 8.5 or 10 miles depending on weather. Can be muddy in places                     after rain and two stiles. Morning walk is a little hilly but after lunch

                 is flat, more scenic and interesting.

Fare       : £21.30 CDR Manningtree with railcard discounts

                 Antoinette will meet the ramblers at Manningtree. 


Sunday 13th October Leader: Tom Gilmartin Landranger map 187


Meet       : London Bridge 0855 for 0919 train to Merstham (arr 0949)

Lunch    : Harrow Inn, Chaldon

Tea         : Oxted Inn - Wetherspoons

Distance: 8 miles, returning from Oxted

Fare       : Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options plus singles South                          Coulsdon to Merstham £2.30 and Oxted to Upper Warlingham                        £2.40, both with railcard  discounts. PAYG Oyster is valid to                            Merstham but not 60+ or Freedom passes.


Sunday 20th October Leader: Margaret Brady Explorer map 147


Meet       : Charing Cross 0850 for 0915 train to Tonbridge (arr 1009)

                 Also calls London Bridge 0924

Lunch    : TBA

Tea         : Sevenoaks

Distance: 9 miles returning from Sevenoaks – mostly flat until approaching


Fare       : £9.95 CDR Tonbridge with railcard discounts

                 Margaret will meet the ramblers at Tonbridge


You can see some great photographs taken on the above Tonbridge to Sevenoaks walk by clicking HERE



Saturday 26th October Leader: David Crundall Landranger map 168


Meet       : Liverpool Street 0915 for 0938 train to Kelvedon (arr 1027)

                 Train also calls Stratford 0945 and Romford 0953

Lunch      : The White Hart Hotel, Coggeshall

Tea         : Sun Inn or Railway Tavern, both near Kelvedon station

Distance: 9 mostly level miles returning from Kelvedon. Half hourly service

                 back to London.

Fare       : £17.25 CDR Kelvedon with railcard discounts. For ramblers                           wanting to join/leave at lunchtime bus 70 goes to/from Marks

                   Tey e every 30 mins but you will need a  ticket valid for Marks

                   Tey as it’s one stop beyond Kelvedon

David will join the train at Stratford


You can see a great selection of photographs taken on the above Kelvedon  walk HERE


Saturday 2nd November Leader: Derek Clarke Explorer map 225


Meet       : Kings Cross 0845 for 0913 train to St Neots (arr 1011) 

Lunch    : Please bring snack/packed lunch.

                 Tea/hot food: Sandford House - Wetherspoons, Huntingdon. 5                        minutes from the Station

Distance: 10.5 miles returning from Huntingdon along the River Great Ouse                   to Huntingdon.

                  Level terrain throughout.

Fare        : £12.55 CDR Huntingdon with railcard discounts. Two trains an                        hour to Kings Cross


You can see an absolute bonanza of photographs taken on the above walk from St Neots by clicking HERE


Sunday 10th November Leader: Pauline Lobo Landranger map 176


Meet       : 10.45 at Boston Manor underground station, Piccadilly line

                 Around 40 mins journey time from Kings Cross

Lunch   : The London Apprentice, Old Isleworth

Tea         : TBA

Distance: 10 miles returning from Ealing Broadway

Fare        : Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options


You can see some photographs taken on the above Boston Manor walk by clicking HERE



Sunday 17th November Leader: John Burbage Explorer map 162

Meet       : Charing Cross Station 0900 for the 0922 train to Bexley (arr                            0959).

                 Train also calls Waterloo East 0925 and London Bridge 0931

Lunch    : The Ship Inn, Puddledock Lane near Hextable. A remote, basic                     pub with home                 cooked food

Tea         : Maybe in Bexley

Distance: 9.5 miles returning from Bexley. The morning walk is mainly                           through farmland and           forest with some overgrown or                             slippery paths in places. The afternoon covers                                                 farmland and heathland with some road walking

Fare       : Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options

                 John will join train at London Bridge. Please check for

                 engineering work changes before travelling


You can see some photographs taken on the above Bexley walk by clicking HERE


Saturday 23rd November Leader: Kevin MacNamara Landranger map 176


Meet       : 1015 for 1030 prompt start Putney Bridge Tube Station (District


Lunch    : The Coach and Horses, Barnes

Tea         : Various options in Putney

Distance: 9 level miles following Thames Path. Could be muddy in parts.                       The morning walk to Barnes will be north of the river. The

                    shorter afternoon walk will be south of the river

Fare       : Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options


You can see some great photographs taken on the above Putney walk by clicking HERE


News and Events September to November 2019

Information for the next programme by early November please.




By the end of the period covered by this programme it will be time to pay your subscriptions for 2019-2020 so please don't put it off. A cheque for £12, payable to "St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club", should be sent to John Burbage.


Those who joined the Club for the first time after 31st July do not need to pay again at this time as their initial subscription takes them up to October 2020.


Members who attend the AGM will have the opportunity to pay then.


AGM and Mass for deceased members Saturday 19th October at

St Mary Moorfields Church Hall 4 - 5 Eldon Street EC2M 7LS.


The AGM will start at 4pm and will be followed by Mass at 6pm for the deceased members of the Club. A full list of the deceased members will be available for all present at this Mass.

As per the Club Constitution a chairman/woman will be elected to conduct the meeting should the president be unable attend. The one item on the agenda which all club members should pay close attention to is the election of a new committee. Put simply; 'No Committee No Club'. It is also important that as many members as possible attend the AGM.

Below is a nomination form on which members can be nominated for membership of the committee. Each nomination form must be signed by a person nominating a member, a person seconding the nomination and the person being nominated. Forms which do not have all three signatures will not be presented to the AGM.


Please note; if you wish to nominate other members their consent must be sought first. The unselfish thing to do however, is to nominate yourself!


…………..............................................cut along this dotted line……………............................

Election of Committee for the Year 2019 - 2020

Please return to: Maurice Hickman, 

I wish to nominate............................................... for the position of (tick a box

Secretary ( ) Treasurer ( )

Ramble List Compiler ( ) Committee Member ( )

Proposer...................................................................... (sign and print your name)

Seconder............................................................... (sign and print your name)

Signature of Person nominated.....................................................................................................


Joseph Elliot R.I.P. Please pray for Joe who died on the 10th/11th of July.


Gillian McLauchlan Please also pray for Gillian who was the Club treasurer for many years. She is not responding very well to the latest chemotherapy treatment and would like prayers to be pain free and active for as long as possible.


Sunday 8th September 2019

Day of Recollection at the Poor Clares Convent, Arkley from 10.30am to 4.30pm, led by Fr Jesmond Pawley OFM (Conv), National Spiritual Assistant to the Secular Franciscan Order. Lifts by car will be provided from High Barnet station from 10am until 10.30am, and then lifts back to High Barnet at the end of the day, around 4.30pm. Lunch is provided. There is no charge for the event, but please make a donation to the Poor Clares on the day. Please call Roger, to ensure there is enough food at lunch, as well as for transport to and from High Barnet if you prefer not to walk.


 Club Committee 2018-2019

(Please note: Addresses and telephone numbers are not included in this internet version of the programme)


President:  Fr Chris Vipers, Parish Priest,     Membership 


St Mary Moorfields, 4-5 Eldon Street,             Antoinette Adkins,

EC2M 7LS                                                                  



Secretary                                                        Ramble List Compiler

Maurice Hickman                                             Paul Connolly


Treasurer                                                         Publicity

John Burbage                                                   David Crundall


Other Duties

Maria Vaz and Antoinette Connolly

There is still a vacancy for another female member to join the committee. We only meet 4 times a year and the duties are not onerous. Please, whether a recent or long-standing member, come along to one of our meetings and give it a try.