St Francis of Assisi Catholic Rambler's Club

                                                       (affiliated to H.F. Holidays)

The Club is approved by the Archbishop of Westminster; affiliated to the Rambers Association.  Website:


Winter Walks

Programme of Rambles and Events for December 2012 to February 2013

Items for the next programme by the end of January please 

Sunday 2nd December (Map: Landranger 154)             Leader: Carol Anley

MEET: King's Cross 0955 for 1015 to Cambridge(arr.1100).

LUNCH: The Red Lion,Grantchester

TEA: Copper Kettle, Cambridge (opposite King's College) 3.30 pm

DISTANCE: 8 miles, returning from Cambridge.

FARE: £14.65 with Railcard. 

At 5pm attend programme of seasonal music and carols by Choir of Robinson College followed by wine and mince pies.  Price £5.%u2028Carol will meet walkers at Cambridge


Sunday 9th December (Map: Explorer 166)                Leader: Martin Harrison 

MEET: Cockfosters Underground Station (Piccadilly Line Zone 5) at 10.15 for 10.30 start.

LUNCH: The Chequers, Coopers Lane, Potters Bar (pub does reasonably priced food).

TEA: Trent Country Park (10 minutes walk from U/G station)

DISTANCE: 9 miles. Returning from Cockfosters.

FARE: All Zone Travel Card for Zone 5


Sunday 16th December (Map: Explorer 147)             Leader: Paul Brunning

MEET: Victoria 09.15 for 09.28 train to Eynsford (arr. 10.25)

LUNCH: The Crown, Shoreham

TEA: Possibly

DISTANCE: 9 miles, returning from Eynsford

FARE: Day return Eynsford £6.50 with Network Card

NOTE: Leader will join train en route. 


Sunday 23rd December                                              Leader: Paul Connolly

MEET : Highgate (Northern Line - Zone 3) 1015 for 1030 prompt start

LUNCH : Rochester Castle (Wetherspoon's) Stoke Newington

TEA : Somewhere at the end of the ramble.

DISTANCE : 9 miles finishing at Mile End (Central line Zones 2/3) - level and downhill. A bit muddy in the morning otherwise dry surfaces for most of the walk.

FARE : Travelcard / Oystercard up to £8.50.


Sunday 30th December                                    Leader: Maurice Hickman

MEET: West Croydon bus station 1050 for 1115  405 bus to Redhill (arr. 12 noon).

NOTE:The bus station is served by trams from East Croydon, Overground services and Southern trains from Victoria, London Bridge, Sutton etc. Check for availability over the holiday period. Trains may run to Redhill.

LUNCH: Railway Arms, Merstham

TEA: Fanny's Farm Shop and/or Sun Redhill

DISTANCE: 8 Mile, returning from Redhill

FARE: Oyster Cards accepted.


Sunday 6th January                                                        Leader: Tony Norton


MEET: Marylebone Station 09.00 for the 09.12 train to Chalfont & Latimer arriving 09.43 (or Rickmansworth) where we change for the LTU Metropolitan Line to Chesham (Arr. 10.03).

LUNCH: Great Missenden - a selection of venues are available.

TEA: Unlikely DISTANCE: 9-10 miles - suitable for most walking grades.

FARE: £10.30 returning from Chesham with Network Railcard. Oyster Zone 9. Freedom Pass and 60+ cardholders free.


Sunday 13th January (Map: Landranger 187)         Leader: John Burbage 

MEET: Victoria Station 09.05 for the 09.19 train to Boxhill & West Humble (arr. 10.33). Train also available from Waterloo departs 9.32 with change at Epsom to meet the Victoria train.

LUNCH: William IV, Mickleham (expensive)

TEA: National Trust Centre, Boxhill

DISTANCE: 10 miles. Very hilly with six steep climbs.

FARE: Return Boxhill and West Humble £5.90, £2.50 from Zone 6 boundary, both with Network Card.

NOTE: Leader may join train en route.


Saturday 19th January  2013                  New Year's Party 


The party will be at St Mary Moorfields Church Hall from 7pm onwards following mass in the Church which will be at 6pm (for the benefit of new members St Mary Moorfields is at 4-5 Eldon Street which is close to Liverpool Street Station - carry on past Platform 1 and go up the ramp or steps into Eldon Street).  Bring food to share and your choice of drink and pay £5 on entry.  Prizes for the raffle will be gratefully received.  Our regular friendly disco will be provided by 'Canute' with soft music for the first hour and music for dancing later.    


Sunday 20th January (Map: Explorer 146)              Leader: Maurice Hickman 

MEET: Victoria at 0910 for 0932 train to Redhill (arr. 1003)

LUNCH: The Three Horseshoes, Ironsbottom

TEA: Garland (Harvey's pub), Redhill

DISTANCE: 11 miles returning from Redhill

Fare: £6.80 with Network Card


Sunday 27th January (Map: Landranger 166)    Leader: Henriette van Zaelen 

MEET: Liverpool Street at 09.15 for the 09.28 train to Ware arrive 10.56. Train calls at Tottenham Hale (Victoria Line) at 09.48. Due to Engineering works change for bus at Waltham Cross

LUNCH: Choice of two available on route

TEA: Unlikely

DISTANCE: 9 miles, gently undulating circular walk from Ware

FARE: £6.20 return with Network Card.

NOTE: Leader will join walkers at Tottenham Hale. 


Sunday 3rd February (Landranger 178)              Leader: Jan Hildebrand 

Cuxton to Sole Street (Kent)

MEET: Charing Cross station at 8:55 for 9:10 train to Cuxton (changing at Strood), arriving 10:39. Returning from Sole Street. Note: Buy a round trip ticket to Rochester to cover us for both journeys.

LUNCH: The Cock Inn, Luddesdowne (a delightful pub dating from 1713)

TEA: Railway Inn, Sole Street

DISTANCE: 7.9 miles (some hills and mud)

FARE: £9.25 with Network Railcard


Sunday 10th February (Map: Landranger 165)              Leader: Tony Norton

MEET: Euston Station 09.10 for the 09.23 train to Berkhamstead (arr. 09.58).

LUNCH: Bridgewater Arms, Little Caddeston

TEA: Possibly

DISTANCE: 13 miles returning from Tring. Some hills.

FARE: Anytime Return to Tring £9.50 with Network Card.



Sunday 17th February 2013 (OS Explorer Map 13)  Leader: Philip Groves 


MEET: London Bridge at 8.25 for 8.41 train to Hassocks arriving 09.34

LUNCH:  Devil's Dyke Inn (on top of Devil's Dyke)

TEA:  Why not?!

DISTANCE: 15 miles, a few hills

FARE: CDR to Hassocks with railcard, £6.40 cheapest fare (booked in advance on

NB If the leader is not at the station he will join the group at Hassocks. 


Sunday 24th February (Map: Landranger 165)   Leader: Paul Connolly


NB Change of details from the printed programme - the changes shown below are made necessary by engineering works.



MEET: Marylebone - 0945 for 10 am train to  Princes Risborough (Arr  10 38)

LUNCH: Wendover - plenty of options including at least one pub where you can eat your own food.

TEA: Aylesbury

DISTANCE: 12 miles returning from Haddenham and Thame Parkway - Hilly in the morning, and likely to be muddy in parts.

FARE: £14.60 anytime return with NWC 



By the end of the period covered by this programme it will be time to pay your subscriptions for 2012-2013 so please don't put it off.  Send a cheque for £7 (payable to "St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club") to Gillian McLauchlan. 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 October 2013.

Don't forget that subscriptions must be paid by 31st December 2012.


Club Committee 2012-2013


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


President: Fr Peter Newby,                     

Parish Priest,                                            

St Mary Moorfields, 4-5 Eldon Street,                    

London EC2M 7LS                                                   


Secretary                                                           Membership Secretaries    Maurice Hickman,                                             Antoinette Adkins, 

                                                                            Henrietta Van-Zaelen,                                


Treasurer: Gillian McLauchlan.                          Ramble List Compiler

                                                                                                John Burbage,

Publicity Co-ordinator                                       Other Duties      

Robert Slater,                                                     Tony Norton,

                                                                             (Please refer any social events to him)



New Committee

We welcome Robert Slater back on the committee who will be resuming his work on Club publicity.  Barbara Bridle has come off the committee and we welcome a new person on to the committee - Noelle de Freitas  We wish her well in whatever task she takes up.  Gillian can now be contacted by email.  See above for that address.  The committee always welcomes new members.  If you haven't served on it before please think about serving on it.        


Think About Getting Your Newsletter by Email

More members have been signing up to get their newsletter by email.  If you would like to help the Club out by receiving your newsletter in this way, please contact Maurice or another member of the committee.  Printing and postage costs are very high.  This cost is even higher if we have to send out addenda to cover rambles which are submitted late. Advantages of receiving the newsletter by email are:  getting it early, receiving last minute details of walks(e.g. rambles such as for 6th of January which could not be arranged in time for the current newsletter) and latest news items concerning what is happening on the Club scene.    


News and Forthcoming Events

Requiescant in Pace

It is with great sadness that the death of Paul Button, Michael Dunne, Helen O'Brien, and Kathleen Toohig past members and fairly active members in their time.  Many older members will have memories of Paul Button who was quite a quiet spoken man but well known by Club members during the time when he was active in the Club. He died on the 19th of June. Michael Dunne was married to Jean Johns in 1966. Kathleen Toohig joined the Club shortly after the war and was married to Dennis whom she met in the Club.  Helen was a much more recent member who many current members of the Club knew.  She died on the 10th of September and a Requiem Mass was held for her on the  17th of September.  A Club Mass for her will be held on Monday 3rd December at 1.05 pm in Westminster Cathedral.


Annual Reunion - Saturday 29th September 2012

A heartfelt Thank You to all who did so much to make this year’'s Reunion another happy event in the life of the Club. 


We are very grateful to Fr. Peter Newby for the use of St. Mary Moorfields hall and its facilities.  This venue where the Club began 83 years ago, is very dear to our hearts, not least by those who come long distances to be with us.  Thank you Father Peter.  Many thanks also to those who sent in greetings, remembrances and warm wishes to be passed on.  These were much appreciated.


Now we look forward to 2013, D.V.


Anne and Maureen


Father Peter Newby

Congratulations to Father Peter Newby on having completed 10 years as president of the Club.

As far as can be remembered the parish priest of St Mary Moorfields in the city of London has always been the president of the Club.  In recognition of this 10 years of service to the Club Father Peter was presented with some Italian wine.  He is to be made a Canon of Westminster Cathedral in January.  Fortunately for us he will still be living in the presbytery at St. Mary Moorfields.


Countdown to the Holiday Fellowship's Centenary

2013 is the Centenary Year of the Holiday Fellowship and it will be celebrating being 100 years young throughout the year.

Highlights include their special Centenary holidays-

The week of 25 May for Guided Walking in the UK and selected European destinations and the week commencing 3 August for their UK leisure activities and celebrations.  Full details of each holiday are available on their website:


These special holidays are selling fast - just over 1,000 guests have already booked - so book now to avoid missing out on this memorable occasion.


Full details can be obtained in their centenary brochure.  Ring  0845 470 8559 for a copy.

Philip Evans

Tony Finnegan has put all known rambles that Philip led on the website.  To access them go to:  Maurice will be leading one of his walks which he led around Redhill and be going to a favourite pub of his(The Three Horseshoes) for lunch on Sunday 20th January 


Forthcoming Events


Saturday 8th December 2012 - 3pm to 5pm

There will be a German Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) at the German Y.M.C.A. , Lancaster Hall Hotel. 35 Craven Terrace, London W2.

Hot lunches are served in the restaurant from one o'clock.  Also tea/coffee and delicious German cakes.  The market opens at 3pm - many beautiful handmade Christmas gifts, cards etc and lots of German 'goodies'.  Proceeds go to charity.


The nearest underground station is Lancaster Gate on the Central Line.  Directions are as follows:  Turn R out of station, cross Lancaster Terrace at the traffic lights, walk a short distance along Bayswater Road (Kensington Gardens on L ), pass The Swan pub, turn R at Lancaster Gate, keep straight on, cross a little road (Brook Mews North ) and into Craven Terrace.  You will see the YMCA sign ahead of you.  It is about 8-10 mins. from station.


If further information is required contact:  Maureen Furlong:  Email:


Thursday 13th December 

Meet West India Quay DLR station at 1845 hrs to go to royal opera house live cinema ballet "THE NUTCRACKER" at Cineworld.  Price £17.50, concessions £13.50.  Book with Henriette by December 5th or directly at 08712002000.


Saturday 15th December - Christmas Dinner at  First Floor Posk

Lowiczanka Polish Centre Restaurant,238-246 King Street,Ravenscourt Park,LondonW6(Close to tube station).

Wine,dine and dance the night away(well,until midnight)in a night club atmosphere.Rendezvous time 7pm.Price includes three course meal with tea/coffee,Christmas crackers,jug of water with lemon,live music of a truly international flavour.Gratuities at your discretion.Reasonably priced drinks.Menu is as follows:


Starter:      Mushroom cream soup served in bread bowl.


Main meal: Roast Turkey with all the trimmings  or

                 Roast Salmon served with mascarpone sauce.


Dessert:     Classic Christmas Pudding tradionally served with brandy sauce or

                 Homemade Cheesecake served with chocolate sauce.


For vegetarians the main course is Spinach Pancakes served with dill sauce.


 Christmas Dinner at  First Floor Posk 

Please send  your choice of main course and dessert and a cheque for £25.50,payable to R.G.Slater, by Saturday 8th December.It can be post dated 15th December if you wish.Robert's e.mail address is


Friday 28th December 

Meet in the Wetherspoon pub called 'The Gatehouse' in Highgate for a George Gerswin musical "CRAZY FOR YOU" at 2.15 sharp.  The show starts at 3pm.  A meal can be had afterwards at 5.15 pm.  The cost of the performance for over 60's is £10 plus 60p service charge.  For under 60's the cost is £14 plus 60p service charge.  Make cheques payable to Joseph O'Reilly and let him have it  before 10th December and no later.  His address is: 4 Rona Road, London NW3 2JA.  If you want a pub meal please let Joe know when sending money so he can book tables at the Wetherspoon pub.  How to get to pub:  Catch a Northern Line train(Mill Hill East or High Barnet) to Highgate.  Come out of station at exit No 3 and turn right up Southwood Lane to top of road.  Turn right to see the pub.  If in doubt ring Joe.  His telephone number is:  74821530.


Santiago de Compostella March-April 2013

Maurice is planning to complete the Camino over the Easter period next year staying at some Franciscan and Benedictine refugios en route. The possible dates for this are form Wednesday 27th March to Monday 15th April, leaving Gatwick for Madrid on the Wednesday morning and returning from Santiago to Stansted on the Monday. After this he will plan a separate trip to Finisterre and Murcia.


A&B Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham - August 2013

The next Arundel and Bighton Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage will be from Saturday 10th August to Sunday 25th August inclusive. The pilgrimage will start in Bedford and follow the John Bunyan Way to begin with.  More details of this can be accessed from the website: next February.  More details in the next newsletter. 


HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION   Club member Philip Groves is offering his holiday property in the Eastern Pyrenees at a special discount for club members.

The property which is on the French/Spanish and near the GR11 sleeps up to 6 and is comfortable and well furnished. It is located in a sunny and picturesque village on a high plateau at 1250 metres surrounded by mountains with many excursions to summits and  lakes to suit all abilities plus local thermal baths to relax afterwards!  The property is readily accessible from a number of airports including Barcelona, Toulouse, Carcasonne, Perpignan and Gerona. Philip is offering a 30% discount off his normal price for anyone booking for 2013 by 31 January, and a 15% discount after that. The discounts apply for any time of the year including peak season. The property has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and the living and kitchen/dining rooms get the sun for most of the day. Full details of the property and rental rates can be viewed at Phone Philip for further details  e-mail him at




Saturday 19th January  2013                  New Year's Party 


The party will be at St Mary Moorfields Church Hall from 7pm onwards following mass in the Church which will be at 6pm (for the benefit of new members St Mary Moorfields is at 4-5 Eldon Street which is close to Liverpool Street Station - carry on past Platform 1 and go up the ramp or steps into Eldon Street).  Bring food to share and your choice of drink and pay £5 on entry.  Prizes for the raffle will be gratefully received.  Our regular friendly disco will be provided by 'Canute' with soft music for the first hour and music for dancing later.