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 Assoc.


Programme of Rambles and Events for June - August 2010

Items for the next programme by the end of July please 

Please Note: Due to the number of fares available, the prices shown here are indicative. Considerable savings can be made by using Network Cards, checking with the train operator for deals and booking on-line in advance. Oyster cards are now usable on local trains within the London area (Zones 1-6).

To save space Landranger has been abbreviated to LR and Explorer

to EX

Wednesday 2nd June (OS LR Map 197)                                                Leader: Tony Finnegan

A special outing to view the carpet of flowers at Arundel Cathedral before Corpus Christi on Thursday.

MEET : Victoria 09 40 for 10 02 train to Arundel (arr. 11 29)

LUNCH : The Black Rabbit, well known riverside pub on the bank of the Arun. Does good food.

TEA : Arundel.

DISTANCE : 7 miles altogether. In the morning we will visit Arundel Cathedral to view the world famous carpet of flowers prepared for the feast of Corpus Christi on Thursday. Then an easy two mile walk along the river bank before lunch at the Black Rabbit. After lunch there will be a steep hilly walk through Arundel Park with good views over the South Coast.

FARE : £15.90 Anytime Day Return from Arundel with Network Card (£13.20 from boundary zone 6)


Sunday 6th June                                                                                       Leader: Penny Rivett

MEET: Waterloo Station 09.00 for 09.18 train to Teddington (SWT) (arr. 10.02) There is a 10 minute rail replacement bus journey from Kingston to Teddington.

LUNCH: Tilt Yard Restaurant, Hampton Court (no entrance fee required)

TEA: Bushet Park

DISTANCE: 9 miles returning from Teddington

FARE: £6.45 return Erdington £5.00 using offpeak Travelcard/Oyster Zone 6 both with Network card.

Penny will meet ramblers at Teddington

Sunday 13th June (Map LR 166 & 167)                                                    Leader: Robert Slater

MEET: Liverpool Street 0910 for 0928 train to Ware.Change at Broxbourne for 0957 on platform 3(arr 1007). Total time 39 mins.%u2028 

LUNCH: Old Crown,Much Hadham%u2028 

TEA: Ware%u2028 

DISTANCE: 14 miles returning from Ware.%u2028 

FARE: £5.30 return from Ware with Network Railcard

Robert will meet walkers at Ware.

Sunday 20th June (Map LR 187)                                                       Leader: Maurice Hickman

MEET: Victoria 09.15 for 09.34 train to Gomshall (change at Redhill) (arr. 10.42)

LUNCH: Hurtwood Inn, Peaslake (early lunch - good food & beer)

TEA: Compasses, Gomshall

DISTANCE: 12 miles, returning from Gomshall - hilly in the afternoon.

 £6.75 return from Gomshall with Network Card.

Maurice will meet ramblers at Redhill


Monday 21st June (OS LR Map 177)                                                  Leader: Tony Finnegan

A walk to get the most out of the extended daylight on the longest day of the year.

MEET : Bromley By Bow Underground station (District or Hammersmith and City Line) in time for a 6 pm start

REFRESHMENTS: Possibly at a riverside pub near the end, depending on day light.

DISTANCE : 4¾ miles, beginning early enough to finish in daylight on the longest day of the year, but hopefully late enough to allow hard working members to join us after work. The route will be along well made up canal banks so no special clothing or footware will be required.

FARE : Travel card. The walk will begin and end in zone 3.

Sunday 27th June (Map EX OL22 )                                                       Leader: John Burbage

A walk in the New Forest split into two halves. Walkers can join the afternoon walk and miss the early start.

MEET: Waterloo Station 08.20 for the 08.35 train to Brockenhurst (arr. 10.18) Afternoon walkers can take the 10.35 train (arr. 12.18) and meet at the lunch stop.

LUNCH: The Rose & Crown, Brockenhurst (on the Lyndhurst Road, 5 minutes from the station.)

TEA: Brockenhurst

DISTANCE: Morning 4.5 miles in the deep forest. Afternoon 6.5 miles in a mixture of forest, farms and heathland. Generally level walking.

FARE: £ 23.45 return from Brockenhurst with Network Card. Note: Book on-line in advance for further discounts.

Sunday 4th July (Map LR 197)                           Leaders: Jan Hildebrand & Angela Shardlow

MEET: Victoria 08:45 for 9:17 train to Chichester (arr 10:57) Note: train divides in Worthing, make sure you are in right carriage (usually first 4).

LUNCH: The Ship Inn, Itchenor ( late lunch, so bring a snack for earlier in day)                       

TEA: Bosham

DISTANCE: 12 miles, level walk around harbour returning from Bosham

FARE: £15.05 (day return to Bosham) with NC discount. Plus £2.00 for ferry.


Sunday 11th July (Map LR179)                                                 Leader: Maureen Cahalane

MEET: Victoria 08.45 for the 09.05 train to Birchington (arr 10.47)

LUNCH: A choice in Reculver

TEA: Herne Bay

DISTANCE: 8 Miles to Herne Bay or 12 miles if walkers wish to take the coastal path a furthern 4 miles to Whitstable. Return from Herne Bay or Whitstable

FARE: £18.10 return Birchington With Senior Rail Card 14.50

(Leisure walkers can go to Herne Bay , lunch Reculver and back to Herne Bay tea or further walk onto Whitstable - Fare to Herne Bay with Network Card £14.90 Senior Railcard £11.30)

Sunday 18th July (Map LR 188)                                                        Leader: Paul Brunning


MEET: Charing Cross 09.50 for 10.08 train to Sevenoaks (arr. 10.42)

LUNCH: The Kings Arms, Brasted

TEA: Sevenoaks

DISTANCE: 11.5 miles returning from Sevenoaks

FARE: £6.15 Offpeak return from Sevenoaks with Network Card.

Sunday 25th July (Map LR 199)                                                       Leader: Maurice Hickman

MEET: Victoria 09.25 for the 09.47 train to Eastbourne (arr. 11.19)

LUNCH: Tiger Inn, East Dean                TEA: Birling Gap

DISTANCE: 12 Miles returning from Eastbourne

FARE: £16.35 Offpeak return from Eastbourne with Network Card

There is the opportunity for a swim if the weather is fine.

Sunday 1st August (Map EX 135 )                                                       Leader: John Burbage

MEET: Victoria 09.05 for the 09.25 train to East Grinstead (arr. 1020)

LUNCH: Chequers Inn, Forest Row

TEA: Wetherspoons, East Grinstead

DISTANCE: 13 miles returning from East Grinstead - hilly in places.

FARE: £7.85  Offpeak return from East Grinstead with Network Card

Sunday 8th August (EX Map 174 or OS map for the Corporation of London). Leaders: Virginia & Roger Yelland (07910 358646)

MEET: at Stratford at 09.00 for 09.28 train to Cheshunt (arr 09.49). Train stops at Tottenham Hale at 9.40 (Victoria Line). Stratford is served by mainline, DLR, London Overground and Jubilee Line

LUNCH: The Crown, Broxbourne. (TL373 067). Good Ale & Food. Good Beer Garden alongside the Lea Navigation towpath.

TEA: Waltham Abbey (adjacent to the historic Abbey). Choice of Tea shops and Pubs.

DISTANCE: 13-14 miles in the Lea Valley: the Lea Navigation Canal, Lakes, Woods, a Farm, even a Hill. Returning from Cheshunt.

FARE: £7.10 SOPDR Stratford to Cheshunt

Please check for changes due to the Olympic extension.

Sunday 15th  August (Map )                                                                  Leader: Paul Brunning

MEET: Victoria 09.20 for the 9.42 train to Otford (arr. 10.19)

LUNCH: The Crown / Two Brewers, Shoreham

TEA: Possibly the RAF Museum, Shoreham

DISTANCE: 11 Miles returning from Eynsford

FARE: £6.10 Offpeak return to Otford with Network Card

Sunday 22nd August (OS LR Map 165/166)                                          Leader: Tony Finnegan

MEET : Baker Street 09 10 for 09 31 Metropolitan Line train to Chalfont and Latimer (arr. 10 12)

LUNCH : The Boot, Sarratt.

Tea : We hope.

DISTANCE : 10 miles returning from Chalfont and Latimer.

FARE : £6.80 Oystercard or £9.00 off-peak Travelcard Zone 1- 8. Other discounts may apply. The walk will begin & end in zone 8.


B H Monday 30th August (Map LR 165 )                                                  Leader: Tony Norton

MEET: Marylebone Station 09.00 for the 09.20 train to Princes Risborough (arr. 10.01)

LUNCH: Selection of pubs in Wendover

TEA: Possibly

DISTANCE: 13 miles returning from Princes Risborough

FARE: from £7.45 off-peak return with Network Card


Please ensure that you bring your Network Cards or Gold Cards so that you can get 1/3rd off full fares for yourself and up to three guests travelling with you.  This does not of course apply to Senior Railcard holders.  They do not share their discount with anyone!  Anyway, check out the latest prices as there are some strange anomalies; for instance it is cheaper to buy an all zone travelcard from East Croydon Station than it is to buy an ordinary ticket to a London termini.


Club Committee 2009 - 2010


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


President: Fr Peter Newby, Parish Priest,          Publicity Co-ordinator

St Mary Moorfields, 4-5 Eldon Street,                  Robert Slater, 

 London EC2M 7LS       


SecretaryMaurice Hickman,                               Membership Secretaries

                                                                               Antoinette  Adkins,                                                                                                                           Francis O'Sullivan


Treasurer:  Gillian McLauchlan,                            Ramble List Compiler

                                                                               John Burbage,            


Committee Members                                                                                              

Carol Anley,

Maureen Cahalane,


Noreen White R.I.P.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Noreen White (nee McNulty) sister to Antoinette Adkins who died recently.

Frances Winifred Dean R.I.P.

Please also pray for Francis Dean who was a cook for many years for the

Arundel and Brighton (A&B) Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimages.  Many Club members who went on these Pilgrimages (a different fortnightly Pilgrimage is held every year) will have fond memories of her and especially her wonderful cooking.  

New Life Member

Since the new committee was formed in October last year,  Henrietta Van Zaelen has taken up Life Membership.

New Members

Since last October the following have joined as members: Rosanna Celocia of London N1, John Connolly of Wimbledon SW19, Mary Kinsella of Harrow Middlesex, John and Louse Chenery of Beare Green near Dorking, Felicity Collins of Woburn Place, London WC1, Catherine Hagan of Uxbridge, Merle Maxwell-Flavins of London N22, Victor Komlan Zewy of Dagenham and Martha Komian of London W4.  I hope I have spelt all your names correctly.  If not please let me (the Secretary) know so that your name is correct on the address labels when future programmes are sent out.  I and all other Club members wish you all many happy rambles with the Club.

Holidays with the H.F. (Holiday Fellowship)

Earlier in May this year over 30 Club members enjoyed a wonderful week's holiday at a H.F. house in the Lake District.  Our Club is affiliated to H.F. Holidays.  For more information about H.F. Holidays visit their website:


Spirit in the City Festival (Thursday 3rd - Saturday 5th June)

This is a celebration of Catholic Faith in the heart of London.  Four London churches are

taking part in this:  Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory near Piccadilly Circus,

St Patrick's Soho Square, Corpus Christi Maiden Lane and Notre Dame de France in Leicester Square.  For more information about these events visit their website:

or contact West End Churches Tel:  020 7025 1596

Monday 28th June 7pm at St. Mary Moorfields, Eldon Street

The Eve of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.  Mass followed by a reception in the hall.

Eldon Street is situated midway between Liverpool Street and Moorgate Stations.

Future Events at Saint Mary Moorfields Eldon Street

Saturday 9th October - AGM , Mass and 80th Anniversary Celebrations

On this day we will be electing a new committee.  If you have not served on the Club committee before please give it serious consideration.  The future of the Club depends on it.

Remember no committee no Club.  In the next programme a nomination form will appear but now is the time to seek out nominations but please approach who you wish to nominate first to make sure that they will be willing to stand.  The AGM will be folowed by Mass at  6pm

After the mass we hope to have a celebratory dinner but more of this in the next programme.

Saturday 13th November - Mass for the Deceased Members of the Club

On this day there will be a Mass for the deceased members of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Rambler's Club.  Those who attend this 6pm usually meet afterwards to go somewhere close by for a meal.

Other Matters 

Membership Conributions

For those joining the Club for the first time after 31st July this year membership contributions will be £7 but their first year's membership will take them up to October 2011 or Life Membership is available for £140.  The corresponding rates for overseas members is £9 and £180.

Have you put up a Club Poster?

Does your parish notice board display a copy of the Club's invitation to new ramblers to come and join us?  If not please get a copy from Antoinette Adkins who is on the list of committee members as a membership secretary.  Her daughter Sinead (also a Club member) has made some very good laminated posters two of which have gone up in Westminster Cathedral.  Next time you are in the Cathedral make a point of looking out for them!  Remember before you put them up to ask your Parish Priest for permission or if there is one already there replace it with the new laminated version.

Southern Railway Ticket Offers

Southern Railway are offering up to 40% off tickets bought in advance on line.  To find details of what they have to offer go to

Engineering Works

Don't forget that Sunday train services can be affected by engineering works, e.g. trains from Charing Cross are sometimes diverted to begin from Cannon Street or Victoria.  Information on these can be obtained by calling 08457 484950 or see National Rail website at

Children and Vulnerable Adults

Children and vulnerable adults must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  It is the policy of the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club to endeavour to ensure that no child or vulnerable adult is left in the company of a lone adult on a ramble or at a Club event.