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

Programme of Rambles / Events for March to May 2011

(Items for the next programme by the end of April please

New Leaders

The Club desperately needs new leaders to take the place of those members who are no longer able to lead walks and give relief to those leaders who have to lead two or more walks on a programme.  Please contact John or Maurice.


Sunday 6th March                                                           Leader: Paul Connolly


Meet : Liverpool Street 0920 for 0945 train to Harold Wood (arr 1010)

Lunch : The Orange Tree - Havering Atte Bower

Tea : Hmm.....

Distance :10 mostly level but some muddy miles following part of the London Loop  returning from Chigwell (Central Line)

Fare : All zones Travelcard £8.00 / £5.30

Paul will meet the ramblers at Harold Wood


Sunday 13th March (Landranger Map 187)                   Leader: Paul Brunning


Meet: Charing Cross 0950 for 1008 train to Orpington (arr 1030)

Lunch: The Queens Head or The George & Dragon, Downe

Distance: 9.5 easy miles returning from Orpington

Fare: Travelcard Zones1-6 Oyster Pay-as-You-Go can be used. Freedom Pass holders go free.


Sunday 20th March (Explorer 146)                          Leader: Maurice Hickman


Meet: Victoria 1010 for 1032 train to Gatwick (arr. 1111)

Lunch; The Farmhouse, Langshott Road, Horley , RH6 8PB- TQ 290441%u2028 

Tea: Garland, Redhill                   

Distance: 9 miles

Fare: £7.45 with Network Railcard

This walk follows the Millenium South Walk, although in the opposite direction to the published walk.


Sunday 27th March (Landranger Map No. 164)      Leader: Jan Hildebrand


Meet: Paddington Station at 9:15 for 9:35 train to Oxford (arr. 10:41)

Lunch: Plough Inn, Wolvercote Green (traditional pub grub, less touristy than pricey Trout Inn, 15 min. earlier)

Tea: Nosebag, 6-8 St Michael's St, Oxford or Goats Head Pub (across lane)

Distance: 9.4 miles, totally flat, mostly along rivers, canals & water meadows that can be very muddy

Fare: £14.20 with Network Railcard

Leader will meet walkers en route


Sunday 3rd April                                                           Leader; Paul Brunning


Meet: Victoria 09.20 for 09.38 train to Shoreham, Kent (arr 1030)

Lunch: The Rising Sun, Twitton

Tea: Possibly at Shoreham Museum

Distance: 11 miles returning from Shoreham

Fare: £6.00 with Travelcard


Sunday 10th April (Chiltern Hills North Explorer 181)    Leader: Philip Groves


MEET: Baker St tube station 09:05 for 09:31 tube to Chesham Zone 9 (arr.10:21)

LUNCH: The Cock and Rabbit, The Lee

TEA: Likely to be Chesham

DISTANCE: 14 miles returning from Chesham

FARE: £8.00 All Zone Travelcard

NB:  If he is not at the station, leader will meet group at Chesham


Sunday 17th April (Landranger 166)                               Leader: Robert Slater


Meet: St. Pancras at 0910 for 0933 train to Harlington

Lunch: The Lynmore,Sharpenhoe

Tea: Harlington

Distance: 11 miles returning from Harlington

Fare: £10.90 with Network Card. Hilly in morning but manageable. Robert will meet walkers at Harlington


Easter Monday 25th April                                                Leader Tony Norton

Meet: Marylebone 09.10 for 09.27 train to Wendover.

Lunch: Lee and Kings Ash, Great Missenden

Tea: Possibly

Distance: 15 miles returning from Wendover

Fare: £9.55 with Network Card


Sunday 1st May                                                      Leader: Witold Sokolowski


Meet: Waterloo 10.00 for the 10.18 train to North Sheen

Lunch: Pembroke Lodge or the nearby pub

Tea: Windmill on Wimbledon Common

Distance: 9.5 miles returning from Wimbledon

Fare: Applicable fares to Zone 3

Mass is available in the Franciscan Church, 26 Cornwall Road at 9.00. Cornwall Road is behind Waterloo East Station a couple of minutes walk from Waterloo entrance.



May Day Holiday - 2nd May (Landranger Map 153)    Leader: Robert Slater


Meet : King's Cross at 0915 for 0936 train to Sandy(arr.1022)

Lunch: The Crown,Northill. Arrive about midday when Morris Men are performing. While participants in traditional May Day pageant assemble we shall lunch in pub or garden.Main courses a little pricey but likely to be barbecue as well.Procession to Ickwell starts at 0130 which we can follow if so inclined.Pub next to interesting 14th century church of St Mary the Virgin.

Tea : Ickwell Village Hall/Pre-school on the village green.

Distance: 8 MILES returning from Biggleswade

Fare : £11.20 return to Sandy with National Railcard. Explore the May Day fair(first documented c1565) and watch the crowning of the May Queen and the dancing round the maypole. Panamas and sunglasses may be appropriate. If still hungry at end of ramble the Italian restaurant ASK worth a visit or the Golden Pheasant pub for good selection of beers and coffee.


Sunday 8th May                                                   Leader: Henriette Van Zaelen


Meet: Gordon Hill (Zone 5)

Lunch: The Green Dragon

Tea: Possibly

Distance: 10 miles round Enfield and Chesham .

Fare: Travelcard Zones1-6 £7.50, £5.00 with NC discount. Oyster Pay-as-You-Go can be used. Freedom Pass holders go free.


Sunday 15th May (Landranger Map 166)                          Leader:Carol Anley


Meet: Kings Cross 0930 for 0952 train to Hitchin(arr 1021)

Lunch: The Red Lion,Preston

Tea:Three Moorhens,Hitchin

Distance: 10 miles returning from Hitchin

Fare: £ 8.90 Hitchin from Kings Cross with Network Railcard.  Carol will meet ramblers at Hitchin.


Sunday 22nd May     (Explorer Map 147)                 Leader: Maurice Hickman


Meet: Victoria at 0920 for 0947 train to East Croydon(arr. 1006) to %u2028connect with 1015 train to Edenbridge Town (arr. 1042 )

Lunch: Castle Inn, Chiddingstone (muddy boots welcome! )

Tea; Edenbridge

Distance: 12 miles, returning from Edenbridge Town (change at Oxted) or Edenbridge (change at Redhill)

Fare: £6.45 to Edenbridge stations with Network Card Maurice will meet ramblers at Edenbridge Town Station



Sunday 29th May (Explorer Map 174)       Leaders Virginia & Roger Yelland


(Better map is the Epping Forest map by OS for the Corporation of London)

Meet: at 10am at Epping Station (Central Line: Zone 6: Epping is approximately 55m from Oxford Circus).

Lunch: Definitely! Call 07910 358646 for details.

Distance: 12 miles through parts of the northern Forest that we have not covered yet, and the estates of the Buffer Lands, including Copped Hall (one time home of Queen Mary Tudor). Undulating.

Fare: £8.00 All Zone Travelcard





Club Committee 2010-2011


(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,           


Secretary: Maurice Hickman,                       Membership Secretaries

                                                                       Antoinette Adkins,                                                                                             Francis O'Sullivan, 


Treasurer: Gillian McLauchlan.                     Ramble List Compiler          

                                                                       John Burbage, 

Publicity Co-ordinator

Paul Brunning,     


Committee Members                     

Barbara Bridle,

Maureen Cahalane,


Maureen Dobson R.I.P.


I am sorry to announce the death of Maureen Dobson (Terry's wife), who died peacefully on 29 January. Many of you will know that she had been seriously ill in a nursing home for a number of years. Terry has asked me to thank you for the support of so many friends in the club over the years and for your expressions of sympathy and prayers.


Australia Storms


Please remember the people of Australia in your prayers.  A number of Club members either have relatives living out in the affected areas or on holiday there.





Details of Holidays and Other Events


Ignatian Day Saturday March 12th


I have not been able to book a retreat for the Club yet this year as I have found

that the places offering a retreat are rather expensive and since the Club have lost

out financially on the last two occasions on account of the very low take up for this event I have felt no option but to forgo arranging this for the present.  The Jesuit centre at 114 Mount Street,  Mayfair have an Ignatian  retreat day on the second Saturday of each month from 11am to 4.30pm.  The suggested donation for this day is £20.  It is not necessary to book up beforehand for these Ignatian Days. Anyone who wishes to come to the March event should meet me (Maurice) outside the centre between 10.30 and 1045am.   Bring a packed lunch.  Afterwards, to kill time, I propose  following a guided walk through Mayfair before going to the 6pm Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Farm Street.  After Mass anyone who wants to can walk through Hyde Park to The Tyburn, Marble Arch( Wetherspoon) for a meal and a drink.  For more information and map Google  'Mount Street Jesuit Centre'.  I have no idea how popular this sort  of  retreat day will be with Club members so please if you intend to come please let Maurice know even at the last minute so that we do not  overwhelm the centre with a large number of people.  After all you can always go along at the same time on Saturday 9th of April.


Holiday in Alnwick, Northumberland Friday June 3rd to Friday June 10th.


Accommodation in twin-bedded rooms(single rooms scarce and dear).  If interested ring Dorothy Hickman AS SOON AS POSSIBLE


Arundel & Brighton Walking Pilgrimage 13 to 28 August 2011


This year the pilgrims will be walking from London to Birmingham in honour of Blessed Henry Newman.  I shall be leading the day out of London from Ealing Abbey to Windsor, a probable distance of about 17 miles with plenty of in- between stops where people could join or leave as the case may be. For more information and an application form visit:


 Kerry Holiday


As was announced in the last programme Tony Finnegan is planning a week's walking holiday in September.  21 people have provisionally put down their names and in order to secure travel bookings arrangements have already been made for those who have confirmed their interest.  The date of the holiday will from Wednesday 7 to Wednesday 14 September.  and the cost will be in the region of £590.  If you have not put down your name already and wish to do so Tony will make every effort to fit you in.  You can contact Tony on 020 8787 5293, mobile 0780 304 2748 or e mail :   If making contact for the first time you will need to send a cheque for £178.98 payable to A G Finnegan to cover flight cost and a deposit for accommodation in Ireland".