St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club

Affiliated to the Ramblers Association and H.F. Holidays

Programme of Rambles / Events for Summer 2019

Walks for the next programme by early August please.

Congratulations to our two newest leaders Margaret Brady and Brian Falls for their contributions to this programme. Please do your best to support their rambles.

Please note, the following rambles are not on a Sunday:

Saturday 1st June
Saturday 8th June
Saturday 24th August
Monday 26th August

Saturday 1st June Leader: Tom Gilmartin (Explorer maps 146 & 161)

Meet:         Victoria 0845 for 0909 train to East Croydon (arr. 0926)
Lunch:      The Bull, Chelsham Common
Tea:           Let’s see
Distance: 11 miles returning from Woldingham
Fare:         Oyster/Freedom Pass/60+Oyster options plus £1.60 single

                  Woldingham to Upper Warlingham with railcards. PAYG Oyster

                  will have to buy a single to their nearest Station for tapping in –

                  up to £6.00 (Victoria) with railcards
Tom will meet the ramblers at East Croydon


To see some impressive photographs taken on the above Woldingham Walk Click HERE


Saturday 8th June Leaders: Catherine Scott, Ann Brooks, Virginia and Roger Yelland

Club Pilgrimage and Mass: Aylesford Priory (“The Friars”) (OS Explorer 148)

Meet:    London Victoria at 0830 for 0855 train to Maidstone East (arr. 0957)
Lunch:     The Barn at Aylesford Priory. Or Pubs and Restaurant options in

                 the village

Tea:          Before leaving Aylesford Priory
Distance: 7 miles. A leisurely, contemplative amble along the River Medway

                 to Aylesford Priory (3.5 flat miles), returning to Maidstone by the

                 same route

                 For those who wish to take the bus, Arriva 155 Chatham service

                 stops outside Maidstone East station at 10.11 and 11.11 and at

                 the entrance to the Priory, Please check it is the Aylesford bus.

                 Journey time: 20 minutes. From the Priory return buses are 15.14,

                 16.14, and 17.14. The Midday mass will be said for the club’s

                  intentions, remembering our deceased and sick members, and

                  our members who not able to join us on walks. After lunch we will

                  have prayer in a chapel, and some free time. Call Roger  for

                  more information

Fare:         CDR Maidstone East £13.00 with Railcards

Sunday 16th June                Leader: Robert Slater (Landranger map 165)
Meet:        Euston 0900 for 0924 to Bletchley (arr.1020)
Lunch:     The Old Red Lion, Great Brickhill
Tea:          The Globe Inn, by the canal, Linslade
Distance: 14 miles returning from Leighton Buzzard
Fare:         £9.90 CDR Bletchley with Railcards. Route includes lakes,

                  heathland, woodland and Rushmere Country Park viewing point

                  to see nesting herons
Robert will meet walkers at Bletchley. 


To see some impressive photographs taken on the above Bletchley Walk Click HERE

Sunday 23rd June              Leaders: Antoinette Adkins and Lizzie Cripps

(Landranger map 179)

Meet:         St Pancras 0910 for 0937 high speed train to Dover Priory (arr.


                  Also calls at Stratford International 0943 and Ashford

                  International 1014
Lunch:      There will be a short mid-day refreshment break (bring your own

                  snack). Fish and chip supper at Sea View restaurant and

                  takeaway in Deal, at approximately 4.30pm
Distance: 11 miles returning from Deal. Some hills and steep steps to climb
Fare:         High Speed train £22.40 return with Network card. Other travel

                  options available, however, walk will commence from Dover

                  Priory station at 10.45 prompt


You can see some photographs taken on the above Dover to Deal walk HERE

Sunday 30th June            Leader: Maria Vaz (OS map 181)
Meet:       Baker Street 0900 for 0920 Metropolitan line to Chesham (arr.


                 Train starts from Aldgate at 0901 and calls Liverpool Street 0903

                  and Kings Cross 0912
Lunch:     The Black Horse Inn, The Vale, Chesham
Tea:           Let’s see…
Distance: 10.5 miles ramble skirting the outer fringes of Chesham: some

                  hills, some stiles and great views. Expect some muddy paths

                  after wet weather. Returning from Chesham
Fare: Oyster/Freedom Pass/Travelcard options


You can see some photographs taken on the above Chesham walk HERE

Sunday 7th July    Leaders: Ann Brooks, Virginia and Roger Yelland (OS Explorer 148) Hollingbourne Circular via Hucking

Meet:         London Victoria at 0900 for 0925 train to Hollingbourne (arr. 10.36

                  - NB NOT1031 as stated in the printed programme). See

                  additional guidance on travel arrangements by clicking


Lunch:     The Hook and Hatchet at Hucking (GR836583)
Tea:          Possibly the Dirty Habit in Upper Street, or options in Eyhorne


Distance: 8-10 miles. The North Downs Escarpment between Thurham,

                 Hucking and Hollingbourne: The North Downs Way, and the

                 Pilgrims Way. Call Roger if you would like more 

Fare:         CDR Hollingbourne £13.00 with Railcards. Freedom Pass

                  Holders £8.00 (from freedom pass boundary, Swanley, with



You can see some photographs taken on the  above Hollingbourne walk HERE


Sunday 14th July             Leader: Kevin MacNamara (OS Landranger 179)

Meet:        Victoria 0815 for 0840 train to Margate (arr. 1023) Also high-

                 speed train from St Pancras International 0825 calling Stratford

                 International 0831 arriving Margate 0959
Lunch:     The Captain Digby, Kingsgate Bay
Tea:          The Royal Victoria Pavilion (Wetherspoons), Ramsgate or other

                 options nearby
Distance: 9 miles, returning from Ramsgate. The walk is mostly along the

                 cliff top path with views over the channel, with several secluded

Fare:         From Victoria £21.00 CDR Ramsgate with Railcards - Not valid

                  on HS1 trains From St Pancras £25.20 with Railcards
Kevin will meet the ramblers at Margate


You can see some photographs taken on the above Hollingbourne walk HERE

Sunday 21st July Leaders: Antoinette Adkins and Lizzie Cripps (OS

              map 188)

Meet:        Charing Cross Station at 0900 for the 0925 train to Wadhurst (arr.

Lunch:      Rose & Crown Pub, Mayfield
Tea:           Probably
Distance: 12 miles with lots of stiles returning from Wadhurst. Can be

                  muddy in wet weather
Fare:         £12.95 CDR Wadhurst with railcards.


You can see some photographs taken on the above Hollingbourne walk HERE

Sunday 28th July                 Leader: Maurice Hickman (Explorer map 123)

Meet:        Victoria 0920 for 0946 train to Eastbourne (arr. 1110)
Lunch:      Tiger Inn, East Dean
Tea:           Birling Gap
Distance: 12 miles, returning from Eastbourne
Fare:         £22.70 CDR Eastbourne with railcards


You can see some photographs taken on the above Eastbourne walk HERE

Sunday 4th August             Leader: Brian Falls (Landranger map 153)

Meet:         Kings Cross 0950 for 1013 train to Arlesey (arr 1050)
Lunch:      The Green Man, Stanford
Tea:           Engineers Arms, Henlow
Distance: 12 level miles. Arlesey to Shefford and back
Fare:         £9.10 CDR Arlesey with railcard discounts
Brian will meet the ramblers at Arlesey


You can see some photographs taken on the above Arlesey walk HERE

Sunday 11th August             Leader: Pauline Lobo (Landranger map 166)

Meet:        Moorgate at 0920 for 0943 train to Gordon Hill (arr. 1019). Train

                 also stops at Finsbury Park at 0957. Tube and other mainline

Lunch:     The Crocodile, Old Cheshunt
Tea:          Forty Hall
Distance: 10.5 miles returning from Gordon Hill
Fare:         Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options
Pauline will join en-route. 

Sunday 18th August        Leader: Antoinette Connolly (Explorer map 162)


Meet:          Please note the following change to the outward journey this                           Sunday. 

                        Cannon Street is closed. 

                        The train will now depart Charing Cross 1022, also calling London 
                         Bridge 1031 and Lewisham 1040, arriving Mottingham 1050.
                         Antoinette will join the train at London bridge and everything else 
                    is as per the programme.
                    If you know anyone who is intending to be out but does not                            have access to emails please advise them about this change.


Saturday 24th August        Leader: Margaret Brady (Landranger map 188)

Meet:        Victoria 1000 for 1025 train to Otford (arr. 1100)
Lunch:     The Sennokian, Wetherspoons, Sevenoaks. Other options nearby
Tea:          Tba
Distance: 8 miles returning from Otford
Fare:         £8.65 CDR Otford with railcards

Monday 26th August     Leader: John Burbage (Explorer maps 137 & 148)

Meet: Victoria 0905 for the 0925 train to Harrietsham, Kent (arr. 1034) Train also calls at Bromley South and Swanley
Lunch: The Park Gate Inn near Eyhorne Street. Picnic area with cafe nearby
Tea: Possibly in Harrietsham
Distance: 11 varied miles. The morning walk is very hilly but with fine views

                 and will be taken at a brisk pace. The afternoon is gentler and

                 includes a walk through the beautiful grounds of Leeds Castle
Fare:         £20.20 CDR Harrietsham with Railcards (deals from £16.60)
                 To join the walk for the afternoon only please contact John by

                 Friday 23rd August on for further details.

Summer News and Events

Items for the next programme by early July please

Refugee Tales walk : Saturday 6th to Wednesday 10th July 2019


This is a walk from Brighton to Hastings staying en route at Lewes, Alfriston, Eastbourne, and Bexhill. There will be entertainment during the day and evening with talks and with music.

The overnight accommodation may be fully booked, however, you can come and walk on one of the days but you have to book through their website. The price for a day pilgrim is £10.

Travel and booking information are provided on the website

Spirit in the City 2019 - Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June.
The theme this year is "Life to the Full". "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full" The Spirit in the City festival aims to share the Good News of God’s love with everyone. Located in Leicester Square, the festival welcomes people of all faiths, ages, and walks of life. The events feature live music, workshops, faith conversations, opportunities for prayer and reconciliation, and much more. Some of our club members attend this festival every year. Please visit for more information.
Thursday 20th June - Visit to Arundel Cathedral to see the Carpet of Flowers
Leader: Maurice Hickman
Catch the 10.06 train from Victoria to Arundel (arrives 11.28).
Fare: £20.80 with railcards or buy two advance tickets for £6.60.
Walk one mile to Cathedral to see the Carpet of Flowers. Refreshments in Cathedral Hall and then a 3 mile walk through Arundel park past the tower and Swanbourne Lake, or if bad weather, pay a visit to the castle. There is a 5.30 Mass in the Cathedral followed by a Blessed Sacrament Procession to Arundel Castle for Benediction. Tea in Arundel.
Maurice will join the party en-route.
St Hilda's Pilgrimage Saturday 10th to Sunday 25th August 2019
This year the Pilgrimage will start from Lincoln Cathedral and finish up at Whitby.
Accommodation is mainly in church and village halls so you have to bring your own bedding and sleeping bag. The cost of the whole pilgrimage is under £200 which includes breakfast and evening meals, and transport of your personal items. If you wish you can book for any section of the pilgrimage and are thus not limited to coming for the whole two weeks.
Lunch is usually at a pub. There will be two rest days at Brigg and Bridlington.
Maurice will be leading one day from North Ferriby, near Hull, to Beverley and Francis O’Sullivan the next day from Beverley to Driffield. Please go to for more information.

Future Events

Saturday 19th October - AGM and Mass for Deceased Members 


Anew committee will be elected at the AGM. If you have not served before, please give it serious consideration. The future of the Club depends on members being willing to serve.


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


 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 Secretary         

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.