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 Spring 2018



(Items for the next programme by early May please)



RAMBLE LIST March to May 2018

Another splendid effort from the current crop of leaders without whom the ethos of a walk every week would be difficult to achieve.


Please note; the following walks do not take place on a Sunday:


Saturdays 10th March, 24th March, and 28th April

Good Friday 30th March

Monday (bank holiday) 7th May



Sunday 4th March Leader:                Paul Brunning (Explorer map 188)

Please be advised although the snow is receding Paul Brunning has decided that the ground conditions make it unsafe to undertake this ramble.


If you know people likely to attend but who are not online, please can you let them know as soon as possible about this cancellation.


It should be noted this is only the second time in nearly twenty years that adverse circumstances have caused a ramble not to take place.


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Meet        : Blackfriars 0920 for 0942 train to Eynsford (arr 1030)

Lunch     : The Crown, Shoreham

Tea          : Hmmm......

Distance : 9 miles returning from Eynsford

Fare        : £8.00 CDR Eynsford with Network card


Saturday 10th March      Leader: Kevin MacNamara (OS Landranger 179)

Meet       :Waterloo, under famous clock on concourse, at 1010 for 1028

                 train to Richmond (arr 1047)

                 District line and Overground trains also serve Richmond

Lunch    Please be advised the lunch stop is now the Coach and

                 Horses in Barnes and not at the White Hart, Barnes as was

                 stated in the printed programme.

Tea          : Putney

Distance : 9 level miles from Richmond to Putney along Thames Path. 

                  Could be muddy in parts.

Fare        : Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options. 


Sunday 18th March Leader:              Maria Vaz (OS Explorer map 181)

Meet        : Baker Street 0900 for 0920 Metropolitan line to Chesham (arr


                 Train starts from Aldgate at 0901 and calls Kings Cross 0912

Lunch      : The Black Horse Inn, The Vale, Chesham

Tea           : Chesham

Distance  : 10.5 miles ramble in the Chilterns: some hills, great views, expect

                  some muddy paths after wet weather. Returning from Chesham

Fare          : Oyster/Freedom Pass/Travelcard options

Maria will meet the ramblers at Chesham.


Saturday 24th March            Leader: Maurice Hickman (Explorer Map 146)

Meet       : Victoria at 0910 for the 0931 train to Dorking (arr. 1024)

Lunch    : Stephen Langton, Friday Street

Tea         : Leith Hill or Plough, Coldharbour

Distance: 11 hilly miles, returning from Holmwood

Fare        : £9.10 Holmwood with Network Card

Maurice will meet the ramblers at Dorking


Good Friday 30th March                  Leader: Tony Finnegan (OS map 187)

Meet        : London Bridge 0915 for 0942 train to Three Bridges (arr 1016)

                  Also calls East Croydon 0956

Lunch     : Cowdray Arms, Whitely Hill (12 30 – 2 00) GR 308334

Tea          : Three Bridges

                  We will attend the Good Friday Service at Worth Abbey at 3 pm

                  Boots off in the Church please

Distance: 8 miles returning from Three Bridges

Fare        : £8.05 cdr Three Bridges with network card reduction

Tony will meet the Ramblers either on the traiin or at Three Bridges


Sunday 8th April                             Leader: Lizzie Cripps (OS map 188)

Please note change of time for outward journey from time shown on printed programme

Meet        : Charing Cross 0850 for 0914 train to Wadhurst - still due 1029. 

Also calls Waterloo East 0917, London Bridge 0923, and Orpington 0950.


In addition, due to the very muddy conditions it is essential ramblers coming on this walk wear proper walking boots and ideally have hiking poles as well.

Lunch     : Rose & Crown Pub, Mayfield

Tea         : Probably

Distance: 12 miles - lots of stiles, can be very muddy

Fare        : £9.10 with freedom pass and senior rail card, £14.90 with Senior Rail Card/ Network Card


Sunday 15th April Leader: John Sealy Wandle River Walk (Explorer map 161)

Meet      : Victoria 0925 for 9.49 train to Waddon (arr 1021)

                Train calls Clapham Junction 0956 (Overground and National

                 rail), and Balham 1000 (Northern line)

Lunch    : Abbey Mills, The William Morris or alternative places to eat

Tea         : NoT today

Distance: 9 miles finishing at Wandsworth Town or Clapham Junction

Fare: Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options

John will meet the ramblers at Waddon. 


Sunday 22nd April           Leader: Maurice Hickman (Explorer Map 133)

Meet       : Waterloo at 0900 for 0930 train to Haslemere (arr 1028)

Lunch    : Red Lion, Fernhurst

Tea         : The Swan Inn (Wetherspoon), Haslemere

Distance : 9 miles, returning from Haslemere

Fare       : £12.60 Haslemere with Network Card

Some hills on this walk. Maurice will meet the ramblers at Haslemere.


Saturday 28th April Leader: Angela Shardlow (Landranger map 197)

Meet      : Victoria 0850 for 0917 train to Chichester (arr 1104)

                 Train also calls Clapham Junction 0923 and East Croydon 0933

Lunch    : Spotted Cow, Hunsdon

Tea         : Chichester Marina

Distance: 10 miles returning from Chichester

Fare        : £20.20 CDR Chichester with NSE discount

Angela will meet the ramblers at Chichester.


Monday 7th May                            Leader: Robert Slater (OS map 153)

Meet       : King's Cross 1000 for 1022 to Sandy (arr 1108)

                 Train also calls Finsbury Park 1028 (Victoria and Piccadilly lines 

                  and other mainline services)

Lunch    : The Crown, Northill. Meal in pub or barbecue in garden

                 Follow May Day procession from Hostelry to Ickwell village green.

                 Watch crowning of the May Queen, traditional dancing round a

                 maypole, and Morris Men perform Wander round the stalls and

                 have tea and excellent selection of cakes in village school hall.

Tea         : As stated or White Hart, Biggleswade, where walk finishes

Distance: 8 miles

Fare        : £14.10 cheap day return to Sandy

Robert will meet walkers at Sandy. 


Sunday 13th May           Leaders: Roger & Virginia Yelland (Explorer 181)

Meet       : Marylebone 0840 for 0857 train to Wendover (arr 0945)

Lunch    : The Cock and Rabbit (The Graziemille Restaurant). GR899043

Tea         : The Cafe in the Woods (Wendover Woods), or in Wendover

Distance: 12.5 miles. This is a hilly Chilterns walk: cumulative ascent / 

                  Descent: 437m.

Fare       : OPDR (to Wendover): £11.90 (with Railcard), £5.20 (Freedom Pass from Z6 Boundary at Amersham. 


Sunday 20th May      Leaders: Lizzie Cripps and Antoinette Adkins (Explorer map 161)

Meet      : Richmond Station concourse for 1030 start, visiting Richmond 

                Park including the Isabella Plantation.

Lunch    : Roebuck Pub or Hollyhock Cafe (vegetarian option), Richmond

Tea         : Probably

Distance : 10 miles finishing at Richmond station.

Fare         : Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options


Sunday 27th May                    Leader: John Burbage (Landranger 186)

Meet       : Waterloo 0840 for the 0900 train to Liss (Hants) (arr 1023)

Lunch     : Selborne Arms, Selborne. A welcome return to this popular pub 

                  with reasonably priced food and local beers/ciders.

Tea          : Possibly at Greatham or Liss

Distance  : 13 very hilly miles through the countryside made famous by the 

                    Victorian naturalist Gilbert White. We may have the opportunity

                    again to pick wild garlic en route

Fare          : £18.55 Off-peak Day Return with Network Card. Look out for

                    Southwest Train deals nearer the time.


News and Events December 2017 to February 2018

June Chill R.I.P.

Many members will remember Richard Chill who died some years ago and used to lead many lovely walks for the Club. June was his wife and the funeral was at St Edmund of Canterbury in Beckenham and the committal at Beckenham Crematorium. A number of present and former members of the Club were present. After the committal the members went to June's flat with the others.


Remembrance Masses

Catherine Scott has arranged remembrance Masses for all those members of the Club who have died during the recent past. These will all take place at Westminster Cathedral. All members of the Club are invited to come along. The dates and times of these Masses are as follows:

Tuesday 27th March at 12.30pm for Betty Morrison

Thursday 5th April at 1.05pm for Alfred Tisi

Tuesday 12th June at 1.05pm for June Chill


Prayers for Maxine O' Reilly

Angela Shardlow visited Maxine early in January 2018. She is not very well and lives in a care home in Exeter. It would be appreciated if she could be included in your prayers.


New Members of the Club

The committee would like to welcome the following new members to the Club: Peter Postinger, Elaine Hirth, Ann Wray and Brian Falls. We wish you many happy future rambles.


The Walking Partnership

“The Committee is pleased to report that the Club has recently joined The Walking Partnership. This is an arrangement between The Ramblers Association and their subsidiary, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, to pay a contribution to walking groups, clubs and societies to encourage them to get more people out walking and involved with improving footpaths and the local environment. 5


Payments will be made every time a Member nominates the Club when booking a Ramblers Walking, Chapters Experience, Load off your Back, or Adagio holiday. If you have already booked, you can nominate the Club up to the time you go. Payments of £10 will be made for UK holidays, £20 for short haul (European) holidays and £30 for long haul holidays. There are also payments for groups of 16 or more people.

The Committee has agreed to waive the annual membership subscription, in the year the holiday is taken, for any Member who nominates the Club. Please let the Treasurer know directly or via a Committee Member if you have done so as the payment cheque will not have this detail”.



 Club Committee 2017-2018

(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

Henrietta Van Zaelen,


Maria Vaz,


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