St Francis of Assisi Catholic Rambler's Club



The Club is approved by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster


Affiliated to the Ramblers Association and HF Holidays


Programme of Rambles / Events for Summer 2017

(Items for the next programme by the end of July please)

Summer programme June to August 2017


A big and heartfelt thank you to the leaders who have helped make this summer programme such a varied one. Many of you may know I have not enjoyed the best of health since the beginning of 2017 and my main concern was not to present a list of walks which were, and looked, cobbled together. It is to their great credit that the leaders without hesitation understood this objective and whether close to London or further afield have done an excellent job in providing walks which I hope a large number of the active membership will participate in and enjoy. For your guidance, please note the dates of rambles not taking place on a Sunday: 

Saturday 3rd June.      

Saturday 5th August.      

Monday 28th August.


Please note:  Please on walks, let the leader lead from the front.  If you walk in front of the leader you are potentially leading his/her walk and should bear the responsibility if you take a wrong turning and cause everyone to get lost.  This is particularly the case in wooded areas.  The turn off to another path could be hidden and would probably be only known to the person leading the walk.  Also people who charge ahead in front of the leader can cause the leader unnecessary worry as he/she is engaged in watching the people in front rather than concentrating on the task of leading the walk and looking out for the next path junction.      Maurice


Saturday 3rd June      (Explorer map 192)            Leader: Robert Slater


Meet:   Euston 0850 for 0913 train to Bletchley (arr.0949). Change there for 1001 (plat. 6) to Ridgmont ( arr.1019).

Lunch: Woburn. Good selection pubs and restaurants. Picnic in the village  if you wish.

Tea:     The Rose & Crown, Ridgmont.

Distance:  10 miles returning from Ridgmont.

Fare:    £15.25 CDR Ridgmont with Network card.

We shall be crossing Woburn Safari Park and Deer Park. Expect to see various exotic animals - does that include ramblers??!!.

Safari ranger Robert will meet intrepid walkers at Ridgmont.


To see photographs taken on this walk click HERE


Sunday 4th June                                              Leader: Henriette Van Zaelen

Meet:             Fenchurch Street 0910 for 0925 train to Benfleet (arr 1004)

Lunch:          Leigh on Sea old town – plenty of options

Distance:       9 miles returning from Benfleet

Fare:              £12.20 CDR Benfleet


Sunday 11th June 2017    (OS Explorer map OL33)    Leader: Philip Groves


It appears that the 0930 [Portsmouth Harbour] train has been retimed to leave Waterloo two minutes earlier at 0928, and Clapham Junction at 0937, the subsequent stops being unchanged from the published timetable.


Meet:   Waterloo Station: 09:10 for 09:30 train to Haslemere (arriving 10:28)

Lunch: The Duke of Cumberland Arms, Henley (good food)

Tea:     Noah's Ark Pub, Lurgashall

Distance:          16 miles returning from Haslemere (some hills)

Fare:    £14.40 CDR Haslemere with Network Card

NB: Leader will meet group at Haslemere


Sunday 18th June   (Landranger map 165)    Leaders: Virginia and Roger Yelland

Meet:   Marylebone 8.30am for 8.57am train to Wendover (arr 9.45am).

Lunch: The Red Lion, Whiteleaf (Grid: 819043), nr Monks Risborough.

Tea:     Wendover (various options).

Distance: 12.5 hilly, energetic but rewarding miles taking in Little Hampden Common, Whiteleaf Cross, Beacon Hill, Coombe Hill, returning from Wendover.

Fare:    CDR Wendover  £11.50 (with Railcard), £5.10 (Freedom Pass from Z6 Boundary: Amersham).


Sunday 25th June     (OS Explorer 145)           Leader:  Maurice Hickman

Meet:   Waterloo 0900 for 0930 train to Guildford (arr. 1012)

Lunch:  Drummond Arms, Albury

Tea:     The Rodboro Buildings (Wetherspoon), Guildford.

Distance: 12 miles, returning from Guildford

Fare:    £10.85 with Network Card

Hilly in the morning but this is rewarded with glorious views.


Sunday  2nd July.  (Explorer map 192)       Leader: Robert Slater

Meet:  Euston  0940 for 1001  train to Tring( arr. 1036)

Lunch:  The Traveller's Rest, Edlesborough (on Tring Rd outside village)

Tea:     The Monument Café, Ashridge Estate and/or Valiant Trooper, Aldbury.

Distance: 11 miles. Hilly walk in the Chilterns.

Fare:    £10.50 with Network Rail Card, returning from Tring.

Robert will meet walkers at Tring.


Sunday 9th July     (OS maps 188 & 189)        Leader: John Burbage

Meet:   Victoria 08.15 for the 08.42 train to Ashford Int. (arr. 10.03) where we change for the 10.16 train to Rye (arr. 10.37).

Alternative route from St.Pancras International departs 09.09 and Stratford International 0915 arriving Ashford Int 09.47

Lunch: The New Inn, Winchelsea. Medium priced, atmospheric inn with walled beer garden.

Tea:     Yes. Rye is famous for its tea shops.

Distance: 10 miles. Some hills but with magnificent views. Returning from Rye. We will have time to wander around Rye.

Fare:    Super off-peak return from Rye £18.55 with Network Cards (£22.05 for HSP service). With Freedom Pass + NWC £15.90.

Note: Leader will be travelling via Victoria.


Sunday 16th July     (OS map 188)                 Leader: Maurice Hickman

Meet:  Victoria at 0920 for 0947 train to Eastbourne (arr. 1109)

Lunch:  Tiger Inn, East Dean

Tea:     Birling Gap

Distance:  12 miles, returning from Eastbourne.

Fare:    £21.30. with Network Card.   Advance single tickets cost from £3.30

May be a chance of a swim at Birling Gap weather permitting.  Hilly terrain most of  day.


To see photographs taken on this walk click HERE


Sunday 23rd July    (OS Explorer map 173)       Leader: Maria Vaz

Meet:   Moorgate 9.20 for 9.49 train to Alexandra Palace (arr. 10.09 - zone 3) 
Train also departs Old Street (Northern line) 9.51, Highbury & Islington 9.56

 (Victoria and Overground and Finsbury Park (Victoria/Piccadilly line) 10.02.

Lunch: Prince of Wales, Highgate.  Other food/drink options available on the High street.

Tea:     Possibly… in Hampstead

Distance: 12 miles finishing at Hampstead tube station – Zone 3. A walk through parks and  ancient woodland,  including some hills with great views of the capital’s skyline.

Fare:    Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options

Maria will meet the ramblers at Alexandra Palace station.


Sunday 30th July     (Explorer map 120)        Leader: Angela Shardlow

Meet:   Victoria 0850 for 0917 train to Chichester (arr 1100).
Change for 1126 train to Bosham (arr 11.32)

Lunch: Anchor Bleu, Bosham. Other eating places available.

Tea:     Chichester Marina

Distance: 12 level miles returning from Chichester.

Fare:    £19.55 CDR Bosham with NSE discount plus ferry fare £2.50


To see photographs taken on this walk click HERE


Saturday 5th August (OS Landranger Map 176) Leader: Kevin MacNamara

Meet:   Paddington at entrance to platforms 12, 13 & 14 at 10.15am for 10.30 start.

Lunch: Grand Junction Arms, Harlesden or good priced Lebanese Restaurant, Beit El Zaytoun, close by.

Tea: The Black Horse, Greenford.

Distance: 9 level miles returning from Greenford. Option to extend walk to Hanwell along the Capital Ring for those who wish. Kevin will finish at Greenford

Fare:    Freedom pass / Oyster / Travelcard options.


To see photographs taken on this walk click HERE


Sunday 13th August (Explorer Map 174)  Leaders Virginia & Roger Yelland

Meet:   Stratford platform 11 in good time for the 09.44 Greater Anglia train to Enfield Lock (arr 10.04). Train also calls at Tottenham Hale 09.55 (Victoria Line).

Lunch: The Kings Head, 2B Kings Head Hill, Chingford

Tea:     Queen Elizabeth, 95 Forest Side, Chingford, or Chingford Village (various options).

Distance: 10 miles, returning from Chingford. Plenty of stiles!

Fare: Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options.


Sunday 20th August   (OS map 171)       Leader: Lizzie Cripps

 NB Please note changes from times shown in the printed programme                                                                                              

Meet:   Paddington 0850 for 09 13  train to Twyford NB Not 0915 train as previously published (arr 10 02 instead of 1004). Change for the 1031  train to Henley on Thames (arr 10 43). There will be time for a toilet stop and coffee at Twyford to ensure the walk commences promptly on arrival at Henley.

Lunch: Stag & Huntsman, Hambledon. (Benches nearby for those with packed lunch.)

Tea: Catherine Wheel, Henley (Wetherspoons)

Distance: 10.5 leisurely miles returning from Henley.

Fare:    £13.95 with Network Card CDR Henley


Monday 28th August  (OS maps 166 & 167)   Leaders: Sue & Bryan Shakespeare

Meet:   Moorgate at 0930 for 0949 to Hertford North (arrives 1039)
Train also calls Highbury and Islington 0957 (Overground and Victoria line) and Finsbury Park 1002 (Tube and Mainline)

Lunch: The Punch Bowl, Ware

Tea: Several cafes in Hertford

Distance: 8 miles returning from Hertford Nort The ramble includes riverside walks, commons, woodland and tow paths

Fare:    £5.70 with Network Rail card

Sue and Bryan will meet ramblers at Hertford North.


To see photographs taken on this walk click HERE



 Club Committee 2016-2017

(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,


Ben Sealey


                          News and Events - Summer 2017


Friday 9th~Saturday 10th June         A Festival of Hope


Spirit in the City Leicester Square


Friday 9th June - Rise Theatre presents the premiere of


7.30pm in Notre Dame de France.  Doors open at 7.00pm.  The show

will be followed by a reception.  Tickets: £ 10 (concessions for students,

60+, unemployed and groups 10+).  Booking on 020 7440 2663 or

on line.


Saturday 10th June - Leicester Square     12.00-8.00pm


MUSIC STREAM / / Live Music


PRAYER STREAM / / Prayer Tent

Oasis of Mercy with Eucharistic Adoration, bible readings, worship and music.


Q&A about faith tent and intercessory prayers


MISSION STREAM / / Welcoming points

Catholic organisations share information about their work.  Street evangelisation.



Every half hour from 1.00 - 5.00pm

Worship Dance.  Family friendly activities.


Notre Dame de France Church


2.00PM / / SANDWICH SERVICE and outreach to the poor.



'Dying for hope - Living to Love:  How Christians respond to the refugee crisis'




Thursday 15th June                 Leader :  Dorothy Hickman


Visit to Arundel Cathedral to see the Carpet of Flowers

Catch the 10.06 train from Victoria to Arundel (arrives 11.26 ).

Fare :  £29.60 Off Peak Day Return (Senior Citizens £19.55)

               Advance Single Tickets cheaper.

Walk one mile to Cathedral to see the Carpet of Flowers.

Refreshments in Cathedral Hall and then 3 mile walk through Arundel Park past the tower and Swanbourne Lake or, if weather bad, pay a visit to Arundel Castle.  Tea in Arundel.


There is a 5.30 Mass in Cathedral followed by a Blessed Sacrament Procession to Arundel Castle for Benediction.


Leader Dorothy Hickman will get on the train at Three Bridges