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 Winter 2015/2016

(Items for the next programme by the beginning of February please)


On Sunday November 29th  November the route of the walk has had to be completely changed due to engineering works. 

Catch the 1034 train from London Bridge to Purley for bus to Redhill (arr. 1210) where the walk will start.

Lunch:  Station Hotel, Nutfield

Tea:  Garland, Redhill

Distance:  7 miles  

Fare:  £7.40 with Network Card

Maurice will meet the walkers at Purley rail station


Ramble programme December 2015 to February 2016 

Thanks very much to the few who made a complete programme possible. Now, how about the few becoming the many to help make it easier to have full programmes with a greater variety of walks by distance and location?


Fares will go up at the beginning of January and information on this was not available at the time the programme was completed. Please be forebearing should you find it costs you a bit more than what is shown below.


Sunday 6th December.   Leader: Martin Harrisson  (OS map 176)

Meet        : Cockfosters (Piccadilly line) 1015 for 1030 start - about 40

                  minutes from Holborn

Lunch      : The Chequers, Coopers Lane, Potters Bar

Tea          : Trent Country Park if time permits 

Distance  : 9 miles, returning from Cockfosters 

Fare         : Travelcard/oyster/codger pass options


Sunday 13th December.    Leader: Robert Slater.    (OS map 166)

Meet               :  King's Cross 0900 for 0922 to Stevenage (arr.0946) 

Lunch            :  The Rusty Gun, St.Ippolyts. Isolated pub on B656.Grid


Tea           :  Hitchin 
Distance  : 10 miles returning from Hitchin. 

Fare         :  £8.25 Hitchin return with Network card. NB. Aim to arrive in Hitchin market square in time for the carol singing and mulled wine followed by tea/coffee and cake in Café Nero. Even Wetherspoons nearby.

Robert will meet walkers at Stevenage. His mobile number: 07780 599922.


Sunday 20th December.  Leader: Paul Connolly  (OS map 176)

Meet         : St Pancras International - Platform B - 0940 for 1004 train to Elstree and Borehamwood (arr 1026). You can pick this train up as follows; East Croydon 0917, Blackfriars 0954, Kentish Town 1008, and West Hampstead 1012.

Lunch       : Railway Bell (Wetherspoons), Barnet.

Tea           : Let's see

Distance   : 9 miles returning from Arnos Grove (Piccadilly line).

Fare          : Travelcard/oyster/codger pass options.

Paul might meet the Ramblers at Elstree and Borehamwood.


Sunday  27th December.   Leader: Maurice Hickman  (OS map  Explorer 146)

Meet : Victoria 0905 for 0935 train to East Croydon to connect with

0958 bus to Merstham (arr. 1041)   

Lunch      : Sportsman, Mogador 

Tea          : Urban Kitchen kiosk, Reigate Hill 

Distance : 8 miles returning from Redhill 

Fare        : £7.40 CR Redhill with Network Card 
We shall be climbing a steep hill in the morning. Good views over to  
the South Downs from Colley Hill on a clear day.

Maurice will meet the ramblers at East Croydon Rail Station


Sunday 3rd January        Leader: Paul Brunning  (Either OS Landranger map 188 or Explorer Map 147 and not map 187 as was accidentally shown on the printed programme) 

Meet        : Blackfriars mainline station 0920 for the 0942 train to Eynsford (arr. 1030).

Lunch     : The Crown, Shoreham 

Tea          : Possibly 

Distance : 9 miles returning from Eynsford

Fare        : £7.80 CDR Eynsford with Network Card discount.

Paul will meet the ramblers at Eynsford


Sunday 10th January.      Leader: John Burbage   (OS map 176) 

Meet: Waterloo Station 09.40 for the 09.57 train to New Malden (arr. 10.19).

Lunch      :  Crooked Billet, Wimbledon Common.

Tea          :  Putney 

Distance :  8.5 miles, generally on the level but with a gentle climb to Wimbledon Hill. Be prepared for muddy paths. Route follows the Beverley Brook from near its source to the Thames at Barnes. We return from Putney. 

Fare       : Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options

Please Note: Leader will join group en route.


Sunday 17th January. Leader: Maurice Hickman   (OS map Explorer OL34)

Meet         : Victoria at 0925 for 0948 train to Horsham (arr. 1051) 
* NB If you are getting this train it will leave Victoria at 09 47 and you will need to change at Gatwick Airport to join the Horsham train which will have started at London Bridge. Alternatively you can take the 10 02 train from Victoria direct to Horsham (arriving 11 02) and Maurice will join this train at Redhill. The train leaves Redhill at 10 35.

Lunch      : Dragon Inn, Colgate 

Tea          : Lynd Cross (Wetherspoon ) or other option in Horsham 

Distance : 10 miles, returning from Horsham 

Fare         : £13.45 with Network Card 
We shall be walking through St. Leonard's Forest, dragon country. It can be rather wet and muddy underfoot in places and the terrain is hilly but the pub has welcoming fires inside. NB If you are taking the 10 02 from Victoria as recommended above you can make an advance booking to travel out on that and return on the 17 45 from Horsham for the very good value price of just £5 return. But you will need to move quickly to secure the advance booking.

Maurice will meet the ramblers en route.


Maurice is considering going to the pub in Colgate during the two week Arundel and Brighton Walking Pilgrimage (Horsham to Worth Abbey) in August 2016.  He will be following some of the same paths he will be walking this Sunday.


Sunday 24th January.  Leader: Philip Groves (mobile 07736 060 254)  (Explorer Map 181) 

Meet: Euston at 8.35 for 8.55 train to Tring arriving 9.30 

Lunch: The Valiant Trooper, Aldbury 

Tea:  Berkhamsted 

Distance:  around 16 miles, some hills, returning from Berkhamsted 

Fare: CDR to Tring with railcard, £10.35  
Philip will meet group at Tring


Sunday 31st January.   Leader: Paul Brunning      (OS map 188*)

Meet      : Charing Cross 0920 for 0947 train to Sevenoaks (arr 1030)

Lunch     : Bucks Head, Godden Green

Tea          : Possibly

Distance : 9.5 miles returning from Sevenoaks

Paul will meet the ramblers at Sevenoaks

* Please note that this walk can be found on either Landranger Map 188 or Explorer Map 147 and not Landranger Map 187 as was accidentally stated in the printed programme.


Sunday 7th February. Leader: Angela Shardlow (Explorer map 120)

Meet : Victoria 0850 for 0917 to Chichester (arr 1059) - change for 1126  train to Bosham (arr 11.32)

Lunch      : Anchor Bleu, Bosham

Tea           : Wetherspoons, Chichester

Distance  : 8 level miles returning from Chidham

Fare : £19.10 CDR Bosham with network card plus bus Chidham to Chichester £3.20

Angela will meet the ramblers at Bosham


Sunday 14th February      Leader: John Burbage   (OS map 187) 

Stop Press Announcement: Please note a major change from the arrangements contained in the printed programme - Instead of 

Meeting at Victoria Station for the 0910 train to Boxhill & West Humble it will now be necessary to take a train from London Bridge and the new arrangements are:

Departs London Bridge at 09.15 to Box Hill & Westhumble (arr.1014) calling at Tulse Hill (09.29), Streatham (09.32) and all following stations. Alternatively departs Waterloo at 09.02 to Epsom (arr 09.36) calling at Clapham Junction and Wimbledon, and following a coffee/comfort break change for the Southern train to Boxhill & Westhumble at 10.02.



Sunday 21st February.   Leader: Henriette Van Zaelen   (OS map 176) 

Meet       : Baker Street 0940 for 0957 Metropolitan line train to Croxley (arr 1034) 

                  Stop Press Forced Change of Plan: No Metropolitan service Wembley Park -                          Aldgate on this date.  Please use Jubilee Line from Baker Street to Wembley Park                          and change there for  the Metropolitan line to Croxley. The Tfl Website suggests that                      a Jubilee Line train from Baker Street at 9 47 would, following the change to the                              Metropolotin at Wembley Park, get people to Croxley by 10 34, the start time                                   suggested on the programme. But if you miss the 9 47 there are                                                       frequent trains after it so take thhe  next  one  along.


Lunch      : Croxley Green - choice of venues. 

Tea           : Let's see. 

Distance : 7 miles returning from Croxley 

Fare         : Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options 


NB Special announcement of a ramble on 28 February which replaces the one shown for that day on the printed Winter Programme:


Sunday 28th February Leader: Paul Connolly OS Explorer map 173 plus a hint of 174.
Meet        : Highgate - Northern line 10.15 for a 10.30 start
Lunch       : Jolly Butchers - Stoke Newington High Street
Tea            : Hmmm
Distance   : 9 miles returning from Mile End - Central line
Fare          : Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options.
This ramble will appear at the beginning of the Spring programme which will be with us shortly.
The following was shown on the printed programme but has now been replaced by the ramble shown above.


Sunday 28th February.   Leader: Paul Connolly   (OS map 177)

Meet       : Liverpool Street 0920 for 0944 train to Harold Wood (arr 1011)

Train calls Stratford 0951 - various Tube, Overground, DLR, and other rail connections.

Lunch      : Greyhound, Childerditch Common

Tea           : Brentwood

Distance : 8 miles returning from Brentwood

Fare         : Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options plus single Brentwood to Harold Wood £2.00 with Network card. If you use the 498 bus from Brentwood to Harold Wood/Romford passes and travelcards are valid on this service.         



                                                  Club Committee 2015-2016


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


President: Fr Peter Newby, 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,


News and Events


John Burbage has taken over from Gillian McLauchlan as treasurer of the Club.  We thank Gillian for the service she has rendered to the Club over the many years she has been its treasurer. We welcome Maria Vaz who will be serving for the first time on the committee.


Thank You: "Anna Trugsnath would like to thank all those who sent get well wishes when she underwent an operation recently.  Your kind thoughts were very much appreciated."


AGM Saturday 24th October 2015

At the meeting we discussed the shortage of members willing to lead rambles and ideas for advertising the Club to get more members.  Although there were about 28 members present at the meeting the motion to reduce the membership fee for members who receive the newsletter by email was not carried as the numbers for the motion was not much more than the numbers against.  A committee of 7 members was elected consisting of 4 men and 3 ladies.  A vacancy now exists for another lady to come on to the committee.


Is there another lady out there, new or old member, who is prepared to offer her services to the committee? The tasks are not onerous and we meet just 4 times a year at one another's houses where we are often treated to a most generous helping of food and drink.


Secretary's Report

During the past year Club holidays have been organised to Walsingham and Glastonbury.  A few members also did a trek from Santiago Compostella  to Finisterre and Muxia and back.  Several Club members also went on the Arundel and Brighton Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage around the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton starting at Chertsey and finishing in Arundel.


Since the committee was formed last year we have lost one member. I hope that we can still elect a new committee so that walks can continue to be led into the future but this depends on new people coming forward to serve.


We have now 54 people who receive their newsletter by email. This greatly reduces the outgoing expenses of the Club and also means that the committee have to spend less valuable time filling envelopes with newsletters.  The committee actively encourages more people to receive their newsletters by email


Maurice Hickman







Typical German refreshments served in the restaurant.  Gluwein,  tea/coffee and delicious German cakes available throughout the afternoon


Christmas cards, handicrafts, candles, German specialities, stolen, lebkuchen, German bread, Christmas books and much more.


Live music.


This event provides an opportunity for us to meet together in a congenial Christmas atmosphere


Address: German Y.M.C.A.  Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL

The nearest underground station is Lancaster Gate on the Central Line.

Directions:  Turn right out of station exit, cross Lancaster Terrace at the traffic lights, walk a short distance along Bayswater Road (Kensington Gardens on on L.), pass the The Swan pub, turn R at Lancaster Gate, keep straight on, cross Brook Mews North and into Craven Terrace. You will see the YMCA  sign ahead of you. It is about 8-10 minutes from the station.


If any further information is required please contact Maureen Furlong  020 8 422 8766




It's that time of year again! Once more  Lowiczanka Restaurant(POSK), 1st Floor of 238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, will be  our venue for the Christmas party when we shall experience a nightclub atmosphere while enjoying a three course meal  with coffee and live cosmopolitan dance music. Nearest  tube station is Ravenscourt Park. Time of arrival in the foyer is  6.45pm for dinner at  7pm. The cost is £26.50,excluding drinks.  Please send your choice of courses together with your cheque, payable to R.G.Slater , to 6 Shelley Close ,Hitchin , Herts SG4 0PW no later than Monday 7th December. As the cost does not include a tip any remuneration, say in the region of 10%,will no doubt be appreciated  by the staff on the night. Let's dance the night away! Well, until midnight.  Robert's e.mail address is


Saturday 23rd January - New Year's Party

The New Year's Party will be held in the hall beneath St Mary Moorfield's Church in Eldon Street which is situated between Moorgate and Liverpool Street Stations. A vigil Mass at 6 pm will take place before the party which will start at 7pm.  Please bring items which you consider would make a worthwhile contribution to the raffle which will take place during the evening; we don't want a lot of very cheap items as we do not want the raffle to be a long drawn out affair-excuse the pun!  Please also bring food to share for the buffet.  Music will be arranged. The entrance fee will be £5.


Future Events


Holiday in Sidmouth -Monday 6th June to Wednesday 15th - 10 nights

Visiting places of interest with some walking.

Staying at Sidholme Hotel, a Christian Guild Hotel. Cost £40 per night for bed,

Breakfast and evening meal, if staying for 10 nights, otherwise £45.  Ensuite rooms are probably on a first come first served basis.

Travel probably train from Wembley to Honiton, takes 3 hours, £46.80 off-peak return, about £14 advance single.  Then bus to Sidmouth - takes 30 minutes.


Details from Dorothy Hickman:  01737 765231


A & B Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage - Winchester to Canterbury

Saturday August 13th to Sunday August 28th

We shall start and finish along the Pilgrim's Way and stop overnight at Alresford, Alton, Hindhead, Cranleigh, Horsham, Worth Abbey, Forest Row, Tunbridge Wells, Goudhurst, Tenterden, and Kennington en route.  There will be a rest day in Horsham and Tunbridge Wells.  Further details will be in the next newsletter.  Maurice will be leading the day from Horsham to Worth Abbey and Francis the following day from Worth Abbey to Forest Row.


Other Matters



This is a reminder that subscriptions are now due for the year 2015-2016.  They can be renewed by sending a cheque for £7 (still only £7! ) to  John Burgage, 126

Gibsons Hill, London SW16 3EY. Tel. No. 020 8676 4074  Cheques should be made out to "St Francis of Assisi Catholic Rambler's Club"  Those who joined the Club for the first time after 31st July do not need to pay again as their initial subscription takes them up to October 2016.


Don't get caught out in the dark!

Please remember to take a torch with you on these dark