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For some time now I have felt that the Club should make a statement regarding its purpose within the community so after discussions within the committee we have come up with the following. I hope you like it.

“To be the preferred local provider of healthy walking activities available to all members of the public. Providing regular, interesting walks in a friendly atmosphere to suit all ages and abilities at an affordable cost”

Our mission statement now appears on the front page.

St Michael’s Hospice Woodland Walk 2018

The Hospice Woodland Walk will take place on Sunday the 8th April 2018. We would like to extend our grateful thanks to the people who have agreed to steward for us and for those who have volunteered to be back markers. Thanks also to John Evemy for agreeing to provide a rescue car. Without the help of these people we wouldn’t be able to provide the Hospice with the support they need. We will contact all the above with regard to the necessary mobile numbers at the end of March.

Terry and Jeanne

For those wishing to take part in the walk itself, details can be found at this webpage www.stmichaelshospice.org.uk/Farleigh-Wallop-Woodland-Walk-2018.html

Walking Trip to Ireland June/July 2019

I’ve made a provisional booking at The Kenmare Bay Hotel in Kenmare, County Kerry for 7 nights from 30th June 2019. They can accommodate up to about 35 people (HF use this hotel for their holidays so it has everything we need) I am now gauging interest amongst the members to see if it’s feasible to go ahead as a self-planned holiday rather like Arran was two years ago.

The cost per person for half-board is likely to be around £490 if sharing, or £600 for a single room, however if we get over 20 then we will get a free place, the cost of which can be shared among the single people and bring the individual cost down a bit. I don’t mind organising the hotel and walks, but I think on this occasion everyone should make their own travel arrangements. I suggest going by car and taking the ferry so we can get around easily and all get to the walks wherever they may be without relying on coaches or public transport. As an example, the cost for the same week this year is as follows:-

Pembroke to Rosslare with car and 4 passengers - £231 for 0245hrs crossing or £247 for 1445hrs crossing (only 2 crossings per day)

Rosslare to Pembroke - £247 for 0845hrs crossing or £231 for 2045hrs crossing (again, only 2 per day)

Obviously, if there are only 2 of you in the car it will be slightly cheaper, but car-sharing would cut down on travel costs.

The only trouble with this idea is the time it will take to get there! Travelling to Pembroke will take 4hrs, the ferry crossing is 4hrs, and then it’s another 4hrs drive from Rosslare to Kenmare. Given the times of the ferries, you may want to add a night to the beginning and/or end of the trip.

The other alternative is to fly to Cork and hire a car for the week. It’s about a 2hr drive from the airport to Kenmare.

If any member is interested, please let me know as soon as possible  

Thank you.


Website: Where’s the path

This is a fascinating site for members who are interested in maps and how paths and places looked years ago. It allows you to look at an historical map directly alongside a modern OS map, also to view a satellite image alongside the map, as well as study local features and places of interest - hours of fun for "virtual rambling" on winter's nights!

The website is http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm

Instructions on how to use: Top of LH pane enter a place name then, to its right, select the specific location you want from the drop down.Top of RH pane, in the "select the map type" drop down, select "OS+1930s OS". Now you have a modern map left and the corresponding 1930s map right. Your mouse cursor is coordinated in both panes so, if you hover over a bygone line feature in the RH pane, its today location is confirmed in the LH pane. You can drag either map and the other remains coordinated.

Useful links to other sites

Ramblers Association

Hampshire CC

Multi Map

Ordinance Survey

Campaign to Protect Rural England

H F Holidays

Walking Partnership

Walking World

Happy Hiker

Walking England

Plan a Route

Walks accomodation and more

Walk Uk and Europe

Ramblers Word Wide Holidays

Planning routs with maps you can print

Details of Path Closures

Need an idea for a walk try this site

Our Club Mission

Volunteers needed

We are now looking for volunteer(s) to organise next year’s summer break for the club. As usual this should be a week of walks from a hotel/B&B which could accommodate up to approx. 40 people. If you have an idea for a holiday destination for this annual event, please send an email to basramnews@gmail.com or contact/speak to a committee member for consideration by the committee.

Advice to walk leaders

Could we please ask walk leaders, especially those who are thinking of ‘taking up the challenge’ of walk leading to please re-acquaint/acquaint  themselves with the ‘Advice for Walk Leaders’ in the member’s area on the club website - http://www.basingstokeramblers.org.uk/advwalkleaders.pdf. We would also like to draw your attention to the section on our Insurance Cover,  which is 3rd party only. As stated, if you would like a copy of the Schedule then please contact our Treasurer.

Could I also draw your attention to the first paragraph in the section ‘Planning your walk’ which says “You may wish to re-walk the route shortly before the actual day of the walk to refresh your memory and to check for any changes.” There is always the potential for your walk route to be not how you last walked it, e.g. flooding after rain, FP diversion,  summer drop which may block a path. We can always send out an email  if you need to advise potential walkers of any problems/changes/whatever concerning your planned walk – most times, even up to the day before the walk. Likewise, if you are planning to participate in a walk always check your e-mails the days before to see if anything about the walk has been sent. And for those who do not use a computer, it may be an idea to phone someone you know to check for you.

The last sentence of the advice sums up the information for both walk leaders and walkers –

“The reader may well say 'it's all common sense'. And the reader would be right.”

First Aid Courses

The club has found a First Aid course the cost is £30 but the club will half of this. If you are interested in taking this course then please, in the first instance, contact committee member Tony.

Summer Break 2018

We are looking at going to Church Stretton in Shropshire for the Club’s summer break this year.

Provisionally we are looking at 4 nights from Monday 10th Sept at a cost of £425 per person. There is no single supplement for a single room, but, there are only a few singles available so there would be an extra cost of £10 per night for a single person in a twin/double room or £20 extra per night for a Premium room.

The deposit would be £75 pp, and we would get 1 free place for every 15 people booked.

If you are interested then please, in the first instance, contact Richard or Marian

Membership Renewal

Just a reminder that, if you haven’t already paid, the £5 annual membership subscription is now due - payable by cash or cheque.

Please make your cheque payable to “Basingstoke Ramblers’ Club” writing the payee’s name and address on the reverse.

Send your payment to The Membership Secretary, Patricia Nash, - cash is also acceptable.

Alternatively, if you wish to pay by bank transfer, details are available from Andrew (Treasurer).

    Thank you


Saturday 12th May Isle of Wight

A club IOW linear walk (postponed from 2017) is planned for Saturday 12th May (Saturday because trains etc. should be less likely to be cancelled than Sunday). Choose either to take the train or drive to Lymington Pier, then catch the ferry to Yarmouth and then the walk will be led from there to Alum Bay. At Alum Bay you are free to do what you want (Alum attractions, visit the Needles, walk up Tennyson Down etc.) before getting either a bus back to Yarmouth, or a DIY walk back along the old railway track to Yarmouth (where there are tea-rooms etc.), then catch the ferry back to the mainland.

This replaces both the Sat and Sun walks that weekend.

This walk does not require pre-booking, but, it is your responsibility to purchase ferry, train/car-park, bus etc. tickets, using any relevant railcards, bus-passes, group-discounts etc. that you may have, in order to meet at the walk start in Yarmouth.

Saturday Walks Leaders

We are now looking for walk leaders to lead a Saturday walk during

April & May.

If you would like to try your hand at leading a walk, then please contact us with your idea and for any advice you need.


John & Jenny