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-
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-
The cost per person for half-
Pembroke to Rosslare with car and 4 passengers -
Rosslare to Pembroke -
Obviously, if there are only 2 of you in the car it will be slightly cheaper, but car-
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
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 -
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
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
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 email@example.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-
Could I also draw your attention to the first paragraph in the section ‘Planning your walk’ which says “You may wish to re-
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
Just a reminder that, if you haven’t already paid, the £5 annual membership subscription is now due -
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, -
Alternatively, if you wish to pay by bank transfer, details are available from Andrew (Treasurer).
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-
This replaces both the Sat and Sun walks that weekend.
This walk does not require pre-
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