Our Area covers Hertfordshire and the London boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey, acting as a link between the national organisation and our Groups. This map shows our geographical area and the boundaries of the local authorities within it.
Our Area Council consists of Area officers (see Contacts page) and representatives of each local Group, some affiliate organisations and individual members elected at the AGM. Its four meetings a year provide a forum for discussion of both local matters and national initiatives. We send representatives to the Ramblers General Council every Spring.
In this Area, our Footpath Secretaries are Area based rather than Group based. You can read more about our essential footpath work in the Rights of Way section.
We publish a journal called STILE twice a year, which is sent to all the members in our Area.
Calendar for 2018:
Area Council Meetings: Mondays at 7.30pm at the Village Hall Woolmer Green SG3 6AX.
Area Footpaths Committee: Tuesdays at 7.30 at the Free Church Hall, Welwyn GC AL8 6PS
A bench has been installed in memory of Norman Jones, at the high spot of the walk that he contributed for the Stile magazine shortly before he died (see Walk Routes page). You are welcome to join an evening walk that has been planned to visit the new bench: Tuesday 24 July at 7:30pm - 4 miles, canal & hill, to Boxmoor Trust. Meet at Three Horseshoes Car Park, Winkwell, Pouchen End Lane, HP1 2RZ; TL027064
Our AGM is held each January and is open to all members. It mixes business and pleasure, with a morning walk and shared picnic before the AGM, and a talk and refreshments afterwards.
Our recent AGM was held on 20th January 2018 at Woolmer Green Village Hall. There are links below to the Agenda and officers' reports for the 2018 AGM including minutes of the meeting.
After the official business, Phil Escritt gave a presentation on "The Shared Routes Controversy" - to what extent should cyclists have the right to use Footpaths?
See Overview and Full Presentation (2.2MB)
We hold training days for walk leaders when there is sufficient demand. If you would like training yourself, or want to put on a training session for your group, do get in touch with the Webmaster or the Chair (see Contacts page).
Our next Area Walk Day is on 22 September 2018 at the Sports & Social Club in Ottway Walk, Welwyn AL6 9AT (Sat Nav AL6 9AS), Grid Ref TL 230 158. There is a range of walks on offer, starting at different times:
09.30 - 15 miles
10.00 - 12½ miles
11.00 - 10 miles (Dogs welcome)
12.00 - 8 miles (Dogs welcome)
12.45 - 6 miles
13.15 - 4½ miles (Dogs welcome)
14.00 - 3 miles (A suitable taster for newcomers)
All the walks start from and return to the Sports & Social Club. They finish by 4 pm ready for an optional bring-and-share tea in the Club, which has a bar. The event ends at 6 pm. No charge or pre-booking to take part. If you are coming to the tea please bring a dish of food to share. You can leave food at the Club to save carrying it with you.
Photos of last year's Walk Day:
Thursday 21 June 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 6.5 mile / 10.5 km walk
Thursday 21 June 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 6 mile / 9.7 km walk
Friday 22 June 2018Starting at 18:45A leisurely 5 mile / 8.1 km walk
Saturday 23 June 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 5 mile / 8 km walk
Saturday 23 June 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 12 mile / 19.3 km walk
Saturday 23 June 2018Starting at 13:30A leisurely 7 mile / 11.3 km walk
Saturday 23 June 2018Meeting at 09:00, Starting at 09:30A strenuous 22 mile / 35.4 km walk
Sunday 24 June 2018Starting at 10:00A leisurely 9 mile / 14.5 km walk
Sunday 24 June 2018Starting at 09:30A moderate 9 mile / 14.5 km walk
Sunday 24 June 2018Meeting at 09:30, Starting at 10:00A moderate 9 mile / 14.5 km walk
Sunday 24 June 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 6 mile / 9.7 km walk
Sunday 24 June 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 14 mile / 22.5 km walk
Saturday 22 September 2018Festival