1 Our Area

 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. 


Area Council

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.

Area Footpaths

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.

Area Journal

We publish a journal called STILE twice a year, which is sent to all the members in our Area. 

Calendar for 2018:          

  • Monday 10 Sep: Area Council Meeting 
  • Saturday 22 Sep: Area Walk Day   
  • Tuesday 25 Sep: Area Footpaths Committee 
  • Monday 19 Nov: Area Council Meeting 
  • Tuesday 4 Dec: Area Footpaths Committee 

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

Calendar for 2019:          

  • Saturday 19 Jan: Area AGM
  • Tuesday 19 Feb: Area Council Meeting 
  • Tuesday 5 March: Area Footpaths Committee 
  • Saturday 13 - Sunday 14 April: General Council, Manchester
  • Tuesday 4 June: Area Council Meeting 
  • Tuesday 18 June: Area Footpaths Committee 
  • Tuesday 10 Sep: Area Council Meeting  
  • Tuesday 24 Sep: Area Footpaths Committee 
  • Tuesday 19 Nov: Area Council Meeting 
  • Tuesday 3 Dec: Area Footpaths Committee 

All Tuesday Meetings start at 7.30 at the Free Church Hall, Welwyn GC AL8 6PS

Norman Jones Memorial Bench

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). Why not take a walk and have a rest there?


Area AGM

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 last 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)

The next AGM will be on Saturday 19 January 2019.

Area Training

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).


Area Walk Day

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. Leaflet with full details

Photos of last year's Walk Day: