Group name: Hampstead
This group is a part of Inner London Area.
Welcome to the Hampstead and District Ramblers. Our walks range from less than 4 to more than 16 miles and take place throughout London and the South East. We aim to have at least one walk each weekend and also organise a few mid-week day and evening walks and the occasional weekend break or longer holiday, details of which can be found in our programme, which is sent out to full and associate members every four months. Details of the majority of our walks can be found on the Group walks and events manager.
Forthcoming Group holidays are seven nights based in Santa Cruz de la Palma de Gran Canarias, Spain from Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th March 2018, a four night pre-Easter holiday at the HF Holidays centre at St Ives, Cornwall from Monday 26th to Friday 30th March 2018, a five night holiday based at the University of Cumbria's Ambleside Campus from Thursday 26th to Tuesday 31st July 2018 and a four night New Year break in Bristol from Saturday 29th December 2018 to Wednesday 2nd January 2019.
We walk in all kinds of weather and conditions and only in very exceptional circumstances will a walk be called off, although the route details might be changed.
Twitter account: @hampsteadramble
Facebook group: Hampstead Ramblers
You can get an idea of what to expect on our walks from the photographs on the
DOGS: are normally allowed but must be kept under close control, especially where farm animals are around.
STARTING TIME: The walk will start as soon as the specified train has arrived at the Meeting point. Use the toilet on the train as there may be no facilities at the station.
PACE OF WALKS: The majority of the Group’s walks are graded as ‘Moderate’ pace to indicate that around 2.5 miles are expected to be covered in an hour, taking into account brief water and ‘catch up’ stops but excluding lunch and other planned stops. A grade of ‘Easy’ indicates that only around 2 miles is likely be walked in an hour, whilst a grade of ‘Brisk’ indicates that the pace should average 2.75mph or more. Practically all of the longer walks are graded ‘brisk’, to suit the preferences of the leaders and participants and also to ensure that the walks finish before dark during the shorter days of autumn and winter.
Please note that these 'Pace of walks' grades are different from the Group walks and events manager
classifications, under which the majority of the Group's walks are classified 'Moderate' with a few of the shorter, easier ones 'Leisurely' and those which require a higher level if fitness 'Strenuous'.
LUNCH STOPS: are usually at a pub or café but there may not be time to order and eat a pub meal, especially if the pub is busy, so please bring food with you – drink as well if ‘picnic’ is specified. Please be considerate about muddy boots in pubs: either take them off, or cover them with plastic bags; and please don’t consume your own provisions on pub/café premises, including their gardens.
YOUR WALK LEADER: is a volunteer so help him/her have a trouble-free day by keeping the party in sight and letting him/her know if a problem arises, or you wish to leave before the end of the walk. And please make sure that you are fit enough to undertake the walk you intend to join. The leader may refuse to accept participants who in his/her opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit. If in doubt, contact him/her in advance.
MAP NUMBERS: are given for each walk. Explorer maps are prefixed 'E' and Landranger maps 'L'
HAMPSTEAD AND DISTRICT GROUP COMMITTEE
Chairman: (and RA Rep. on the Hampstead Heath Consultative Committee): Steve Ripley
Secretary: Raquel Portillo
Treasurer (and RA Rep. on the Hampstead Heath Management Committee): Maija Roberts Membership Secretary: Henriette Van Zaelen
Walks Organiser: Jane Rosoux
Delegate to the Inner London Area Council: Hadi Samsami