2 Our Groups

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COVID-19 UPDATE: All Group walks can now be seen in the list on the side of this page, or on the Ramblers App. Some walks have restricted places which need to be booked in advance. That will be clear in the listing (if it's not mentioned, you don't need to book). You may need to look at the Group's website to book your place. The notes about group walks below are based on their normal functioning. Some car sharing is not yet back in action.

Our Groups organise programmes of led walks within our Area and neighbouring counties, as well as walking holidays and other social events. Each Group is different – they walk on different days of the week, they get to walks in different ways (some use car sharing or public transport), some call at a pub or cafe during or after the walk. They all run varied programmes, but some specialise in longer walks, faster walks, dog walks, or short social walks. You will find a brief summary of each of the groups and a link to their website in the list of groups below.  Have a look at their individual websites to see which fits best with what you are looking for, then try them out.

New Ramblers members are normally allocated to a Group by postcode but members can ask to be associated with any Group of their choice, in our area or anywhere else in the country. Whatever Group you are a member of, you will be welcome on any Ramblers walk locally and across the country. 

We have seven geographic groups within our Area, listed below.

We also have two groups not defined by postcodes, designed for (but not limited to) those within particular age ranges.

Dogs on walks: Our different groups have different policies about dogs on walks. One or two groups do not allow dogs on any of their walks. Most groups are happy to have well-behaved dogs, but it is at the discretion of the leader. Therefore, if you wish to bring your dog on a walk for the first time, please contact the leader in advance, unless the walk is listed as a special "dog friendly" walk. Dogs should be kept under close control at all times and MUST be on a lead through livestock areas*, on roads and at any time the walk leader requests. You are responsible for any incidents caused by your dog. Registered Assistance dogs are always welcome on any walk.

(*A word of advice: if a cow or horse threatens you when you are with a dog, release the dog from the lead. It is usually the dog that is upsetting the animal - it can run faster than you and will escape, leading the threatening animal away from you.)

Groups primarily aimed at particular age ranges.

Herts Weekend Walkers: is aimed at people of working age in their 40s & 50s who can usually only find time to get out to enjoy a walk at the weekend. Facebook

Walks mostly on Saturday and/or Sunday, between 5 and 12 miles and mostly within Hertfordshire. HWW also enjoys some socialising after walks and occasionally organises trips and holidays to other parts of the country.

Dogs are welcome on walks listed as “Dog Friendly” on the Ramblers walks finder.  If there is any doubt you should check with the leader.

Stag Walkers: a walking and social group aimed primarily at younger people (20s and 30s and beyond!) with led walks nearly every weekend and social events across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Facebook

Walks vary in length from 5 to 15 miles and of varying difficulty from a leisurely walk in parkland to a more strenuous hike at a faster pace. We often start from a pub and will have a drink after the walk.

Dog on walks: Usually welcome  – please contact the leader to check before you come.  

 

Geographic Groups

The map shows the locations of each of our geographically based Groups. The list below roughly describes their area, the walks they do, and gives a link to their websites for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: At the moment, the national website does not accurately show the geographic breakdown of our groups. The list and map below give a better indication of where our members live.

East Herts: Buntingford, Hertford, Ware, Sawbridgeworth, Bishops Stortford, Waltham Cross, Broxbourne & Hoddesden   Facebook  Instagram: East Herts Ramblers

We walk throughout Hertfordshire and into west Essex, south Cambridgeshire, east Buckinghamshire and in and around London, mainly at the weekend, Saturday or Sunday, from half day 4 miles to full day 10 miles or more.

Dogs on walks are usually welcome if kept under control during the walk, but please check with the walk leader.

Finchley & Hornsey: East Finchley, Finchley Central, Finsbury Park, Highgate, Muswell Hill, Tottenham, Hornsey, Wood Green, Cricklewood, Dollis Hill, Hendon, Brent Cross, Mill Hill, Edgware, Golders Green & Temple Fortune

Walks every Sunday; some Wednesdays. We walk anywhere between the Chilterns through to Essex and London.

Dogs on walks are usually fine, but best to check with the leader.

North Herts: Stevenage, Knebworth, Hitchin, Letchworth, Baldock, Welwyn & Welwyn Garden City

Walks every Sunday, many Saturdays. Sunday walks, meeting in Stevenage or Hitchin for car sharing, are mostly all day, with a few of 5 miles. Saturday walks are usually morning walks, and there are some Pub walks - after a short walk you can stop for lunch or dinner

Dogs are welcome on walks specified as “Dog Friendly”  (but, apart from Registered Assistance dogs, not otherwise).

North London & South Herts: Enfield, Barnet, Potters Bar, Lower & Upper Edmonton, Southgate, North Finchley, Whetstone, Palmers Green & Winchmore Hill

Walks offered all Sundays and some mid-week, mostly in Hertfordshire, the Chilterns and West Essex.  Sundays:  we run a long walk of around 11-14 miles and share cars / offer lifts from High Barnet. We also lead a shorter walk each weekend, usually of 5-8 miles, with some easier 2-4 mile walks and some mid-week walks once or twice a month.
Dog on walks: Usually welcome  –  but please check with the leader before you come.
 
Royston: Royston  Facebook

Walks on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and all day Sundays. A pub at the end of a walk and in the middle on Sundays for those interested. Evening walks from May to August. Some shorter walks (3 - 4 miles) may be offered on Tuesdays or Thursdays ending up at the same pub as the main walk.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome on walks (subject to the prior agreement of the walk leader).

Watford & Three Rivers: Kings Langley, Abbotts Langley, Rickmansworth, Watford, Leavesden, Bushey, Borehamwood and Radlett   Facebook

We put on a full day walk (about 10 miles) every weekend usually on Saturdays and a shorter midweek walk (about 5 miles) once every three weeks or so.  We also arrange evening walks in the summer.  Car sharing is encouraged.  Many of our walks include a pub stop at lunch time.

Well behaved dogs are welcome on our walks, but if you are new to the group, please check with the leader first.

West Herts: Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, St Albans, Harpenden and Hatfield Facebook

We have at least one walk every Sunday and one Tuesday a month ranging from 3 to 15 miles with most being between 5 and 10 miles. We walk in the beautiful countryside of Herts, Beds and Bucks with occasional forays further afield including London.

Dogs are usually welcome on walks – please contact the leader to check before you come.