What we do
Royston Ramblers are continuing with our rolling programme of walks for the time being. We are offering walks of around 6 miles on most Tuesdays and Thursdays, and longer walks on Sundays.
We normally have a coffee stop at 11am and go for a drink in a pub at lunch time or after an evening walk. To share transport on Sunday the Royston group sometimes meets at the Town Hall car park (THCP) in Royston. We also organise coach outings.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome on our walks subject to the leader's discretion. Please contact the leader in advance to confirm. We ask that you keep your dog on a short lead throughout the walk.
Please do not go into a pub in muddy boots. Houghwood Manufacturing Co., Red Barn Road, Billinge, Wigan WN5 7UA (01744 894435) sell overboots @ £9 per pair + £1.32p postage.
Whilst every care is taken in planning rambles, participation is at your own risk.
You can use the county council maps to get the most up to date footpath information. Their higher definition allow you to see which side of the hedge to walk.
Cambridgeshire (select 'My Maps' tab and 'Public Rights of Way and Access' in Map Categories) (also shows some permissive paths)
Suffolk (zoom in to see the footpaths)
Bedfordshire (select 'Rights of Way' from list on left)
Although members joining the Ramblers' Association are only automatically allocated to this Group if they live in Royston or villages in Hertfordshire with an SG8 postcode, many members are from Buntingford or South Cambridgeshire. New walkers are welcome. If you need advice on what to wear or what to bring, please call the walk leader or any committee member.
Ian Thomas – Chair
Lesley Abbiss – Secretary
Steven Thain – Treasurer
Vacant – Footpath Secretary
Vacant – Area Representative
Ruth Katz – Programme Coordinator
Alan Ellis – Ordinary Member
Nick Everington – Ordinary Member
Peter Grice – Independent Examiner
How to be a leader:
to become a walk leader in the Ramblers you have to be registered as a volunteer. This involves the group secretary informing head office so that you will be covered by the Ramblers' insurance policy. When this has been completed you will be able to 'Sign in' (top right on Ramblers home page) to your 'Account' and see the 'Walks Manager' under the 'Your volunteering' header.
Please update your 'Contact preferences' (drop down menu item under the icon) and give permission to use them.
When in Walks Manager there are three options on the menu bar. 'List view', 'Calender view' and 'Table view'. Selecting one of these will display the walks of our group.
Walk out your walk, take photos and measure the distance.
Look at the calendar (which contains both published and draft walks) and find a gap. You can either email royston.ramblers with your walk details or you can create a draft entry yourself.
Publishing your walk on the web site
Use the 'Create' button to 'Add a walk' and enter the details of your walk starting with the chosen date. Remember to select the 'Walking group' button. This will display a list of our walk leaders so you can choose your own name. 'Save and continue' to enter descriptions, photos, start location, distance, etc..
You can display a 'Preview' of your walk and continue to edit it. It will appear in the Calender view as a draft. This reserves the date for you. When you are happy with the details you can select 'Submit for checking' and you should then email email@example.com but please no later than two weeks before the walk. Note: we can make changes to your walk after it is published.
We currently do morning walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Sundays we do longer walks with a stop for lunch. Walks start at 10am.
When specifying the start location, in the first text box enter a village name or post code. This will provoke a drop down list for you to select an item. The map will then display a 'pin' at that location for you to move to your intended start. The software will provide a grid reference and a post code in the next text box, which you can edit. Finally, a brief description is enough.
The walk difficulty is normally 'Moderate', but if you want something else then check the web site for the definition of “Leisurely” and “Strenuous”.