Past Events

October Weekend, Saturday 12 – Monday 14 October 2019,   Ramsgate, Kent

Forty-three ramblers enjoyed a long weekend walking along the coast path in Kent.  Our base was the Comfort Inn hotel which lived up to its name and also provided us with some very good meals.  Fortunately, the weather was kind to us despite the forecast of rain.

Thanks go to Geoff Sharman for organising the weekend, the walk leaders Chris Green, Colin Raven and Les Cox, and back markers Anne Sharman, Sue SintonSmith and Roy Quince.

Jane Green

 

April/May 2019 5-night break in Cromford Derbyshire

We stayed at Willersley Castle which was commissioned by the great industrialist Sir Richard Arkwright, who devised the modern factory system by automating cotton spinning.IMG 6175

Day 1 A walk in the gorge between Matlock and Cromford.

The walk took us to the summit of High Tor with sheer drops but great views over Matlock P1110477and continued along the edge of the gorge to Old Matlock. Then along the Lumsdale Valley where the ruined water mills and mill ponds are now in the care of the Arkwright Society. Lunch was at the village of Tansley. In the Afternoon we walked to village of Riber and its ruined castle. There were then a couple of alternatives to walk back to the Hotel.

 

 

Day 2 A Circular Walk via Crich, the Tram Museum

Leaving the Hotel, we climbed past old lead workings before crossing a brook on stepping stones (much to the amusement of some). P1110518The walk then took us to the village of Lea, and then on to Wakebridge. Our route followed the edge of the quarry (allowing a chance sighting of one of the old Trams at the Museum) to Crich Stand, the highest point in the area and the war memorial tower of the Sherwood Foresters.  Lunch was at Crich.  After lunch it was down the valley to Whatstandwell and then followed the canal towpath back to the Hotel.

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Day 3 A Linear Walk from Matlock Station

After a short walk to Cromford station we boarded the train to Matlock. From the station we walked alongside the river and the former Midland main line railway. Leaving the river, we headed west to Snitterton and on to Wensley Dale. We soon reach the highest point of the walk with views over the Chatsworth Estate, then on to the village of Bonsall, a former mining village for lunch. After lunch, the longer walk passed the Victoria Prospect Tower and an entrance to the Heights of Abraham, enjoying fine views across the gorge to Riber Castle and the cliff of High Tor. On reaching Cliffe House we dropped down into Matlock Bath, and back to Hotel.

Day 4 The Black Rocks

From our hotel we followed a path through woods and across fields to Lea Bridge. We then climbed towards Bolehill and stopped at the National Stone Centre for lunch.P1110596 Here we were accommodated by the Café who set-aside a room just for our group. After lunch we descended via the High Peak Trail, passed the Black Rocks and returned to Cromford.

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Thursday Evening there was the usual Fancy Dress, the theme this year being “Castles”.  There were some amazing costumes with a definite surplus of Saint George Lookalikes.

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All in all, a very enjoyable week with mostly good weather and lots of laughter and friendly chats

Many thanks to Chris, for organising the Holiday, the Walk Leaders and our Back Markers.

Steve Johnson

October Weekend 2018 - Bournemouth - Saturday 20 October to Monday 22 October

Les Cox and Lorraine Hayward were in charge as we set off bright and early so that we would have time to walk from Lymington after lunch.  We walked along the Solent Way, with great views over the marshes towards the Isle of Wight, with a choice of longer and shorter walks.

In the evening, some of us decided we hadn’t had enough exercise and tripped the light fantastic on the dance floor in the hotel, whilst others repaired to the Goat and Tricycle for a little liquid refreshment.

AnnesOn the Sunday, we started from Sandbanks.  After a short walk we took the ferry across the mouth of Poole Harbour to pick up the South West Coast Path and from there to Studland, a well-known naturists’ beach.  Those doing the shorter walk then took the local bus to Swanage, followed by the steam train to Corfe, whilst those on the longer walk continued to Corfe on foot

Monday’s walk was along the seafront to Hengistbury Head, with lovely views over Christchurch Harbour and towards the Isle of Wight.  From there we took the ferry to Mudeford for lunch before the journey home.

IMG 5532It was a really lovely weekend: as Val Hoffmann put it, “pure unadulterated sun as we strolled over beaches, along estuaries and upon hill tops with 360˚ views across over to the Isle of White and Dorset”.  Thank you, also, to Val for leading the short walks over the weekend.

And the final word goes to Kathy Carpenter: “I have always appreciated how lucky I am being a member of Brentwood Ramblers as we have some great organisers who arrange these great weekends.  I also want to say that the walk on Sunday is one of the nicest walks I have ever done!  Thank you both for all the effort you put into what was a fantastic weekend”.

Ruth Hannon

 

Coach Rambles

Stage 5  Suffolk Coast and Heaths Path - Sunday 15 July 2018

Aldeburgh to Dunwich: 38 ramblers boarded the coach at Galleywood Common (an unavoidable late change of pickup venue).  After a week of hot and sunny weather we were prepared for 30˚C and cloudless skies.  We emerged from the coach coated in suntan lotion, with sunglasses, sunhats, and plenty of water.

A very pleasant coastal path of sand, shingle and grass took us past Haven Nature Reserve.  At Thorpeness we spotted the architectural folly “The House in the Clouds”.

We stopped to look at the stark concrete Sizewell A nuclear power station (shut down in 2006), and Sizewell B with its futuristic building and white dome.  Further on we ascended low cliffs through gorse and woodland spotting Gatekeeper, Meadow brown, Speckled Wood, and Large White butterflies along the way.  An open area of gorse and sand dunes followed before we headed inland through fields to arrive at the village of Eastbridge and the Eelsfoot pub for our lunch stop.

Refreshed, we walked through woodland providing welcome shade, and on to RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve.  Dunwich Heath followed, a rare area of coastal lowland heath owned and protected by the National Trust.  This is one of the best places to see the rare Dartford Warbler

We continued along the heathland, enjoying the wide open skies and sea views.  Low cliffs and woodland followed where we passed by some interesting ruins of Greyfriars Friary.

We arrived at Dunwich village with time for a paddle, a swim in the sea, tea and cake, fish and chips, or a well-earned pint in the Ship Inn.  What a perfect day’s ramble.

Thanks go to our leader Dianne and to Miles for backmarking.

Jane Green

 

Stage 6  Suffolk Coast and Heaths Path - Sunday 16 September 2018

Dunwich to Southwold: this was our last coach ramble of the year and we emerged from the coach at Dunwich on a lovely sunny day with a strong breeze blowing.

We headed inland past Dunwich Forest, along a boardwalk and a pleasant grassy path between the reed beds and marshland.  In the distance we could see Dingle Hill (only 12 metres above sea level) surrounded by marshland.  We walked on towards Walberswick National Nature Reserve with its derelict Tower Windmill visible on the horizon. 

Walking along by the sea we reached the mouth of the River Blyth where we headed inland beside the river.  Black boarded fishing huts and numerous yachts and small craft anchored along the banks provided interest as we walked towards Walberswick.  We crossed a small wooden bridge, carefully picking our way along to avoid families crabbing.  Judging by the number of crabs in their buckets it was the catch of the day!  Apparently, The British Open Crabbing Championships are held here every August.  We then crossed the main river bridge and headed across fields to Southwold, our lunch stop.  The half-day ramblers had the afternoon to explore Southwold and its pier.

The remaining ramblers, suitably refreshed, set off inland towards the river and the pretty village of Walberswick.  Our afternoon break was at St Andrew’s Church which is within the ruins of an earlier church.  There has been a church on this site since 1086, as mentioned in the Doomsday Survey. We then headed back towards Southwold by a different route and arrived with enough time for tea and cake or an ice-cream.  What a lovely day’s walk.

Our thanks go to the leader Les Cox and to Alan Waddoups and Miles Cooper for back marking.  

Stage 7, the final section, will be our first coach ramble in 2019.

Jane Green

 

Hanningfield  Tuesday 11 December

In what has become a very welcome tradition, Alan Waddoups once again organised excellent pre-Christmas festivities at Essex Wildlife Trust’s Hanningfield Centre.  He led a figure of 8 walk from Hanningfield Reservoir and Christmas fayre was supplied by the walkers.  Special thanks go to Heidi for having a lovely Christmas setting ready for us at lunchtime, not to mention plenty of gluhwein!

Ruth Hannon

 

Christmas Lunch at Bentley Golf Club  Tuesday 18 December

This is the day that so many members appear at the lunch table in their best clothes instead of various rambling gear, a sight not often seen by fellow members. 

The day was dry, although overcast and knowing that nobody, including me, wanted to get wet or muddy that day the pre-lunch morning walk I led had to be on a suitable non-messy route.  And that’s how it turned out, dry clothes and relatively clean boots.   We even went over a two-tiered stile the group had built for a farmer earlier in the year. 

The 64 members were then treated to an excellent 3-course meal and coffee, plus mince pies.  Very tasty. 

Thanks went to Les for organising the lunch, with members queuing up to book for 2019. 

Brian Scroggs