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 walks and the occasional holiday.
The next Group holiday will be a stay of up to seven nights from Thursday 23rd to Thursday 30th July 2020 in a hall of residence at Exeter University, with three of the six planned walks taking in different parts of Dartmoor National Park and the other three including a stretch of SW Coast Path south of Teignmouth, the Exe Estuary and the National Trust's Killerton Estate.
The Group will also be having a five night New Year break from Tuesday 29th December to Sunday 3rd January 2021 based in Canterbury, with four planned walks.
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.
Facebook group: Hampstead Ramblers
DOGS: are normally allowed but must be kept under close control, especially where farm animals are around.
STARTING TIME: The walk will normally 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 (also Ramblers Representative on the Hampstead Heath Consultative Committee): Steve Ripley
Secretary: Raquel Portillo
Treasurer: Gary Cleary
Membership Secretary: Pam Hampshire
Walks Organiser: Jane Rosoux
Angela Reilly-Ripley (also Delegate to the Inner London Area Council)
Adeline Au (also Ramblers and Open Spaces Society Representative on the Hampstead Heath Management Committee)