Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers

What

We are a local group of the Ramblers. The group was formed in 1974 and merged with the Haslemere group in 1976. We now have just over 400 members.

The group has a committee and runs itself referring to Central Office for guidance when necessary. Our AGM is in November. We produce a programme of walks every four months. The leaders of the walks are members of the group.

One day a month, with support from Surrey County Council Rights of Way officers, volunteers from the group (the Footpath Working Party) meet to improve sections of paths. They, for example, repair steps, replace broken stiles, erect kissing gates and install boardwalks. The leader of the FWP says that no special skills are necessary, just enthusiasm.

There is a brief history of the group on the News page.

Why

Join us to walk with others who enjoy walking. Discover new footpaths; find those with good views. Gather ideas for your own walks; give us ideas for our walks. Learn how to read a map or teach others how to do so. Help maintain footpaths. Improve and maintain your health.

When

Wednesdays and Sundays are our main days for walking. Walks on Thursday mornings, introduced two years ago, have become popular as have Friday evening walks in the summer.

Most walks start at 10 am. Morning walks, usually five miles, finish by 1 pm. Longer ones, eight to ten miles, include up to an hour’s break for lunch (pub or picnic) and end by 4 pm.

Details of our walks are on the programme.

Short accounts of our walks are on our blog.

How

Members join the Ramblers and pay an annual subscription. They are allocated a local group which could be one of their choice or the one nearest to them. They may, however, walk with any group of the Ramblers.

Non members may walk up to three times with a group before deciding to join the group.

Where

Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire are our main areas. Most walks are circular and start at a public car park.

Occasionally we walk in London and once a year we spend a day on the Isle of Wight.

In August we organise three day-trips by coach to walk in places further away. On these trips there is a programme for non walkers.

Who

The Ramblers is a national charitable organisation founded in 1935 and based in London. Members receive benefits such as discounts at some stores and civil liability insurance on Ramblers’ walks. More information about the role of the Ramblers is on their website.

Why walk?

Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise. Carrie Latet

Walking is also an ambulation of mind. Gretel Ehrlich

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. Friedrich Nietzsche

Walking is man’s best medicine. Hippocrates

Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow. Henry David Thoreau

Thoughts come clearly while one walks. Thomas Mann

Walking is good for solving problems—it’s like the feet are little psychiatrists. Terri Guillemets

The true charm of pedestrianism does not lie in the walking, or in the scenery, but in the talking. The walking is good to time the movement of the tongue by, and to keep the blood and brain stirred up and active; the scenery and the woodsy smells are good to bear in upon a man an unconscious and unobtrusive charm and solace to eye and soul and sense; but the supreme pleasure comes from the talk. Mark Twain

Wednesday, December 13, 2017