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Barry's walk, Wednesday 29 November
Please note that Barry's walk will now be a circular walk with no buses to catch and not as in the printed programme. For full details see here or click the link in 'Next walks for Ipswich Ramblers' panel.
Information on the Holiday for 2018 and the Christmas lunch and any other events will appear under the new option 'Holiday, Lunches, etc.' on the main menu above. Please note that we are up to our limit for the holiday but if you are interested, contact Jo who will put you on the reserve list.
AGM 8th November at Belstead Village Hall
A good number of members braved the elements for a pre-meeting walk led by Geoff Knights before returning to Belstead for the AGM. Mercifully, this was very short and will be reported in the minutes later. We all then tucked into a lunch of three soups and numerous puds. Thanks to all members who provided the food which made this such a good occasion. Good to see so many attend, both walkers and non walkers.
Network Rail wants to close many rail crossings
As you may know, Network Rail wishes to close about 115 rail crossings in Suffolk and adjoining counties to pedestrians and non-vehicular users.
Many Groups have objected to this including the Ramblers.
See the message from Geoff Knight, the Local Footpath Secretary for Ipswich Ramblers and see how you can help prevent this happening.
Map and Compass day 18 October
Fouteen people attended the recent map training day for new and potentially new leaders. Geoff gave a session on reading and understanding maps which was followed by the attendees leading a walk. The group split into two groups and each person took a turn to lead on a 4 mile walk of well disguised footpaths around Bucklesham.
The event was enjoyed by all and this was followed by lunch at the Shannon.
The group relies upon new leaders coming through. We offer over 100 walks each year and new leaders are always welcome. Committee members are very willing to assist new leaders by walking out with them on potential walks. So please feel free to contact them if you need their assistance.
Notice to all walk leaders
Please note that the Walk Leader checklists and In Case of Emergency (ICE) cards have been updated. These make essential reading for all Ramblers Walk Leaders. They can be downloaded here. The communication from Ramblers may be found here. Please note links will not work from this message.
Two possible options are as follows.
- If the published walk is too long, why not submit a shorter one? This can be on the same day or a day of your choice. If using the same time and starting point be aware of the possible increased parking requirements. Details of how to submit walks are accessible from the 'Submitting walks' option above. We will nearly always be able to publish within an hour or so of submission. As well as appearing in the 'Next walks for Ipswich Ramblers' panel and the listings under the Walks option above, we will also mention your new walk on this page. So watch this space!
- Why not try a walk with one of the many other groups around us. We are often joined by members from other groups and I am sure they will be delighted to welcome you. These walks are all listed on the Ramblers main website. The following link will give a map or list of all Ramblers walks within 25 miles of Ipswich. If a map is displayed and you prefer a list, select 'List views: Group Walks'. If a list is displayed and you prefer a graphical display, select 'Map'. To see the walks, click here.
New Programme - Important information: The printed programmes have now been distributed. Now that most people have access to the internet we are proposing to limit circulation of the printed programme to those who request it. All the information in the programme is on this website including Chairperson's Chatter and a printable version of the walks programme.
We appreciate that members may still like to have a paper copy of our activities so if you would like to continue receiving the printed copy after this current Autumn/Winter programme, please contact Isla by phone or email by 31 December 2017 to register. Isla's contact details are under Contacts above.
Please note that new walks may be added at any time and details of any cancellations or amendments which occur during the season will be published on this website. It's not too late to submit walks for the winter programme. However, any walks submitted will only appear on-line on the this website and on the main Ramblers walk finder. Details of how to submit walks are under the option Submitting walks above. If you have any doubts or questions about leading walks, contact any Committee Member.
Walk, picnic and baking competition: A good number of regular walkers turned up at Martlesham Heath pavilion on 7 July and welcomed members who have not been able to join us on our regular walks and also people new to our group. Geoff took us on an interesting walk around the area and pointed out some of the lesser known points of interest.
Congratulations to Sandra who baked the best olive bread.
Thanks to everyone who came, brought delicious food and made the occasion a great success.
A Tremendous Trip to Tropical Tunbridge! On 19 June 22 members of the Ipswich Ramblers arrived in Royal Tunbridge Wells for the annual holiday. By some miracle of logistical engineering, everyone made their way to the correct starting points for the four wonderful walks, the station for a ride along the Spa Valley and to a number of eateries where we actually received what we had ordered but forgotten about! We are all indebted to Jo for making this all possible and so enjoyable.
Please help to preserve footpaths between Henley and Westerfield Roads North Ipswich: There is a group of well walked field edge paths between Henley Road and Westerfield Road to the North of the railway line within the Borough boundary. They are currently not on the Ordnance Survey map and their use predates the Ipswich Definitive Map.
There are at least three paths leading from the Eastern side of Henley Road between the railway bridge and Defoe Road. These are all connected to further paths going towards Westerfield Road.
To preserve these paths for future use we should be able to add this group of paths to the Ipswich Definitive Map. Can you help claim any by giving evidence of use, or do you know someone who could?
Click for further information and a map of the area.
Please contact me, Geoff Knight to help save these paths - Contact details above.
If we lose these paths to housing development, they are lost forever.
Cake Walk - Wednesday 19 April: Several members enjoyed a brisk walk from the pavilion at Grundisburgh and returned to join a few more for some delicious cakes and several cups of tea. About 40 members enjoyed the refreshments. Thanks to Jo who suggested the idea; Gareth who led the walk; Sandra, Pauline and Angela who prepared the food while most of us were out walking. Thanks to everyone else who provided the wonderful array of cakes and helped with the preparation and clearing up. See the cakes (and members) in the picture gallery.
Ramblers General Council 2017: Isla Clough was a delegate representing Ipswich Ramblers at the General Council at University of Southampton 1-2 April. Isla's comments on the meeting can be found here. More information about the General Council and their reports can be found here.
Ramblers Suffolk Area: The minutes of the AGM held on Saturday 4th February may be found here.
Workshop for walk leaders - 14 January 2017: Over twenty members participated in this very successful session which covered all aspects of leading walks and we all learnt a great deal. It was good to welcome members from other groups as well. The session was finished off with a bracing walk around Martlesham Heath. Well done everybody who contributed. The presentation is available for viewing from the Minutes, etc page accessible from the menu above.
Rail crossings - help keep them open - please sign our petition: Network Rail wants to close more than 100 level crossings in East Anglia, severely disrupting our rights of way network and making it more difficult for local people to walk in their communities. This petition has been organised by Ramblers head office in an effort to stop the closures of rail crossings.
Please take the time to add your name to this petition by clicking on this link. You will be asked to give your reasons for signing it.
For more information on the background, see entry below and also entry on the main Ramblers website.
Ipswich Ramblers New Year's Lunch: Around 40 members enjoyed lunch at the Fynn Valley Golf club on 5 January. Thanks to Jo for organising it.
Deben Estuary Partnership: Norman Hammond has been representing Ipswich Ramblers on the above for the last eighteen months but has now decided to stand down. Are there any members who would be willing to take Norman's place? If so, please contact Norman on 01394 380568 for more information.
Closure of rail crossings in Suffolk - update 11 October 2016: NetWork Rail are engaged on trying to close most foot-crossings of the railway that are on the main line. Eight of these are near Ipswich. In June they made some proposals to offer alternative routes and invited comments. Responses were submitted by walkers and locals.
In September an amended set of proposals were made – these took into account some objections but also removed some options that were favoured by walkers. Again responses were made. It is NetWork Rail that seeks to close the crossings and change the routes under the Transport and Works Act. It is their associates who are posing the questions and evaluating the responses.
This does not seem a balanced process. Ultimately the Minister of Transport will decide whether to hold Public Inquiries, though the County Councils are also able to instigate this. A Public Inquiry would be a judicial process – footpaths are the result of Law. Arguments could be made before an Inspector, though the T & W Act may not allow for familiar arguments to succeed.
Essex, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk are the counties currently affected. There could be the loss of many routes which would significantly affect the paths network.
The crossings under consideration may be found on the Network Rail website here.
Geoff Knight Footpath Secretary.
Ipswich Ramblers two seconds of fame! Those of you who went on the Souper walk on 20th April may have wondered what happened to the shots which were taken by the cameraman from SCC. Well it is on YouTube but we did not get much coverage I'm afraid.
Download our walks into your calendar: You may have noticed a little widget to the right and on one or two other pages which says "Download walks to your calendar". If you use a calendar on your PC, MAC, etc this is a useful way of getting all the walks into it without retyping. Use the "More Options" to restrict the number of walks downloaded. The downloaded file is in ICS format which is widely used by various calendar and email programs including Google Calendar, Apple iCal, and Microsoft Outlook.