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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?
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.
The next six or so walks can be accessed from the panel on the right (or down below for some phones and tablets). Click on individual walks for more detail including a map of how to find the start point. The whole programme is available in a variety of formats from the Walks menu option above. If you want an extra print of the walks programme see here for information on how to do it.
A Ramble into History
Read Gareth's interesting account of the group's walk round Orford Ness last October.
Events for non-walking members
To give members who are unable to walk with the group a chance to meet other members we are hosting a couple of social events.
Friday 7th July 2017 at 1:00pm - join us for a picnic lunch at the Pavilion, Martlesham Heath.
For more details see the walks programme.
Ramblers Suffolk Area
The minutes of the AGM held on Saturday 4th February may be found here.
Winter programme of walks.
Missed the deadline for the April - September programme? Why not put a walk or two in the winter programme. For information on how to submit walks, click here. Also see options under "Getting Involved" on the main menu above for further information. The deadline is 7 August.
Interested in joining the national Walking Festivals Advisory Group?
Ramblers are looking for positive and enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in contributing to the development of their plans for Ramblers national walking festivals. If you are interested see here for details.
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.
Ipswich Ramblers Holiday 2017
Following the success of the Ipswich and District group holiday last year we have been asked to organise another one for 2017. We had 26 people last year which was just about the right number, therefore we would like to know interest in the 2017 holiday by Monday 16th January in order to make final arrangements. We feel that a maximum of 30 is manageable for walks, meals etc. and will initially be on a first come first served basis. To reserve a place please contact Jo by 16 January 2017. As of 01/01/17 we have 20 takers. For more information see the Holiday 2017 page accessible from the menu above.
Ipswich Ramblers AGM - 2 November at Grundisburgh Village Hall
The AGM passed off peacefully after a walk lead by Gareth. A record attendance of around 45 enjoyed the delicious food provided by Jo, her loyal band of helpers and many contributors.
The minutes, Chairman's Annual Report and Accounts may be found here.
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
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.
Not led a walk yet?
We are always looking for new walk leaders for both long and half day walks during the week and at weekends. New Leaders not only provide variety but ease the burden on established leaders. Help can always be given to those new to leadership.
If willing to lead please contact Gareth Evans the Programme Secretary. See Contacts option in menu above or speak with him on a walk. See Getting involved for more details on leading walks.
Amendments to walks