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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.
Please submit walks as soon as possible - deadline 15 February - please note new procedure
We are changing the way we submit walks. The overall process is similar to what we have used but a spreadsheet is the preferred way to submit the data for publication. Please read the document on Submitting Walks which can be found under the Getting Involved menu above.
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.
Ickworth Park walk - 23 November
Great to see so many members travel to Ickworth Park for this splendid walk. 25 for the seven mile morning session, several for lunch and 14 for the five mile afternoon circuit. An amazing turnout considering the 60 mile round trip. Well done Jo for coming up with the idea.
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.
Do you struggle to find a starting point when planning a walk?
If so take a look at the web site http://places.walkinginfo.co.uk. This site maps the meeting and starting places that all groups have used in the past for their walks. It may give you some new ideas.
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.
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 in our area are here.
Geoff Knight Footpath Secretary.
The next six or so walks can be accessed from the panel on the right. Click on individual walks for more detail including a map of how to find the start point. The whole programme is available on-line from the Walks menu option above.
Walking and Livestock
Walking through a field of cattle is usually very safe and the number of incidences of an attack is relatively small. The potential danger is exacerbated by the presence of a dog and also when cows have their calves with them. So always be vigilant!
The Ramblers have a page dedicated to Walking near livestock.
If cows get too close the best approach considered by many is to turn qui
etly to face them with arms (and stick) outstretched to create as big a profile as possible – not for the faint-hearted.
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.
The next six or so walks can be accessed from the panel on the right. Click on individual walks for more detail including a map of how to find the start point. The whole programme is available on-line from the Walks menu option above. Find out more about our group and information about joining us for a walk
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