Welcome to the Ipswich Ramblers Website
The programme of walks is now available - see listings under Walks in menu above. See message from the Programme Secretary.
Workshop for leaders, potential leaders and walkers - 14 January 2017
A workshop for existing and prospective leaders and anyone interested in learning new skills related to walking will be held on Saturday 14 January 2017. Map reading, GPS, safety & planning a walk will be covered. Check our website for details nearer the date.
Closure of rail crossings in Suffolk – the next step - updated 25 August
Network Rail is proposing a second round of consultaions in this process. The one for our area will be in Ipswich Town Hall on 13 September from 14:00 – 19:00. Please try to go along to this session and make them aware of the serious consequences for walker’s routes if satisfactory alternatives are not found. We ask all Ramblers to help inform all other users such as other walkers, dog-walkers, locals, holidaymakers, etc. and those concerned with the environment about this event.
We should not accept undertakings from Network Rail unless we really feel they have offered an acceptable alternative that they can deliver. Also, what is the motivation behind these proposed changes? Are there really safety problems? How many accidents have there been involving walkers?
Please try to attend and have your say – once a footpath is closed, it is gone forever!
Guided Walk Orford Ness 5 October - now fully booked
Because of logistical reasons we had to set the limit at 24 and all places are now taken. If there is sufficient interest, we may be able to do another one next year. More information on the walk is in the Walk Finder accessible from the Walks menu 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.
Norman and Sheila Hammond
Presentations were made to Norman and Sheila Hammond at the recent Soup Lunch held at Grundisburgh. In Norman's case it was to recognise his work for the Ramblers as Programme Secretary and later as Footpath Secretary, as well as his maintenance work on actual footpaths. In Sheila's case it was her work in organising the social events and especially Soup Lunches at Melton over many years. They were both given framed Rambler's Certificates issued by Central Office. Congratulations Norman and Sheila!!
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.
Isla has now taken over officially as Chairperson. Well done Isla!
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
4 February 2016 - In the Royal Courts of Justice in London Mrs Wiseman’s oral hearing for permission to progress her case to the High Court was dismissed on every point she raised and the Secretary of State’s department was awarded around £3000 costs against her. Well done everyone who has worked hard to keep this footpath open.
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.
New - Photo Gallery
Ipswich Ramblers AGM
After a very good walk led by Mike on a glorious day, we all gathered in Kirton Village Hall for the AGM - see picture. After the formalities which will be reported separately, presentations were made to Gareth for his stalwart service as Chairman and to Norman for his tireless work as Footpath Secretary. This was followed by a wonderful lunch with a choice of three soups and 'umpteen delicious puds. Well done Maddy and her helpers and all who brought food and helped with clearing up.
Comments from the questionnaire were circulated at the AGM. See Questionaire Results for more information.
Amendments to walks
Other news from Ipswich Ramblers
Latest work by Footpath Committee
Whitton Area As a result of much work by Geoff Knight and others one public footpath and two restricted byways have been added to the definitive map.
Fonnereau Way - see above