Welcome to the Ipswich Ramblers Website
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New Programme - Important information
The printed programmes are now ready and will be distributed in the next 2-3 weeks.
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.
Suffolk Historic Churches Trust - ride and stride
Each year, across the whole of the county, hundreds of cyclists and walkers set out to take part in the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust sponsored ride and stride. Their challenge is to visit as many churches as possible during the day.
The sponsorship money raised is divided equally between the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and the cyclist's nominated church.
The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust is a non-denominational organisation which uses the funds received to provide grants to assist with the upkeep of the county's many fine church buildings.
This year's ride and stride takes place on Saturday 9th September between 9am and 5pm.
To take part, cyclists and walkers can either contact the local organiser at their church or register their interest with their area organiser whose details can be found at https://shct.org.uk/ride-and-stride/.
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?
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.
Summer 2017 programme
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.
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 or not led a walk yet? 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.
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
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.
Amendments to walks