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Summer 2018 Walks Programme
We are in the process of compiling the spring / summer walk programme and have had some lovely walks submitted.
There are still some weeks where no walk is planned, remember you can lead a walk on any day, for any length, and the summer gives us the option of shorter evening walks too.
Although as you know we will not be producing a printed programme we had still put a deadline of 17th February for submitting walks so that if people wished to print a paper copy of the walks it would be as full as possible. This date will now be extended to the end of the month.
We would also welcome your ideas and submission of walks for the Walk About Festival, a nationwide Ramblers Festival 26th May to 3rd June. The theme of this year’s Walk About festival is “hidden gems”. We are planning an event in one of the Ipswich Parks to help publicise the group but would love to have some other walks planned that week with local hidden gems. A hidden gem can be anything – a beautiful view; a ruin with an interesting history; a peaceful picnic spot; an interesting rock formation. It doesn’t have to be completely undiscovered – just a particular local spot that you think is fantastic and other people might not know about.
So although this is not the last call please have a think about leading a walk and get in touch. If you have an idea and are a little unsure about where to go from here full details are on the website or please speak to one of the committee who will be happy to help. Additional dates and walks can still be added at any time so keep an eye on the website as they will always be published there.
Festival of Winter Walks
We had walks on three consecutive days during the Festival of Winter Walks including two special Winter Walks to encourage walking in the local community.
Our first special event on 5 January was in Holywells Park made famous by local artist Thomas Gainsborough. Ipswich Ramblers funded the Park Ranger to lead two walks of 90 minutes duration and was aimed at encouraging walking in the local community. Twenty two non Ramblers accompanied by four members enjoyed these informative tours.
The park received a £2 million Lottery funding last year to upgrade the park facilities also liaise and sponsor local wildlife preservation and ecological group activities.
We gave people information on joining the Ramblers and invited them to come on our local walks.
The walk on 6 January was a 4 mile taster walk for prospective members which 8 new people from the Holywells event joining the walk accompanied by a similar number of members.
This walk was a success so we can anticipate perhaps, some new members. Also, we have made excellent links with the local councillors and Ipswich Borough Council so if the Ramblers are happy to fund another Park Ranger activity as part of the Festival of Summer Walks we are in an excellent place to benefit from the success of the Festival of Winter Walks community event.
The walk on 7 January around Dedham was part of our normal programme and in spite of being rather wet underfoot, attracted over twenty walkers including four from the Holywells event.
Thank you for your support, it was so good to experience some community interest.
Reed beds, meadows and wood - second attempt
Please note that Geoff's walk originally scheduled for 3 January will now take place on Wednesday 31 January. Apologies again for the late cancellation and especially to the small number who did not receive the message in time. Full details can be found here.
Sonia's Thames Walk Wednesday 2nd May - update
The coach for the Thames walk is now full, thank you everyone for your enthusiasm.
If anyone else is interested I'm happy to put a few names on a reserve list and if this walk goes well, there's a possibility of arranging another next year.
To those booked on, we will be in touch soon re; payment, preferred pickup point and further detail. (See here for original post)
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.
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.
Cannot find a suitable walk with us this week? Read on...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: