Ipswich & District Ramblers

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Train times for Sandra's walk from Saxmundham, Wednesday 22 August

Train from Ipswich (09:17), Woodbridge (09:32) or Melton (09:36) arrive Saxmundham 09:53. Return is hourly from 12:57.

East Suffolk Line Walks

Ipswich Ramblers member Roger Wolfe has for many years produced a free guide "East Suffolk Line Walks". This guide and individual line walks are available on the East Suffolk Lines website hosted by The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership (ESLCRP). They do a guided walk every month and these are free and open to all and listed on their website. Ipswich Ramblers have recently joined the ESLCPR on their Darsham to Halesworth walk and can thoroughly recommend them.

Ipswich Ramblers needs a new Chair!

Isla will be standing down as Chair at the AGM on Wednesday 31 October so we are looking for a replacement. The role is interesting and stimulating and not onerous. Ramblers offer guidance on the role. See link to further information below. The Chair has flexibility and choice of the amount of time to be allocated to the role.
Pene Frost, the Treasurer, is also standing down after over 20 years so anyone interested in becoming Treasurer please contact her for information.
The Committee remains unchanged otherwise. The committee members are a pleasure to be with because we have a commitment to walking and enjoy company too.

For further information on this role, see here.

Stiles and Bridges and Secateurs

Even in this summer there are many stiles and footbridges, and not a few signposts being hidden or obstructed by vegetation. Whilst this is the responsibility of the Suffolk rights of way team, and a matter of interest to the local parish council, members of the Ramblers can play a part in clearing overgrowth. We all know local authorities are short of resources.

Warning - carrying secateurs will slow your walk! It might, however speed it up for others.

Geoff Knight, 15 July 2018

Walks programme

Remember walks can be put in at any time, either for this programme or you can be planning ahead for the Autumn / Winter. To ensure walks appear in the next printed programme, please enter your walks by 14 September. If this is a new adventure for you have a chat to one of the committee, we are always happy to help. The full procedure for submitting walks is in the Submitting Walks option above. We have also written detailed notes (updated 29 June 2018) on entering the walk details in the Group Walks and Events Manager (GWEM).

A walk with a difference! Ale Trail 4 July 2018.

The Cricketer's breakfast put a smile on everyone's face, we picked up a few people, lost a few along the way but 5 of us completed the route.
Some familiar pubs, some new, all proved a hit. Cricketers, Greyhound, Arcade, Steamboat, Nelson, Dove and Spread Eagle were all pleased to see us.
It was great to see Fr... and Me.... (Forgive abbreviations - GDPR!) The relaxed style of the day gave us time to catch up with them and include new member Tr....
Talk turned to other pubs we could visit, so dust off your Christmas jumpers and keep an eye out for a December reroute.

Message from Sonia - dates for your diary

"Wednesday 1st May 2019 - Walk Regent's Canal, Victoria Park to Paddington Basin, approx 9 miles. More details January 2019.

In the meantime - who's up for Highgate Cemetery on Wednesday 24th October this year??

Start the day with 6-7 mile walk on Hampstead Heath, lunch at Waterflow Park before guided tour of Highgate West Cemetery at 1:30pm. It's a 70 minute tour, then an hour free time to explore East Cemetery.
West Cemetery costs £12 and would need to be booked. Minimum number is 10. If sufficient numbers we can book a coach. Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that I can gauge numbers.
If it proves popular, I will put it on the programme."


Public Footpaths - update from Geoff Knight, 24th May 2018

"Rail crossings. Although the Felixstowe Inquiry is long finished and the Suffolk Public Inquiry is grinding through what could be its last days we may well have to wait some while for an Official Report.
The process has dealt with a mass of evidence, some of which has been robustly criticised by the experts employed by the RA and by SCC Rights of Way. The strength of feeling and likely effect - especially of urban closures in Bury and Newmarket - has been thoroughly aired. We therefore await to see how the Transport and Works Act impacts on out heritage of Public Footpaths.
Henley Road footpaths I have not received any news nor received any information from users. I will endeavour to walk them all and make enquiries of ROW before the item is amended.I would thank all those individuals and Parish Councils who have been active in defence of our walking, and riding, network."

We need more walk leaders!

Not difficult. In fact it's an enjoyable and interesting activity planning out a walk. Especially as we have an archive of walks with really easy to follow maps.
So please talk to any of us so you can be involved.
There are gaps in the programme so please put your walk in. It can be long, short, figure of eight. Whatever and wherever you fancy.

For more information about the programme and how to lead and submit walks, see options under 'Leading Walks' in the Main Menu above.

There's no such thing as too much cake!

On the 9 May on a warm sunny afternoon, around 30 members assembled at Bredfield village hall to set off on one of two walks. One led by Geoff Knight and a slightly shorter one led by our Chair, Isla Clough. We all arrived back at the hall to be faced with the daunting task of demolishing mountains of cake and gallons of tea and coffee.

Thanks to all who made the delicious cakes, those who set up the hall, made the drinks and guarded the treasures while most of us walked. And not forgetting those who led the walks and helped clear up afterwards.

It was a great opportunity to see members who are not able to walk regularly with us at the moment.

After the feast, Isla paid a warm and moving tribute to Geoff who has been leading walks for Ipswich Ramblers for thirty years. She praised his skills at leading walks, his knowledge of wildlife, his amazing memory and of course his knowledge of footpaths. She also praised the work he as done keeping our wonderful network of paths open in this area. Well done Geoff.

Join the Ipswich Ramblers on one of their walks

Ever considered walking with the Ipswich Ramblers? You don't have to be a member for your first few walks so give us a try. We are a friendly and welcoming group.

See testimony from a newly joined member after the walk on 4 April.

"It was lovely meeting yourself, Paul and all the other very friendly & welcoming members of the Ipswich Ramblers yesterday. A big 'Thank you' to Helen for the well planned walk taking us past the gorgeous 'House for Essex' by Grayson Perry. I enjoyed the wonderful company of all those I met on the walk, not to mention our impromptu and well earned lunch at 'The Stranger's Home' pub in Bradfield! Thank you again to everyone for making me feel so welcome!"

For our forthcoming walks see 'Next Walks for Ipswich Ramblers' panel on this page and for more information on walking with us see here. For the full programme see options under Walks option on Main Menu above.

Summer 2018 Walks Programme

This has been compiled and publicised and some lovely walks have been submitted. As usual the launch of a new programme is accompanied by a message from our Chairman and you may read this here.

If you require a printed copy, you can create one from here.

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 summer programme. These walks will appear on-line on this website and on the 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

Download walks into your calendar

There has been a problem downloading walks for you personal calendar using the widget at the side of the home page. This has now been fixed. Any problems with the download please contact Webmaster.  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.

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.


Download walks to your calendar

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Cotswold Outdoor

As a Ramblers Member, there's now a 15% discount available at Cotswold Outdoor. They have a store in Ipswich at 43-45 Tavern Street. Tel: 01473 250883.

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And a 20% for your first purchase with the voucher which comes in the membership pack.

Ipswich Weather

Notice to walk leaders

Don't forget to submit your walks for the next programme by 14 September 2018.


Friday, August 17, 2018