Ipswich & District Ramblers

Old 'News'

We have introduced this page so that news and events in the past will be recorded 'forever'. This will free up the Home page for more timely articles.

A message from Isla

I would like to thank Ipswich & District Ramblers Group for the gift of a book token but even more for the enjoyable time I have had as Chair for 3 years. Ian Gosden is the new Chair so here's wishing him interesting opportunities to develop new ideas which this group have only just started. The future looks rewarding and fun.

Isla Clough

Chair Emeritus.

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 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.

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.

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.

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


Saturday 11 August - Invitation to join East Suffolk Line Walk 'Yox-Blyth Valleys' Darsham station to Halesworth 9 miles

Roger Holt has invited the Ipswich Ramblers to join the above walk.
Start Darsham station 10.00am following the arrival of 9.17 train from Ipswich or 9.07 train from Lowestoft. (Join either train at any intermediate station.) Bring refreshments but possible pub stop at Bramfield. Walk ends at Halesworth station mid-afternoon. Well-behaved dogs OK but must be on short leads. Several stiles and rough pasture so not suitable for buggies. To check train times call 03457 48 49 50 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. Leader Declan Hughes.

Network Rail wants to close many rail crossings (published early 2017)

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. 

Bernard Flack

Sadly, Bernard who was an active member of Ipswich Ramblers for many years died on 29 April 2018. His funeral will take place at Seven Hills Crematorium on 17 May, at 2.15 p.m. The full announcement can be found here. Our thoughts are with his family.

Join us for walks and cakes at Bredfield on Wednesday 9 May 2018

Please join us for one of two walks starting at 1:30pm (4 miles) and 2:00pm (2.5 miles) both starting and ending at Bredfield Village Hall. You will be rewarded for your efforts with tea and cakes provided by the committee. If you don't want to walk but just enjoy the cakes, arrive at Bredfield Village Hall at about 3:30pm.

Details of the meeting point can be found here and here.

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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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.


September 2017 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.

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.  

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. 

Sonia's Thames Walk Wednesday 2nd May: Pack your picnic hamper and join us on a surprisingly rural 8 mile ramble from Richmond to Hampton Court Palace, passing Eel Pie Island, Teddington Lock and Kingston.

Coach pickup 7:30am at Holiday Inn Ransomes Europark or 8am Crown Pools lay by. Return pickup 4pm at The Palace.
Limited places available, so to secure your seat, send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text me on 07800 847709.
Cost £18, money to myself or Janice when you see us on a walk.
Let's get ready to Ramble!! Sonia

Map and Compass day 18 October: Fourteen people attended the recent map training day for new and potentially new leaders. Geoff gave a session on reading and understanding maps which was followed by the attendees leading a walk. The group split into two groups and each person took a turn to lead on a 4 mile walk of well disguised footpaths around Bucklesham. The event was enjoyed by all and this was followed by lunch at the Shannon.

The group relies upon new leaders coming through. We offer over 100 walks each year and new leaders are always welcome. Committee members are very willing to assist new leaders by walking out with them on potential walks. So please feel free to contact them if you need their assistance.

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.

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 //www.flickr.com/photos/128047176@N03/albums/72157678643456995" data-mce-href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/128047176@N03/albums/72157678643456995">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.

Ramblers Suffolk Area: The minutes of the AGM held on Saturday 4th February may be found here.

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. 

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.

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.




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.

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The Walking Partnership

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Saturday, January 19, 2019