Ipswich & District Ramblers

Forthcoming walks

Sorry we had to cancel last Sunday's walk but Rob has rescheduled it for Sunday 8 April at 10:00. Also note Ian's walk from Butley Oyster on 21 March and Brian's walk from Needham on 25 March.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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.

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.


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)



Social Events

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.

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.

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.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018