Walking Matters

Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers

About

We are a local group of the Ramblers. The group was formed in 1974 and merged with the Haslemere group in 1976. We now have just over 400 members.

The group has a committee and runs itself referring to Central Office for guidance when necessary. Our AGM is in November. We produce a programme of walks every four months. The leaders of the walks are members of the group.

Wednesdays and Sundays are our main days for walking. Walks on Thursday mornings, introduced two years ago, have become popular as have Friday evening walks in the summer. Most walks start at 10 am and are circular starting at a public car park. Morning walks, usually five miles, finish by 1 pm. Longer ones, eight to ten miles, include up to an hour’s break for lunch (pub or picnic) and end by 4 pm.

We walk mostly in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. Occasionally we walk in London and once a year we spend a day on the Isle of Wight. In August we organise three day-trips by coach to walk in places further away. On these trips there is a programme for non walkers.

One day a month, with support from Surrey County Council Rights of Way officers, volunteers from the group (the Footpath Working Party) meet to improve sections of paths. They, for example, repair steps, replace broken stiles, erect kissing gates and install boardwalks. The leader of the FWP says that no special skills are necessary, just enthusiasm.

Members join the Ramblers and pay an annual subscription. They are allocated a local group which could be one of their choice or the one nearest to them. They may, however, walk with any group of the Ramblers. Non members may walk up to three times with a group before deciding to join the group.

For more information visit our main website.

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