London Blind Rambling Club!

London Blind Rambling Club!


Hello everyone and welcome to the 2017 Walk Programme.

My aim as walks organiser is to encourage as many visually impaired people as possible to join in with the planned walking activities of this Club. The average walk is 6 to 9 miles. Each walk is led (apart from the odd exception) by Rambling Association groups in their individual areas. One to one guiding (if needed) is usually available by these groups members. Please be sure to walk behind the leader of the walk.

Membership is ten pounds a year and can be paid on your first walk to the secretary.

Members receive up to 50% concession on return fares from the meeting place to each walks starting point.

It is recommended to wear comfortable, but suitable footwear, and to bring a packed lunch to go with a drink at the lunch-time pub or picnic stop.

Walks Organiser:  Valerie Clark  Tel: 020 8868 0096.    Email:

Upcoming walks

Sunday 6 August 2017. Meet Victoria Main Line Ticket Office.  Time 9.00am.  Destination Sole Street. 6 mile circular through fields and an Apple Orchard to Cobham Church, the walk continues until we reach the cricket grounds where we stop for our packed lunch, toilets available in the Club House.  We continue through lanes down to Lodge, Shoulder of Mutton and into Cobhambury Woods.  We then continue through the village to the Cock Pub to relax in the pub garden before returning across fields to the station.  Leader Peter Adams.

 Sunday 13 August 2017.  Meet Liverpool Street Main Line Ticket Office.  Time 9.20am. Destination Chingford.  Choice of two length circular walks, 6 or 8 miles through Epping Forest.  Both groups meet together for our packed lunch with  pub stop at The Owl, before returning together to Chingford station.  Leader Mike Whiteley.

Sunday 20 August 2017.   Meet Paddington Main Line Ticket Office.  Time 9.00am.  Destination Didcot.  Transport in their private cars to the start of the walk.  Choice of 5 or 7 mile walks around the local countryside.  Packed lunch and bring a drink. Tea and cakes at the local Garden Centre at the end of the walk, before returning to Didcot in their cars.  Leader Pat Lonergan.

 Sunday 27 August 2017.   Bank Holiday.

 Friday 1 to Tuesday 5 September 2017.  Rambling Weekend in Hastings area.

 Sunday 10 September 2017.  Meet Liverpool Street Main Line Ticket Office.  Time 9.30am.  Destination Chingford.  6 mile circular walk through Epping Forest taking in Connaught Waters  Packed lunch in the Owl Pub gardens before returning to Chingford station. Leaders Michael & Jean Murphy.

Sunday 17 September 2017.          Meet Victoria Main Line Ticket Office.  Time 9.00am.  Destination Oxted.  7 mile circular through the Surrey countryside.  Packed lunch at Limpsfield Chart with Pub stop.  Leader Peter Southgate.

 Sunday 24 September 2017. Meet London Liverpool Street Main Line Ticket Office.  Time 9.00am.  Destination Brentwood.  7 mile circular. Walking through woods and parkland.  We will stop for our packed lunch at the Thorndon Park Visitors Centre where light refreshments can be purchased.  This will be mainly flat walking to enjoy the Essex countryside. Leader Les Cox and Alison Johnson.

Sunday 1 October 2017. Sunday 1 October 2017.  Meet Uxbridge Station Ticket Barrier (Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines). Time 10.30am. 7 mile circular. We follow the Frays River past the Alderglade Nature Reserve to the Country Park Centre and Denham village where we have our packed lunch. with choice of pubs. After lunch we follow paths within the Park, returning to Uxbridge along the Grand Union canal.  Leaders Tom Berry, Bert Neale and Jackie Gower.

 Sunday 8 October 2017.   Meet Chalfont & Latimer underground station on the platform.  Time 10.30am. 7 to 8 mile walk through local countryside. Packed lunch with pub stop.  Leader Johanna Nixon.

 Sunday 15 October 2017. Meet Waterloo Main Line Ticket Office.  Time 9.00am. Destination Clandon.  7 to 8 miles through woods and farmland, mainly level ground.  Leader Erica Taverett..

A maximum of 3 guide dogs are permitted to free run per walk. To avoid harm to livestock and other animals, dogs must be kept on the lead unless authorised by the walk leader. Dogs do on occasions become rather messy whilst free running, owners should be sure to have some means of cleaning their dog before travelling home.

Please book your place with me by email: or telephone 020 8868 0096, if possible, on the Thursday prior to the walk so we can let the Rambling Group know how many members will be attending the walk. Places to those wishing to bring a guide dog will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Any Member arriving late and missing the appointed train cannot expect the host Rambling Group to wait beyond the planned starting time of the walk. Therefore, it is unreasonable for any Member to ring our co-ordinator to ask them to wait behind for a later train.

The Littlehampton Rambling Weekend is fully booked with 12 members going.

For the Hastings Rambling Weekend in September, the information will be going out to those eligible members in April.

The Club has arranged Third Party Public Liability Insurance.

All sporting and rambling activities have inherent hazards. The safety of members being the paramount concern, accidents may occasionally occur. Therefore, it is important that when on rambles each member appreciates that they have a responsibility to identify the hazards and take all reasonable steps to eliminate or minimize the potential for an accident to arise.

Guide Dog owners are responsible for the care and control of their own dog. The Club is not liable for any problem or accident that their dog may cause. In the event of any claim, the guide dog owner must refer the matter to the Guide Dogs Association who have Insurance to cover such an event.

Walks Organiser:  Valerie Clark,  Tel: 020 8868 0096.        Email:

Secretary:  Maria Foster,  Tel: 020 8427 1737.     Email:

Alternatively, you can pay direct into the Recreational Fund for the Blind bank account, these details are:-

Account:            Recreational Fund for the Blind.

Bank:                NatWest, Clapham Junction.

Account No:       57313466.

Sort Code:         50-21-01.

If you pay direct into the bank account please use your name as the reference and let the secretary know you have done this.


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