Aims

Chelmsford Rambling Club's aims are to arrange a regular programme of walks and to encourage the enjoyment, appreciation and conservation of the countryside and its network of footpaths. The Club aims to organise social activities and to promote a spirit of fellowship.

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Club History

Chelmsford Rambling Club was started on 4th February 1934. Mr W V Hegarty advertised that he intended to lead a walk from Chelmsford Railway Station to the Thatchers Arms (now the Cuckoo) at Radley Green. On the day he was joined by twelve others.

The Group decided to meet regularly - the Chelmsford Rambling Club was born and originally called Chelmsford Pathfinders.

A log book was started to record details of each walk. The original log book together with subsequent records of all the walks are still held by the Club.

Whilst the War curtailed activities, short walks still continued on a monthly basis around Chelmsford. Car ownership was not widespread until the 1960's and until then the Club used public transport to get to more distant start points. In the early years walks were sometimes all day affairs - with ramblers not returning until early evening, having stopped at village teashops and wayside cafes for refreshment.

Membership continued to grow and social events became a more regular feature of Club life.

Today there is a wide variety of walks on the Chelmsford Rambling Club programme, and visits to places of interest, coach outings, socials and other activities now form an integral part of Club life.

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Walks

The Chelmsford Rambling Club offers a range of circular walks to suit most abilities. At the present time the programme includes -

Standard Pace

  • Wednesdays: starting at 10.30am sharp a full day walk of 8/10 miles.
  • Every Wednesday: starting at 10.30am sharp a half day walk of 5/6 miles.
  • Saturdays: starting at 2pm a half day walk of about 4/5 miles.
  • Sundays: starting at 10:30am a full day walk of about 10 miles.
  • Wednesday Evenings (summer only) starting at 7pm or 7.30pm 3/5 miles

Easy Pace

  • Wednesdays: starting at 10.30am sharp a half day walk of about 4 miles.

Stroll

  • Tuesday/monthly starting at 10.30am sharp a half day of about 3 miles

NB Standard Pace - about 2.5 miles per hour, Easy Pace - about 2 miles per hour.

Walks are led by Club members and additional walk leaders are always welcome.

Every half year the Club produces a programme of walks for the coming 6 months. The programme includes all necessary details for each walk. Most walks will start within a twenty mile radius of Chelmsford. Members are expected to make their own travel arrangements as the Club does not provide transport to the various start points.

On all walks, members should bring suitable refreshment for the half way point.

The walk leader will usually have arranged lunch in a pub. Where the Walks Programme indicates "Pub Food Only" walkers will be expected to buy food at the pub, they must not consume their own food on the premises. If the Programme does not indicate "Pub Food Only" it is assumed that it will be Ok to bring your own food. In any event walkers will be expected to buy a drink and perhaps crisps etc.

The Walks Programme can be viewed by clicking on the link at the top.

There will be a nominated back-marker for each walk.
Walk leaders receive guidelines to ensure the enjoyment and safety of walkers.

All walks are at the individual's own risk. Neither the Club nor the leader can accept any responsibility for any accident or injury which may occur during any of the Club's walks or other activities.

  • Walking boots and suitable clothing are recommended

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Benefits of Membership

  • A full programme of led walks to suit most abilities
  • Fun, Fitness, Friendship
  • Open air and countryside
  • Regular Newsletters
  • Social Activities - including coach outings, socials, quizzes etc

· The Club is affiliated to The Ramblers Association

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Membership

Single Persons - £10.00 per year
Married Couples/Partners - £12.00 per year
Family membership - £12.00 per year

Please note that Family Membership means Parents/Guardians/Grandparents with children/grandchildren (under the age of 16) accompanying them on walks. There must be one contact address. Subscription rates are determined at the Club's Annual General Meeting

The Club's subscription year commences 1st October. The subscriptions paid by those members joining in July, August and September will also enable them to carry forward their membership through the following year.

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Contact Point

If you have any questions not answered on this website please contact our General Secretary, Margaret Say at:

chelmsfordramblingclub@outlook.com

giving your name,address and telephone number.

Below is a link to enable you to download a membership application form. Please contact the General Secretary, using the above link, who will then advise you of the postal address to forward the application form and cheque.

CRC Application Form

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