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.
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
The Group decided to meet regularly
calling themselves Chelmsford
Pathfinders, later changing to
the Chelmsford Rambling Club.
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 (more details can be
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
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.
The Chelmsford Rambling Club offers a range of circular walks to
suit most abilities. At the present time the programme includes
- Wednesdays: starting at 10.30am, a full day walk of 8/10
- Wednesdays: starting at 10.30am, a half day
walk of 5/6 miles.
- Saturdays: starting at 2pm, a half day walk of about
- Sundays: starting at 10:30am a full day walk of about
- Wednesday Evenings (summer only) starting at 7pm or 7.30pm 3/5
- Wednesdays: starting at 10.30am, a half day walk of about
- Tuesday/monthly starting at 10.30am, a half day of about
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
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 on the All Day and
Standard Pace walks will usually have arranged lunch in a pub. Where,
on the All Day Walks a Pub Lunch has
not been arranged, the Walks Programme will indicate "Own Food."
Walkers will be expected to buy food,
or a drink and crisps, if they have
availed themselves of the pub
The Walks Programme can be viewed by clicking on the link at the top.
There will be a nominated back-marker for each
walk and all walks will consist of a minimum of 4
Walk leaders receive guidelines to ensure the enjoyment and safety
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
Please also see our Walkers and Leaders
notes on the
Resource page, which will answer many
Frequently Asked Questions
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
The Club is affiliated to The Ramblers Association,
but our members do not need to join the Association.
All walkers must however, be members of
the Chelmsford Rambling Club to comply with
Insurance requirements (even if they are
individual members of The Ramblers
Single Persons - £10.00 per year
Couples/Partners - £14.00 per year
Family membership - £14.00 per year
Please note that for Couples/Partners
and Family Membership there must be one
Family membership means
children/grandchildren (under the age of
16) accompanying them on walks.
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
If you have any questions not answered on this website please contact our General Secretary,
Steve Freight at:
giving your name, address and telephone number,
and we will get back to you.
Please use the link below to download a
membership application form. We look forward to
welcoming you to the club.
CRC Application Form