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
- Wednesdays: starting at 10.30am, a half day walk of about
Standard / Easy Pace
- Wednesday Evenings (summer only) starting at 7pm or 7.30pm 3/5
- Tuesday/monthly starting at 10.30am, a half day of about
NB Standard Pace - about 2.5 miles average per hour, Easy Pace - about
2 miles average per hour. This includes stops
for refreshments, so the walking pace is slightly
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
Looking to join
Please visit our
Membership page which will give you all the
details you need.
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.
We take our data protection seriously and
we changed the
Constitution last year to reflect the
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
To clarify, we store your data in
spreadsheets, which includes the details you
have provided on application and renewal
forms. This information is only used on club
business and we do not add your e-mail
address to any distribution list unless you
specifically request to be added. Your
e-mail address may be used by club officials
to contact you on personal matters.
We need your details to be able to send
you newsletters and walk programme during
the year, but if there is any information
you would rather we did not hold on our
spreadsheets, please omit these when
completing the application or renewal form,
or alternatively, send an e-mail to
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information you wish to have removed.