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.

Top

Club History

Chelmsford Rambling Club was started on 4th February 1934 when 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 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.

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.

Top

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, a full day walk of 8/10 miles.
  • Wednesdays: starting at 10.30am, 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, a half day walk of about 4 miles.

Stroll

  • Tuesday/monthly starting at 10.30am, 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 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 parking.

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

Top

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

Top

Membership

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

Please note that for Couples/Partners and Family Membership there must be one contact address.

Family membership means Parents/Guardians/Grandparents with 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 year.

Top

Contact Point

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

chelmsfordramblingclub@outlook.com

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

Find us on Facebook

Top

©2006-2013 Hosted by Ahead4 ltd.