The 2019 group AGM will be on Friday 25th October at Portchester Community Centre, starting at 7:45pm.
While the primary purpose of this meeting is to review the year gone by and elect next year's committee, there's also lots of other things planned to make sure it's still fun:
* Prizes, including most miles walked and most events attended
* Pub quiz (including a walking round!)
* Social visit to the pub afterwards
The centre has free parking and is just over half a mile from Portchester train station. You can bring your own snacks and drinks (including alcoholic drinks) to have during the AGM and quiz.
If you are interested in learning more about the committee roles that are vacant, email me at email@example.com for more information.
Portchester Community Centre, Central Way, PO16 9AD
Parking is off Central Way, Portchester train station is just over half a mile walk.
22 Central Rd, Portchester, Fareham PO16 9AE, UK
A circular walk of arboreal delights in the heart of the New Forest across a variety of trails and terrain in an area to the SW of Lyndhurst. We will visit the ancient Knightswood Oak and pass through the village of Bank for a pub stop at the Oak Inn on our way round. Towards the end of the walk we will get to see the tallest trees in the New Forest and visit Blackwater Arboretum. Please bring a packed lunch.
Brock Hill Car Park
From Lyndhurst take the A35 heading towards Christchurch. After passing the signs for Bank take the next left signposted towards Rhinefield. The car park is the first on the right on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive.
52 Rhinefield Ornamental Dr, Brockenhurst SO42 7QB, UK
Forsaking our much trodden route of the Itchen way, we start at Bishopstoke Rugby club, just over the tracks from Eastleigh and take the back route, along some lesser used paths to Winchester. Bring a packed lunch for stop en-route. Pub stop at the end. This route is easy going however I've given a moderate rating for the length.
The Hub, Bishopstoke Rd, Eastleigh SO50 6LA
The Hub, Bishopstoke Rd, Eastleigh SO50 6LA - Just over the Bridge from Eastleigh train station
A circular walk taking in Fishlake meadows and part of the Test Way. At the end of the walk there will be the option of going for Sunday lunch at The Old House at Home pub. If you wish to have lunch please contact me so I can book a table in advance for 1 p.m. The walk will be shortened if we are pushed for time.
Remember, remember the 5th of November... except that's a Tuesday, and holding a fireworks night on a Saturday is clearly a much better idea. The fireworks night in question is organised by the Winchester Round Table. Please buy your tickets from https://winchesterbonfire.co.uk/
Parking in Winchester is usually pretty tricky, so if you can, you're probably best using public transport or lift-sharing.
Winchester Cathedral, Winchester
The Cathedral is a short walk from the High Street.
A lovely circular walk starting at Bursledon train station. This walk gives a really nice variety including open fields, a woodland, a river and a ferry crossing. Please bring £1.50 in cash for the ferry. Drinks in the Jolly Sailor afterwards. The route could be muddy.
**Please note, that we will be joined on this walk by Hampshire Youth Project.
Bursledon Train station - Bursledon, Southampton SO31 8AA
The Stable offers, pie, pizza, cider, beer and wine; need I say more? You must book to come on this social, if you can't book please contact me to book you on. Newbies and first timers welcome. Option to go for drinks in Southampton afterwards.
The Stable - Unit 6 The Arts Complex 138 Above Bar Street Southampton SO14 7DU (Parking around the town centre, I'd suggest Bedford place carpark)
The Arts Complex
138 Above Bar Street
Unit 6 The Arts Complex, 138 Above Bar St, Southampton SO14 7DU, United Kingdom
This year we are having a Christmas rambler party with a difference…. Come join us at the Holiday Inn in Southampton for a Masquerade themed party night!
There will be a glass of bubbly upon arrival, followed by a 3 course meal, and a DJ playing the best of Christmas hits no doubt until midnight to get us all in the festive spirit!
The party night is Masquerade themed, however dressing up is not compulsory & for all those not wanting to buy anything specially- they even provide masks on the tables should you fancy it.
The holiday inn is right in the middle of Southampton and so is easily reached by public transport....or why not make a stay of it?
I would need a £10 deposit per person please to secure your place; I have currently booked 20 spaces but this can be potentially added to if there's interest, there is of course a chance places may go so please try and confirm ASAP.
£10 deposit made payable into this account;
name of account: The ramblers association
account no: 20298753
sort code: 60-83-01
The full cost of the meal is £30
Look forward to seeing you there in all your Fabulousness!
Holiday inn, southampton
Herbert Walker Avenue
A wonderful service filled with beautiful music sung by the Cathedral Choir. Doors open at 5.20pm so we will need to get in the queue by 5 if we can - though every time I've been you always get in. We will then go for drinks afterwards to celebrate the start of (most peoples) Christmas Break with a pub crawl through Winchesters many fine pubs and bars.
Let me know if you're coming along so I can keep an eye out for you.
Winchester Cathedral is about a 15-minute walk down for the train station. The station itself is well served on all major routes. Parking is also available over the city, but be warned it can be busy this time of year.
It's Christmas! and what better way to celebrate than with one last walk. This is a short circular route around Winchester, taking in St cross, the Viaduct and St Catherine's Hill, where will stop at summit and enjoy some Christmas snacks and tipples (please bring snacks and tipples). This is a short easy walk with one steep climb, perfect for new members wanting to try out the group. Drinks in the Black Boy to finish.
9 The Cl, Winchester SO23 9LS - it's a 10 min walk into town from the train station, there are also numerous car parks around town.
This new year is a big one! The committee invites you to come and see out the decade and welcome in the 20's with us. We are not straying too far this new year so you won't have far to go, yet you'll still get the feeling of getting away from it all, in the South Downs National Park right near Arundel with its magnificent castle. Our base camp will be the National Trusts' Slindon Bunkhouse https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays/bunkhouse-slindon-sussex which sleeps 17 people and boasts a roaring log burning for us to spend the nights round. Full programme will be released nearer the time but you can expect plenty of fun, a New Years Eve Party and of course lots of walking. Cost of the four nights is £90, this may go down slightly if we get a full contingent. To secure your place please pay a deposit of £40 to the group account with the reference " NEW YEARS 2019".
Acc no. 20298753
Sort code. 60-83-01
From the North take the A29 and from Slindon Common follow signs to Slindon. From the South take the A27 and at Fontwell turn on to the A27 then follow signs to Slindon as above. In Slindon go past the College, the turning to the College and National Trust Estate Office and Bunkhouse is on the left. Use post code BN18 0RG - 6 miles from Arundel Station.
Annual trip taking in a route with historic significance and walking in the footsteps of the past. This year we will walk in the footsteps of the first inhabitants of this island, neolithic man. These men worshipped ancient deities lost to history, what is not lost however is the monuments they built to honour them, The great stone circles. This walk, starting at Danebury Hill Fort and ending at Old Sarum, takes in the most famous of these sites Stonehenge and Avebury and will be completed over two days, with an extra day of rest/ visit to these sites. I will look into accommodation in Feb/March 2020 which will depend on numbers interested.
A week in beautiful Scotland, staying in at Onich on the west coast. This is a mountainous area so I intend to lead a variety of walks in the
mountains, including possibly the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Difficulty of walks will vary and may not suit everyone, but others are
welcome to lead either tougher or easier walks, or do their own thing as they wish. We are also on the coast, and for any monster hunter it's within driving distance of Loch Ness.
I have booked a cottage which will take from 12 to 17, dependent on how many double beds we fill. For 12 people cost will be around £170 each, and for 17 it will be around £120. I have had numerous expressions of interest already, but if you would like to be added to the list / reserve list, please email me and I'll let you know how things stand.
Cuilcheanna House, Onich
Onich is quite remote. It is a full day's drive from Hampshire (AA Route Planner suggests 9 hours of driving time) so you may wish to stop
overnight. Alternatively groups may wish to fly to Glasgow or Inverness and hire a car. It is also possible to get there by bus. The nearest station is 10 miles away at Fort William.
A trip away taking in sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path - https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/pembrokeshire-coast-path
The proposed accommodation is a beach house close to the path itself - https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/7200840?s=67&shared_item_type=1&virality_entry_point=1&sharer_id=103588734
The cost for the accommodation will be approximately £130 to £150 for the 4 nights. The number of people can be increased depending on the mix.
As well as walking there is a weekend of events going on in nearby Tenby (20 min drive) for any keen swimmers, cyclists or runners of all abilities - https://www.lcwwales.com.
Please register your interest by signing up and as soon as there are sufficient numbers I will go ahead and book. Note that if I cannot get the first choice accommodation there are other options in the area which I will discuss with those registered.