CHELMER & BLACKWATER
WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE OF THE CHELMER & BLACKWATER GROUP OF THE RAMBLERS' ASSOCIATION
Our Group started in 1986 to serve RA members living in the central region of Essex, roughly defined by the Chelmer and Blackwater river valleys. The 20 founder members came from the West Essex and Brentwood Groups, with Kevin Ascott, our first chairman sent out on a 'mission' to organise a new group. Since those early days, the C&B membership has grown considerably.
WHEN DOES ALL THIS WALKING TAKE PLACE?
We organise 4 walks a week on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, which makes us one of the most active groups in the Ramblers' Association (RA).
We walk mainly in the Essex area, but frequently go into neighbouring counties to extend our range of walking interests. Usually we travel to walking venues by car, sharing when we can.Coach trips are organised every month from Spring to Autumn as well as week-end and week-long holidays as part of our social activities. We also meet up with other local RA groups for Essex area joint events.
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday walks are for a full day, of length 10 to
12 miles starting at 10.15am. Saturdays are half-day walks of 5 to 6 miles
starting at 1.30pm.
The turnout on walks varies quite a bit. Some days there may be 5 or 6 people out on a walk, other days it can be as many as 30. Whatever the numbers, you can guarantee a very enjoyable walk led by experienced leaders. We are a mixed bunch of characters from all 'walks' of life who enjoy each others company and very much welcome new walkers to our Group.
To get ideas and hints for locating the start of a walk, click on the "Locating the Start of a Walk" link in the drop-down menu. On this page there is also a link to a page describing various free mapping programs.To view any changes or corrections to the published walks, click on the "Stop Press - Walks Changes and Corrections" in the drop-down menu.
TO BRING ON A WALK
SO HOW DO YOU JOIN THE CHELMER & BLACKWATER RAMBLERS?
We fully support the RA in its objectives to promote walking and respect for the countryside. If you have similar views and wish to join us on walks, perhaps becoming new RA members, then why not click on this www.ramblers.org.uk/join link which describes various joining options. On this site you will find our Walks Programme for the next 4 months, with further links to maps to help you find the start venues. There is also a Useful Information page and even a Photo Gallery showing some of the many places we have visited on foot!
RA members of the C&B group receive a comprehensive, 4-monthly programme
and newsletter, which also includes details of all the socialactivities.
This programme may be received by e-mail or alternatively as a printed
To view an album in the Photo Gallery, click on the Photo Gallery link at the top of this page and select an album to view. Click on a thumbnail image to see the full sized picture.
post some of your walking pictures on this site, e-mail them as jpeg attachments
to this address firstname.lastname@example.org
(it may be necessary to split them between 3 or 4 e-mails). Alternatively,
copy themto a CD, DVD or Pen-Drive as jpeg images and contact the website
editor at the above address to arrange for the disk to be sent or delivered.
Please limit the number of pictures per album to 25 in order to keep the
site a manageable size.
part of the RA’s campaign to keep paths open for all walkers, we
encourage you to make complaints to the Essex County Council, whenever
you come across footpath faults. It is very easy to make a complaint,
especially now that it can be done on-line. By clicking on ‘Footpath
Matters', you will see a simple guide written by the two local Footpath
Secretaries (John and Jackie) for Chelmsford and Maldon Districts, advising
how to report the problems you encounter. There is a click on the link
to the ECC Problems and Enquiry page and e-mail addresses for John and
Jackie, who will assist you in this process and liaise with the ECC to
help resolve your footpath problems.
NEW ON THE SITE?
2. The website has been updated with a new walks report by Graham of his Exeter holiday in August, 2015 together with a photo album of the holiday, photos kindly provided by John T. There is also now a small photo album of the RA 80th Anniversary Burnham walk, photos donated by Mike B. An updated Newsletter will follow shortly.
3. A report on District footpath matters, given to the C&B AGM in October 2015 by Katherine Evans, Interim District Footpath Secretary, has now been published on the Footpath Matters page of this website.
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