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WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE OF THE CHELMER & BLACKWATER GROUP OF THE RAMBLERS' ASSOCIATION

The C&B Ramblers walks programme can be found by clicking on the Walks Programme link above and following the menu to the Ramblers Association Find-A-Walk web page.

C&B Coach Rambles for 2015 are now published in the new Newsletter. Click on the Newsletter link above and select the Current Newsletter (April 15-July 15) for details.

For general enquiries about the C&B Ramblers and how to join us, call 01245-344636


ABOUT US

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.

The 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.
On full day walks we nearly always stop at a pub at lunchtime! Walks are usually circular but sometimes are figures of eight.

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.

WHAT TO BRING ON A WALK

You will need boots, enough warm clothing and waterproofs. A suitably sized rucksack is the best way to carry things. It is advisable to bring food and drink for lunch and snack breaks during the day. Many of us choose to have lunch at the pub, but it is not possible to eat your own food on the pub premises unless special permission is given by the walk leader. The main rule is that if you use pub facilities then at least buy a drink. Please note our policy is not to allow dogs, other than Registered Assistance Dogs, on our walks.

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!

Full 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 copy.

RA walk leaders will always guide you safely and responsibly, but individuals must behave sensibly and walk at their own risk.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO POST SOME OF YOUR BEST WALKING PICTURES ON THIS SITE?

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.

To post some of your walking pictures on this site, e-mail them as jpeg attachments to this address cb.website@btinternet.com (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.

FOOTPATH MATTERS

You might have noticed a button at the top of this home page called ‘Footpath Matters’. We are very aware that many walkers in our Essex countryside frequently come across problems with footpaths. These can take many forms e.g. broken stiles, fallen fingerposts, barbed wire across your right of way.....the list is endless.

As 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.
Please click on ‘Footpath Matters’ and make use of this guide.

WHAT'S NEW ON THE SITE?

1. More information has been added to the "Mapping Sites" page about 'openstreetmap' and also about printing maps from www.streetmap.co.uk. There is also an added link to a new ECC interactive map which shows footpaths and bridleways around Essex.

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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Site last updated September, 2015


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