Approved by the Cardinal Archbishop of
Affiliated to the Ramblers Association (Registered Charity No. 306089)
1. What you need
to know before
B e well prepared:
Þ Save 30% off all rail fares and a little
off all zone travel cards by buying a
Network Southeast Card (about £20 a
Þ Ring the train enquiry number -08457 48 49 50 - to check the time of the
Þ Read the Countryside Code on this
leaflet and follow it.
Þ Remember you walk with the club
entirely at your own risk so have strong
boots with good grip to help avoid
slipping in muddy conditions.
Þ Also wear suitable socks. Terry lined
socks are expensive but worth it for the
Þ Always carry a waterproof garment as
walks are not cancelled for bad
Þ Carry a warm woollen garment with
Þ Take some food and liquid. We usually
stop at a pub for lunch but occasionally
this may not be possible.
Þ In winter carry a torch as walks
sometimes finish after dark.
2. On the day of the
Check that you are with the right group.
There are often several walking groups at the
London station so ask if they are the St
If you can’t find us at the London station
board the advertised train as we will be much
more recognisable at the destination station.
Keep up with the group at all times. We do our best not to lose anyone but you
also have an obligation to keep the group in your sights at all times.
Never walk in front of the leader.
Never eat your own food or drink your own
drink on pub premises.
Be ready to leave the pub at the time decided
by the leader.
If you are an established rambler make sure
that new walkers are made to feel welcome
and do not fall too far behind.
As you gain more experience be prepared to
volunteer to act as back marker occasionally.
3. Think of leading a ramble yourself
The ramble list compiler is always anxious to
hear from new leaders and the members really
appreciate the time leaders take to prepare
their walks. So do think of contributing to the
life of the club by taking your turn.
When you do lead remember that not
everyone will be as fit as you are so please wait
for the slower ones to catch up(but not so long
as to miss food service at the pub!!).
Again when you do lead don’t linger too long
at the pub and don’t rush off too quickly
either. An hour and a quarter is about right.
4. Becoming a
You can join the club
at any time. All you have to do
¨Make out a cheque payable to “St Francis
of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club” for the
current annual membership (only £5 in
2008-2009 but going up to £7 in 2009-2010; membership for those residing outside
the UK is £2 more than ordinary membership).
¨Send it to the Treasurer whose address
you will find on the current programme.
¨Renew your subscription promptly in
October each year If you join after 31 July
in one year your first subscription will take
you through to October the following year.
Otherwise renewals are due in October and
if not paid by 31 December membership will
be deemed to have lapsed.
¨Life Membership is available to
to all, without any qualifying period of ordinary membership. The
contribution for life membership is currently
twenty times the ordinary annual membership.
¨Hope you enjoy your time with the Club
and in due course take your turn leading
rambles and being on the Committee.
The Countryside Code
Respect the life of the countryside Be
courteous to all those who live in the
countryside we are walking through.
Guard against fire. Never throw away
lighted matches or cigarettes.
Fasten all gates - Leave gates as you found
them but if in doubt shut them. Do not
assume that someone behind will shut it;
they may think it has been purposely left
Keep dogs under proper control - if there
are any dogs with us they must be on a lead
when there are livestock about or where
notices request that they should be on a lead.
Keep to the paths across farm land - Do
not wander through crops. When we have to
walk through them keep in a single file.
Even grass is a valuable crop.
Avoid damaging fences, hedges and walls
- if we have to climb a gate do so one at a
time, near the hinge.
Leave no litter - put all rubbish in your
pocket or rucksack. Please pick up litter
dropped accidentally by other walkers.
Leave the countryside as beautiful as you
Safeguard water supplies.
Protect wildlife, plants and trees.
Go carefully on country roads - most of
our walking is on footpaths, so we have to
pay increased attention when we have to
walk for a while on a road.
Walk on the right facing oncoming traffic.
Peace Prayer of St Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of thy
where there is hatred...let me sow love;
Where there is injury...pardon;
Where there is doubt...faith;
Where there is despair...hope;
Where there is darkness... light;
Where there is sadness ...joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled...as to
console, to be understood...as to
understand, to be loved...as to love.
For it is in giving...that we receive; it is
in pardoning...that we are pardoned; it
is in dying...that we are born to eternal