Surrey is a great place to go walking. The most wooded county in England offers some of South East England's most beautiful and accessible countryside. There are 17 Ramblers' groups in Surrey Area, which covers part of South and South West London as well as the county. Each group organises two or more walks every week. A group walk is a great way to get some exercise in a sociable atmosphere. You're welcome to attend up to three walks before joining the Ramblers. Members can walk with any group, receive discounts at outdoor shops, and help Ramblers defend Britain's unique rights of way network.
News and Events
WALK LEADER TRAINING 2015
The remaining Walk Leaders courses for 2015 will be on Tuesday 1 Sept at Wotton (near Dorking), and Saturday 24 Oct at Farnham. Applications are invited for the Farnham course through the form in the Members Area.
The Wotton course is almost fully booked but there might be room for one more, and sometimes last minute cancellations occur, so if you want to have the option of either date please do add that to your application.
COURSE: THE GEOLOGY AND LANDSCAPES OF SURREY Join John Gill for a six week course learning about Surrey's beautiful landscapes and geology. The first session is on Tuesday 8 September 2015. There are two day long sessions followed by four half-day field visits. The price to non-SWT members for all six sessions is £162. For further details see the Surrey Wildlife Trust website.
RAMBLERS SHOP OPENS The Ramblers has teamed up with Ethical Shop to create a store selling a variety of Ramblers branded goods, from baseball caps to water bottles. Visit the online shop where you can place your order. As a thank you for your support we’re offering Ramblers members a 10% discount on all orders made by 31st August 2015 – claim your discount by quoting coupon code 10AUG when you check out.
THE BIG PATHWATCH IS UNDER WAY The most ambitious ever survey of rights of way in England and Wales has started. Everyone can take part. Pick one or more grid squares, download the app, and you're ready to go. If you don't have a smartphone it's no problem as you can record the results on paper and submit them later. Visit the Big Pathwatch website for more information.
The Ramblers have produced two videos. This one provides an introduction to the project:
This video explains how the smartphone app works:
NEW IN THE MEMBERS AREA
Membership figures for July 2015
ALDERSHOT MILITARY LANDS An agreement between the MOD Defence Infrastructure Organisation and the Ramblers has been signed. It clarifies the applicability of Military Lands Byelaws to Ramblers' led walks. Walk leaders are strongly encouraged to read the agreement before plannng a walk on these lands, particularly if the intention is to meet at a military car park. It is suggested that walk leaders carry a copy with them on the walk. Both the agreement and a link to the byelaws are in the members' area under "Other Documents".
HAVE YOU WALKED THIS WINKWORTH PATH? Some ten years ago the National Trust closed the access off the Busbridge – Thorncombe Street footpath into the Arboretum and along the lower lake (now the wetlands), that joined with the still open public right of way running north – south through the arboretum. If you have walked this route in the past, please provide a witness statement to help our claim to re-establish the route as a right of way. More info...
Surrey Area Diary
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