Royal Oak, Crockham Hill
A couple of years ago it was suggested to walk leaders that they should
consider not using the Royal Oak at Crockham Hill for lunch as it was not
particularly friendly towards ramblers.
The pub has since been bought from Shepherd Neame by The Westerham
Brewery. The new owners have confirmed that .... "as Crockham Hill is home
to one of the foremost writers of walking books we hope to restore the
venue to its rightful place as a welcoming place for walkers and
The Harrow in Knockholt.
Mike H tells us that he thought
that our members would wish to know that there are new and friendly
landlords at "The Harrow" who very much welcome walkers.
The Cock , Ide Hill
We were there on a Wednesday in Nov-10 and the new people were as nice as
pie. previously we have not been made welcome.
The Padwell pub in Stone
Just dropping you a line on behalf of The Padwell pub in Stone Street
(TQ569550) to let you know that the place is now under new ownership, and
we'd very much like to welcome you in should you ever be passing through
our neck of the woods (historic trackways, glorious countryside, orchards
– we’ve got the whole rural Kent thing going on up here !)
If there's a few of you who might like to drop by, please feel free to
give us a ring (01732) 761532 in advance, and we'll make sure that we have
plenty of beer put by and prepare some suitable snacks. Don’t feel obliged
to take advantage of our menu, though, you’re more than welcome to pop in,
take a seat and eat your own food if you have any – no problem whatsoever.
We appreciate that our standard pub fare might not be ideal for walkers or
outdoor sorts looking to burn a few calories, so if you have any ideas
about suitable meals that we could make available, please let us know –
sounds corny, but we’re here to give you what you want, so don’t hesitate
to tell us what that might be.
What we'd really love is to get some dialogue going, and find out what
you'd like the pub to provide for your group in the long term - we really
want to become one of your preferred destinations or stop-off points, so
please drop us a line and we'll see what we can do to make you feel really
welcome, whether it’s a particular range of snacks or meals, boot
waterproofing wax behind the bar, spare laces, a stiff brush hose for
emergency dog cleaning or a bowl of hot water for aching feet !
I have recently been contacted by the new owner of Farleigh Golf Club,
Old Farleigh Road, Nr Selsdon, CR6 9PE. They are happy for walking groups
to use their car park and to use the Clubhouse for toilets and
refreshments. You may wish to pass this information on to those who lead
walks for your Groups as it could be a good starting point for walks. If
you do plan to use this as a starting point, I suggest you let Marc Hayton
know (01883 627711).
Discounts at Outdoor Clothing Stores
Ramblers have nationally
negotiated a 10% discount with Cotwold Outdoor. To obtain this you
need to show your Ramblers membership card. This applies to members of
all Ramblers groups.
Bromley Ramblers however have negotiated a 15% discount. To obtain this,
you need to show your Ramblers membership card showing that you are a
member of Bromley group and quote our account number which is B 2190. We
were concerned that our 15% discount may in due course be replaced by the
new Ramblers national 10% discount but apparently our extra
discount will remain.
Not to be outdone Millets,
Blacks and Trespass (there's one in the Glades in Bromley) also
given 10 % discount on production of your Membership card and so do
Rohan (Covent Garden)..
Several members have
asked about boot covers (or overboots) for use when going into pubs,
teashops, etc. We have found that we have had a good service from Jackie
Somers who makes these items herself under the name of the Houghwood
Manufacturing Company. She also makes other items such as gaiters
and waterproof nylon sacs.
Items are manufactured and dispatched as a result of a phone call and you
are trusted to send her a cheque. Jackie can be contacted on 01744 894
435 or emailed at
email@example.com. You may like to mention Bromley Ramblers when
you contact her. We offer this information as a service to members as a
result of the good service received in the past. They don't have a website so I
have included a link to their old brochure
Please note that Jackie is running down
(her stocks) with a view to retirement but she is still supplying now. She
has sent us a
Price list and a
Brief History of the
company showing what she still makes. If anyone finds out that she has finally wound her last bobbin
please tell me at
enquiries so we can remove this entry and
leave her in peace.
The Ramblers Association have
asked that all walk leaders and walk coordinators complete an online form
details are on page 18 of the current "Walk"
magazine. They wish to use this information to send all walk leaders a
"Led Walks" newsletter covering issues which are relevant to walk
leaders. You are encouraged to register with the Ramblers Association but
there is of course no compulsion to do so. In parallel with this exercise
we are compiling a register of email addresses and
telephone numbers for all Bromley Group walk leaders. It would be helpful
if walk leaders could send this information to us at
when they complete the RA online form
Volunteers for Short Sunday
Do you have a
favourite walk that you could share with fellow ramblers ? Could you
commit – perhaps just once a year – to leading a short local walk, perhaps
with a friend or with another leader ? Volunteers are urgently sought to
help with short Sunday walks; no previous experience necessary, just a
desire to “give back a little” and of course, to walk. Any assistance
that you require will be gladly given. Jean P can be contacted on
– and is looking forward to your email.
It would be very
helpful, please, if all walk leaders, when submitting walk details to
for the programme, could include a short description of the start point or
directions to the car park, for those without O/S maps. Could you also
please provide the number of miles from Bromley North Station to the start
of the walk (so that the voluntary passenger contribution can be
calculated). This will save coordinators a lot of time and ensure we get
details correct in the programme. There is a list of many of the car
parks we use, their distance and passenger contribution
should help. Many thanks.
Wall (one of our regular Wednesday walkers) has very kindly agreed to take
on the role of Footpath Officer. Many thanks Philip. His
contact details are on the inside front cover of this programme. His
role will be to protect public rights of way in the borough on behalf of
the Ramblers' Association and to liaise with Bromley Council and
landowners. A team of ward based 'wardens' are already in place to
help Philip and to ensure the footpaths of Bromley are available for
everyone. Contact Philip at
Email Address List
emails to many people who walk with Bromley Ramblers
with details of last minute changes to walks for example. It would be good to
have the email addresses of more of our members so we can contact you at
short notice, for example if a walk is snowed off. Thus we would be
grateful if you would go to the
Members Page and follow the simple instructions to add yourself to
the list. You can also remove yourself there at any time as well if you
Another AGM has been and gone. The next is 16:30 on
the 11-Nov-17 at Farnborough Village Hall. Refreshments at 16:00, possibly
even cake! There will be a walk or two for those that want one beforehand.
See programme for details.
(If you're one of those strange people that likes to read reports of
AGM's and committee meetings you are in for a treat because you can look at
them all here). Knock yourself out!
Annual Report 2010
Committee minutes 20.11.08
Committee minutes 24.02.09
Committee minutes 02.06.09
Committee minutes 14.09.09
Committee minutes 17.11.09
Committee minutes 22.02.10
Committee minutes 06.06.11
Committee minutes 21.03.12
Committee minutes 04.10.12
Annual Report 2014
Committee minutes 23.09.15
Lawrie has included a
guide on how best to use a
compass and map for you navigators as well as explaining what
'right of way' really means. It really works, especially the
"Using Map & Compass Together" part.