If you think
you would like to give rambling a try you have come to the right place!
We are a friendly bunch of
pretty much equal numbers of men and women. The weekday walkers tend to be
those who don't work anymore or are on holiday. If you turn up for one of
our walks and introduce yourself to the Walk Leader you will be made very
welcome. The Kent, Surrey and Sussex countryside is beautiful and on
foot you see it from a completely different perspective. However it is
rambling not ambling and we do average about 2.5mph. That might not
sound much but at the end of longer walks with a few hills and stiles
I guarantee you will feel tired and bits of you will ache that haven't ached
before. However you will enjoy it and feel you have achieved
If you if you are new to this try
a shorter easier walk first to ease yourself into it. We don't do
anything that someone in reasonable health couldn't enjoy but It's like
anything else physical, your body has to get used to it. We have had
new walkers who have turned up to longer, strenuous walks, found it hard
going, lagged behind and had to be lead back to the start because they bit
off more than they could chew. Worse, it put them off the whole
idea and we never saw them again.
- Please arrive for the walk earlier than the start
time as we do like to start promptly. Please introduce yourself to someone
who will introduce you to the Walk Leader. Sign the walk sheet before we
start so that we know how many we start with. We do count up now and
again to make sure we haven't lost anybody. We do have a 50p
voluntary donation to support the printing of the Programme but
don't feel obliged to contribute if you don't want to. We cannot
specify a finish time for our walks but we do aim to finish the longer
ones, which include an hour for lunch (pub and/or picnic), by
- To enjoy rambling, please make sure you wear
appropriate clothing and footwear.
Man made clothes are best and cotton
jeans are not advisable as if they get wet they don't dry and are
then very cold, heavy and uncomfortable.
Trainers are fine in the summer but you will come to value boots when it
gets muddy and they do provide better ankle support. Bring plenty of
water with you particularly during the summer months (a couple of
half litre bottles is usually enough) .
Leaders may decline participants
who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit for the particular
walk, so if you have any disabilities, please contact us in advance.
- The walks listed in the Walk Programme are primarily for
Ramblersí Association members but non-members are invited to join us as
our guests for up to 3 walks. We are not too strict about this
but would expect you to join The Ramblers if you walked with us regularly.
See Contacts for more information on joining.
Important: If you do decide to join the Ramblers and want to receive the Bromley printed programme you need to designate Bromley as your group of choice on the
membership form - otherwise you may be allocated to another group depending
where you live.
In the Walk Programme a short description of each walk is provided,
together with approximate mileage and grade. The grades we use are as
A walk over fairly easy countryside
There could be occasional roughish tracks and perhaps a short
hill or two. The walk would be suitable for most occasional walkers and
the shorter walks in this grade would be ideal for reasonably fit
M : A
moderate walk over average countryside
Some hills and varied conditions underfoot, depending on the
time of year. You will need to be reasonably fit and prepared for
longer walks but they will not be too exhausting and will be within
S : A
strenuous walk for fit and experienced walkers
Ideally, you need to have completed several M-graded walks.
They will be long with steep hills and roughish terrain, covered at a
reasonably fast pace.
- We go to a lot of trouble with map references, postcodes and
descriptions to make sure you can find the often out of the way start
points where we usually meet. Car sharing is encouraged for environmental
reasons and because many of the car parks we use are small. If you
need a lift the leader may be able to help with arrangements
but your best bet is to get to a walk and ask
the walk leader to introduce you to someone who lives near you. You will probably find
someone you can carshare with.
PC in the Programme stands for
Passenger Contribution. If you share a car with someone to get
to and from the Start Point the driver might appreciate a contribution
towards the costs. It is entirely voluntary but the Programme
suggests a sum based on 10p/mile/person calculated from BNS, Bromley
North Station. This encourages drivers to fill the cars and with the AA
calculating that the cheapest car costs around 40p/mile to run, 10p is a
very reasonable. You are of course free to make your own
arrangements but we have found over the years that this formula avoids the
awkwardness over how much to contribute should you wish to do so.It
is much better than filling the driver with drink at lunchtime! If you do
the driving some of the time you will probably find it evens out.
Some people may remember that we used to meet in
Bromley North station car park to share cars for Sunday walks. However
with the growth of Sunday shopping parking thereis no longer free and and
we no longer do this.
- Sometimes walks involve rail travel and you
should check the train timetable to ensure you arrive
before the start of the walk. The National Rail enquiries number is
http://nationalrail.co.uk/ but details are usually in the
- Please note that we are happy to accept young
people under the age of 18 but they should be accompanied by a parent or
guardian. It is usually possible to cater for walkers' dogs but please
check with the walk leader before bringing one along via
Dogs must be kept on a lead in the presence of farm
animals and ground nesting birds but in the unlikely event that cattle or
horses start charging about the best advice is to
release your dog and save yourself.
Dogs are nimble enough to look after themselves, we are not.
- When using a country road with no pavement or verge, we walk in single
file on the right hand side of the road, facing the oncoming traffic.
An exception is when approaching a sharp right hand bend.
- Try to walk at the pace set by the Leader so that everyone stays
together keeping other walkers in sight, both in front and behind. Walks
are planned to be comfortable for the average walker but if you find the
pace too fast then let the leader or back marker know in good time so that
something can be done about it. We always appoint a back marker so you
won't be left behind.
- Try not to disturb farm animals by approaching then unnecessarily.
Also please remember to close all gates
- In pubs - remember to remove or cover muddy boots. Carrier bags
may not be elegant but they work. Most publicans object strongly to
walkers eating their own food anywhere on the premises so we find
somewhere nearby to do that. As a rule more people take a picnic than eat
in the pub but most have drink after eating.
- Please have consideration for
your fellow walkers and keep mobile phone usage to an absolute minimum.
- Lastly for your own and othersí safety, please follow the instructions
of the Walk Leader. Although walking is inherently one of the safest
outdoor activities, no activity is completely without risk and it is each
walkerís responsibility to behave sensibly and to minimise the potential
for accidents to occur. Be particularly careful climbing over wet stiles
which is where accidents do occur. In accordance with Ramblers Association
practice, all walkers participate at their own risk