Who we are
The Ramblers' Association exists to facilitate, for the benefit of everyone, the enjoyment, discovery and health benefits of travelling on foot in Britain, and to promote respect for the life of the countryside. The Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Group was formed in 1991 when more London Groups were needed as a result of expanding membership in the London area. Our members, united by a love of walking, have a wide range of ages, backgrounds and other interests.
Our walks' programme
We aim to give full and accurate details of our walks so that members can choose walks to their liking and within their capabilities. We have a programme for almost every Saturday and some Sundays, some weekday walks and a weekend away most years. Weekends have been Swanage, Norwich, Ipswich, Minehead, Isle of Wight, Canterbury, Bath, Church Stretton.
We walk almost anywhere in South East England that is accessible by public transport. In summer most walks are in the country within one hour's train journey. Routes avoid roads as far as possible, using footpaths and bridleways. In winter more walks are in or near London, some with a cultural interest.
Walks vary in length, from 4 to 18 miles, but the majority are 8 to 14 miles.
We have four categories of pace which, with approximate speed over flat ground, are:
slow (less than 2.0 mph); easy (2.0-2.5 mph); brisk (2.5-3.0 mph); and fast (over 3.0 mph). Leaders choose the pace to suit the time available for the distance to be walked.
Walks are described as flat, undulating or hilly. Mud should be expected except in urban areas. Walking boots are advisable in the country.
Travel to and from the walk
Almost all walks start and end at a railway or Underground station, most on a direct line from a London terminus. Occasionally a bus is used at the start or end. Although a car can be used to reach the start of a circular walk, the majority of members use the designated train.
Meeting for a walk
The official meeting point is the railway or Underground station where the walk starts, but usually ramblers meet up at the London terminus.
Refreshments on walks
At least half our walks stop at a pub for lunch, for about one hour. If this is not possible we have a picnic, or cafe lunch if available. Short breaks for drinks are taken at other times. It is essential to carry adequate liquids.
All walk leaders are volunteers, who have given their time to survey the walk as well as lead it on the day. Each leader chooses his/her own walk, and usually surveys it with another Group member. We are always pleased to hear from people who might lead. If you would like to find out what it involves talk to any leader or the Programme Co-ordinator.