Another year brings a new full programme providing opportunities for all to walk with the City of Birmingham Group of the Ramblers’ Association. Our "entry level" walks are known as "Walks for the Public" and are offered every month on Saturdays using public transport, and 4 times a year on Wednesday evenings in the summer. Non-members of the Ramblers are particularly welcome as it is hoped that they will come to love the health giving activity of walking in the countryside, and may even be persuaded to become members in due course.
Our fortnightly Wednesday walks programme offers "Car rambles". These walks, of about 8 miles, invariably involve an organised (but optional) pub lunch.
Our main programme offers walks at 3 levels on Sundays using a coach from Colmore Row, so avoiding the need to use a car. A coach also means that linear walks are possible, and that we can visit areas of the country up to 90 miles from the City, from South Wales to the Peak District, from Shropshire to Northamptonshire. This means that we can complete established long distance paths over several months. During this programme, after completing the "Arden Way", we begin the "Derwent Valley Heritage Trail" and the "Shropshire Way", both of which have been proposed by members after suggestions for paths were invited.
We always enjoy the Easter bank holiday weekend away as a group, staying in B&B or youth hostel accommodation. This year we're off to Wells-next-the-Sea, where Group members volunteer to lead the usual 3 levels of walk each day.
Our annual dinner is planned this year for Friday March 6th, always a highlight of the social programme. At the time of writing, we do not have a social secretary to take over the excellent work done for many years by Derek Garfield, who retired from the Committee at the last AGM. If anyone would like to take on that role, please let any Committee member know. There is no need to be an active walker.
Our volunteer leaders are the lifeblood of the Group, and we emphasise again how appreciative we are of their continuing support. However, as always, we are looking to add new names to the list of leaders. So if you would like to have a go, talk to the Committee, or even better, to existing or comparatively new leaders who will tell you what a rewarding experience it can be.
Your Committee does all it can to make the programme a success, but if you have any comments or suggestions, please let any Committee member know. Contact details are listed at the front of the printed programme and you can also use the Enquiry page.
Roger Gibbs (Walks Programme Co-ordinator)
This page was up to date on 01/04/2017.