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The Bristol Ramblers’ Newsletter No 51, July 2009
As everyone who has ever met me knows, I walk because I enjoy it and don’t give a Falstaffian damn about my health or anyone else’s However to comply with our charitable remit we should cooperate with the latest Bristol City Council walking promotion programme. I’ve asked the organiser for a meeting to discuss possibilities. Anyone want to accompany me? Or take over the file? eaten its way through to us. “Yes,” you all say “we’ve paid our £27 and expect service.” Last year I costed on conservative accounting principles the Severnside Saunters scheme: notional cost £3,500, cash cost £0,000. On the same principles, cost out the programme you rely on £27? Really? Get your breath back and consider whether cooperation may not be a better bargain. Nothing comes of Nothing. From Little comes Less

Members seeking Thursday evening walks this year will have been disappointed. Why? No-one offered to lead any. On the next programme, members seeking Saturday morning walks will find some – often culled from the Severnside Saunters Railway scheme. Why are there no more? No-one offered to lead any. As a stark warning: on the next programme there may be no Saturday morning walks at all. Why? The coordinator has not received the support to which she is entitled and refuses to attempt making bricks without straw. The committee proposed a leaders’ course for anyone who agreed to lead in future. As I recall, one person came forward. Traditionally, RA Groups have worked on cooperative principles. Everyone does something: leads a walk, types the minutes, bakes a snake. It may be that the alkaline notion

Bristol Committee is investigating the likelihood that programmes, Boots and Area News can be distributed to members electronically to save money and paper. We are one of the largest ramblers groups in the country, the costs in posting the programme and Boot each year are considerable quite apart from the resources and time required to organise a hold a stuffing evening 4 times a year. We understand that Severnside and Brunel Groups already do this and Avon Area have no problems in sending its news and accounts by email. Before the electroluddites overwhelm us with complaints, let me make state emphatically that for the foreseeable future this would be an “opt-in” for those who want it. (Obviously a future committee will reconsider this when nearly 50% of the members have opted in). To make this exercise worthwhile, we need to know who our members are and the opters-in have to be identified so we don’t post them paper . It follows that before we can begin to put such a plan into effect, the Central Office database has to be in good order.

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But Bristol Committee includes optimists who are preparing for the future just in case it arrives fairly soon.

To gauge support, we ask anyone who would accept information electronically to email Bristol RAIT with name/s, address and if possible membership number. Note that your email address will be recorded for future use, so don’t send a “no thanks” message.
Then hold your breath and take up competitive free-style sponge-diving. Olympic Victory for Bristol Ramblers. The Boot will keep you posted about how this is progressing but the committee hope that most members will be willing to receive Bristol and Avon Area group material via email in the not too distant future.

a paddle and charming towns like New Quay and Aberaeron. The weather was fantastic, not a drop of rain except during one night, blue skies, blue sea and out of the wind warm enough for short sleeves. The only criticism is that the very beginning of the route from Cardigan to Mwnt has not yet negotiated, so after following the Teifi estuary we had to head inland along minor roads on quite a long diversion before rejoining the coast at Mwnt. We also saw much wild life including choughs, red kites, a seal, several lizards and even an adder. We almost jumped out of our skins when a missile took off from a military site on a headland and vanished into the clouds – were we attacking Ireland, we asked ourselves? It was quite tough walking, some days were more exhausting than others, but well worth the effort. The walk ended just north of Borth, so we were able to catch a train back to Bristol in Angela’s case and on to Porthmadog, in mine. I heartily recommend it to anyone who loves walking, but be sure to keep your back pack as light as possible.

Reading the article in the winter 2008 edition of ‘Walk’, about this newly opened long distance path, I decided that this was one I wanted to do and as I was due to visit Snowdonia for a few days just before Easter, it made sense to stay longer in West Wales and walk it before heading north, although this meant starting at the end of March. No-one seemed keen to venture along the West Wales coastal path backpacking at that time of year, but eventually Angela agreed to join me. Then the preparations! Not much useful information on the website that I could find, so I phoned Cardigan TIC. No leaflets available, but they could send the official guide which cost £10. I sent off my cheque and the book arrived – very glossy with many lovely photos, but also heavy. The directions were interspersed among information about history, wildlife and other interesting features and, of course, written in English and Welsh. Eventually Angela went through the book typing out directions and I highlighted the route on my OS maps. Accommodation took some time to sort out, but with the help of a brochure from Cardigan TIC and the internet, I managed to find several B & Bs, a pub and a YHA hostel at approximately 12 mile intervals, meaning that we completed the 60 mile walk in 5 days. We enjoyed some fantastic accommodation, with the youth hostel offering a choice of 3 main dishes on its reasonably priced evening menu and a room with a sea view at the Ship Inn at Tresaith. Then the travel – train to Carmarthen and then an hour and a half bus ride to Cardigan. Booked in advance with a rail card, it was less than £8 to Carmarthan. So all the way to Cardigan for under £12.! The walk itself was well worth doing, with spectacular coastal views, beautiful sandy coves where we could enjoy up their drive, walking through their farmyard, leaving gates open, and so we were told, being quite outlandish in

Sue Young (Bristol Ramblers)

SUBJECT: Footpath No. LHO30, Springfield Farm, Horton. Ref O/S Explorer Sheet 167, Thornbury, Dursley & Yate, Grid ref: E742N857 Footpath No.LHO30, ref above has proved a headache to walkers, but arguably more so to the owners of Springfield Farm. As walkers, if we go wrong, we go back, look at our map and compass if need be and usually sort it. It’s done with. But to people whose back yard is crossed by a footpath, as in this case, such incidents can become a persistent nuisance. Recently, with a companion, I became a case in point. We were pre-walking a forthcoming Ramblers walk, and arrived at Springfield Farm from the fields south of it. In the absence of way-marks or other indications of continuity, we found ourselves on the Farmers’ driveway, heading for Vinney Lane. WRONG!! We were promptly challenged by Mr. M. who pointed out there was no right of way on their drive. We had to agree after looking at the map. There followed a heated exchange as to just where the footpath did pass, referring to FP LHO30. We had noticed the FP Order posted up near the farm, so we knew it was subject to an alteration. It is obvious that over the years, the farm’s owners have had their share of misguided walkers coming up


the impositions they expected the owners Consequently, I took it upon myself to spread the word on their behalf: x That FP No. LHO30, starting from south side of Vinney Lane, proceeding south-east 261m to its junction with FPLHO31, is to be extinguished, subject to order; x That FP No. LHO31, also starting from Vinney lane, continues to provide access across Springfield Farm in a south-easterly direction to Horton; x That the metalled drive from Vinney Lane to Springfield Farm is NOT a public right of way. Happy walking, everybody!

an outline of our weeks programme as the local teenage rock band tuned up for the eveining. Sunday’s walk took us on a circular route around Whitby where we learnt about the local history of fishing and shipbuilding. Following one of the many disused railway lines we past Larpool and visited Rigg Mill, where the owner showed us the mill buildings and gardens. This mill site was recorded in the Doomsday Book. Lunch was in the village of Sneaton with both a pub and tearoom option. Monday took us to the cobbled streets of picturesque Robin’s Hood Bay where we entered a smugglers cave which led to the Pub cellars. Wainwright’s Bar records the end of the Coast to Coast walk. The coastal walk took us north along the cliff tops, past the old coastguard station complete with fog horns, back to Whitby Abbey. Tuesday an early train took us to Grosmont where we walked in the beautiful Esk Valley to the Mallyan Spout waterfall. Lunch was complete with the Pub, shop, garage and the Police Ford Anglia. We returned to Grosmont walking on the edge of the wonderful North Yorkshire Moors. Wednesday was free for sightseeing either locally or further a field to Chatsworth House. Thursday walk started in Sleights with lunch in Grosmont and finished in Goathland where the group boarded the Steam train for the return journey to Whitby. Our final day took us to the attractive Sandsends for a coastal walk via Runswick and finishing in Staithes. A glorious sunny day rewarded us with early purple heather and wild flowers in the sheltered old alum and ironstone workings along the coast. Although our hotel was very disappointing we enjoyed an excellent leader, a good walk programme and fine weather. See the holiday photographs on our website. After arranging the group holiday for the past 7 years I have decided to hand over to new blood in the hope that this type of holiday can be maintained in future years.

Malcolm Dyke
Perhaps all the landowner has to do is put up a few waymarks to make the line of the path clear (ed)

These are now on a CD and will advertised to Avon members in the Area news. Contact Neil Burlton if you would like a copy. New printers for the programme and Boot. We hope you find the print quality satisfactory. We are using a new firm of printers which has saved the Bristol hundreds of pounds per year .

Walk Bristol
Neil Burlton has had initial prints of pages for the new book “Walk Bristol”. 11 walks are included but there is still work to be done to shorten the final publication. Each walk is described with detailed maps and descriptions.

Joint walks with Brunel Group.
Nigel Andrews will be leading a 14 mile joint walk with Brunel on September 13 from Monmouth.

Redland Fair
Peter Gould, Chris Sanders, Stephen Draper and Julie Boston helped with the stall. It had been very successful with about 100 contacts. We need to attend it each year.

The AGM will be on 1 December 2009. NEIL BURLTON’S LAST GROUP TRIP FOR BRISTOL RAMBLERS Whitby Group Holiday 6 to 13 June 2009
20 walkers from Bristol, Bath, Chingford and Ithaca USA joined the Bristol Group holiday at Whitby ,on the North Yorkshire coast ,to enjoy a week of sightseeing and walking. Gerry our Ramblers Countrywide leader gave us

Neil Burlton June 2009
NB Goathland is known in Heartbeat as Aidensfield


London and Wales Ramblers Offices face spending cuts and job losses due to falls in membership and sponsership income
Ramblers has warned its staff that it will be making reduncancies as part of cost-cutting plans. The organisation has revealed that it plans to make cuts of £200,000 to its office in Wales and additional savings at its London office. Tom Franklin, chief executive of Ramblers, told Third Sector the charity was considering closing its offices in Scotland and Wales and employing a smaller number of staff who would work from home. He said it was also considering redundancies at its London head office. The proposals come as part of an overall review of the charity's structure after falls in income from legacies, sponsorship and membership. From Third Sector Online 17 June 09 (ed)


Come to a Ramblers Barn Dance!
Friday 20 November 8.00 to 11.30pm at the Civil Service Sports Centre, Filton Avenue, Bristol Food provided, buy own drinks from the bar. Send a cheque and SAE for £7.50 payable to Karen O’Sullivan at 133, Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0A. Deadline Friday 16 October. (it’s a long way off but this hall gets booked up months in advance!)

A Night Walk Saturday 8 August
The night walk arranged for 6 June had to be postponed – low cloud and rain was not going to provide the best experience! 10 people booked and if they are available for the new date please let John Wrigley know on 0117 9240125. Anyone else who wishes to join us please send £3 and SAE payable to Bristol Ramblers to John Wrigley, 14 Archfield Road, Cotham, Bristol BS6 6BE by Friday 31 July This will be an easy hill walk (one climb) starting with a meal at the Pandy Inn (optional) and finishing with a hearty outdoor breakfast.
Contributions to the BOOT please to Anna Kulisa 0117 9240125 Deadline 10 October 2009
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An opportunity to join an Urban Hedgerow survey in Bristol
BTCV will be conducting an 'Urban hedgerow survey' of the Bristol city area, using the Bristol Ramblers Association's 18 mile triangular city walk as the route for the survey. It will be conducted by volunteers and local community groups who will collect data which will document the distribution, character and special attributes of hedgerows in the area. The project aims to x x x educate local people and volunteers of the importance, beauty and need for hedges, research any historical hedges and / or hedges that may have any social or historic importance, survey local hedges and register any ancient or rare species hedgerows for protection (UK BAP priority habitat) earmark hedges that need restoration


All training will be provided (survey techniques, tree i.d. etc) Please contact Alex Forster to get involved or for more details: Alex Forster Community Project Officer (Avon) 0117 929 1624 / 07739 447995

New Editor for the Boot! Many thanks and welcome to Julie Westgarth who will be taking over from me as the Boot editor in January 2010 (ed)




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