Norfolk Ramblers AGM – A successful and enjoyable day!

It was our annual AGM this week and we were delighted that it was well-attended. It was held in Acle and Great Yarmouth group did an excellent job at leading an interesting walk and ensuring that an extensive range of cakes were provided!

The pre-AGM walk went around the Norfolk Broads and was only partly muddy!

Richard May, the Chairman of Norfolk Area Ramblers, opens up the meeting. Ken Hawkins, our secretary, is on the left and Peter James, our treasurer, is on the right.

Richard presented Ian Mitchell, our Vice-Chairman, with a certificate marking his extensive work to protect the footpaths of Norfolk. He has worked tirelessly, and has a knowledge which is unparalleled in the county, to help the Ramblers and his honour is very well deserved. He now goes on to a national award at General Council in Southampton in early April 2017, and our fingers are firmly crossed.

The wonderful range of cakes provided at the end of the AGM. Walking is important to the Ramblers, but so is food ¬† ūüôā

Des Garrahan, the national chairman of the Ramblers, gave a talk about the future of the organisation and how volunteers were helping to achieve our aims. He also gave further information about the 2026 deadline of when paths have to be recorded on the Definitive Map to ensure that they are protected.

Lloyd, the beautiful Guide Dog!

Graham, with his guide dog Lloyd, is partially sighted but was able to complete our pre-AGM walk with assistance, showing  that this no barrier to walking with the Ramblers! Helen Sismore came from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, and gave a fascinating talk on how we could welcome those with sight difficulties and ensure they can take part in walks. There will be a future blog post about this!

Julian White, the External Communications Officer, said:

“This was a lively and interesting AGM where there were discussions covering several areas, particularly regarding the 2026 deadline. It was great to have Des present so that we could ask questions and so that our members could hear more about what is planned. Helen also gave encouragement and ideas on how we could welcome more blind and partially sighted people to our walks. And thanks to Great Yarmouth group for the cakes!”


Group Profiles : South Norfolk Group

This is the latest post in the series about the various groups within Norfolk Area Ramblers.

Seventh in the series is South Norfolk group.

Our group runs walks on some Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Thursday walks are for half a day and dog walkers are especially welcome on these. Most of our walks are circular but a few involve public transport enabling us to do linear walks. We are a friendly group and welcome walkers of all abilities ‚Äď just ring the leader if you want to know more about what to expect, what to wear etc. Any walk over 7 miles will have a stop for refreshment ‚Äď bring a packed lunch unless the walk says there is a pub stop.

We also try to keep an eye on the local paths and have financed some improvements such as a new footbridge at Topcroft and some new bridges as Bracon Ash.

In the future we hope to host the occasional weekend away in, for example, the Peak District or close to home in Suffolk

Norfolk Ramblers’ AGM Takes Place on Saturday 25 February

Our Annual General Meeting for Norfolk Ramblers will take place at 2pm on Saturday 25 February 2017 at Acle War Memorial Recreation Centre, Bridewell Lane, Acle, NR13 3RA; 01493 752043: OS Explorer OL40, grid reference 401107.

Come and hear what The Ramblers in Norfolk has been doing for the last year, and help to shape what we do in future.  Help choose our new officers Рall members have a vote.  And to get you in the mood, there is a short walk leaving at 1100 from the Centre: walkers should bring a packed lunch.  Teas/coffees will be available from 12 noon prior to the meeting and after the meeting.

Everyone is very welcome to attend.

Legstretchers are Back from this weekend!


Legstretchers, the long distance walking group within Norfolk Ramblers, has been restarted and the first walk will take place this weekend, on Sunday 5 February.

Everyone is very welcome at the walk which will take place near North Walsham, and which is 18 miles long. In future, the Legstretchers walks will take place on the first Sunday of every month and will be advertised in the area programme, on Meetup, Facebook, the area web-site and also on the group’s new web-site at

Julian White, the area publicity officer, is leading the walk and said:

“It’s great to have Legstretchers back in Norfolk, offering a longer distance option to those walkers who fancy the challenge! I’ve been delighted with the number of walk leaders who have come forwards, so I’m very optimistic that the group will have a successful future”.

Further information about the walk is available at:

Legstretchers : 5 February 2017 – 18 mile Inaugural Walk nr North Walsham

Sunday, Feb 5, 2017, 9:30 AM

Pigney’s Car Park
Hall Lane North Walsham, GB

13 Walkers Attending

Lots of advance warning for this one!Legstretchers is a long distance walking group which has been re-established by Norfolk Area Ramblers after a gap of several years.¬†There will be a walk, of around 18 miles, held on the first Sunday of every month from February 2017. The first few walks, by chance, are around North Norfolk, but future walks wil…

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We will report back with photos after the event!

Ramblers Roadshow – Free Event for Members in January 2017!

The national Ramblers team have been organising roadshow events for members over recent months, and these have been well received. They’re a great way to meet people and they’re entirely free of charge.

The nearest event to Norfolk will be held at Essex County Cricket Club in Chelmsford on 28 January 2017. There are a choice of workshops, which are entertaining and informal, including first aid, basic navigation, walk leading, retaining members and running walks.

The day is designed for those who lead walks, want to lead walks, or just want to learn more about the Ramblers. There’s further information at¬†the national Ramblers site¬†and¬†the free tickets can be reserved here.

There’s a possibility that we can arrange a free lift or arrange transportation expenses for members, please e-mail Richard May for further details about this, or with any other questions about the day.

Group Profiles : Norwich Group

This is the latest post in the series about the various groups within Norfolk Area Ramblers.

Sixth in the series is the Norwich group.

The Norwich group are one of the larger groups in Norfolk Area Ramblers. They walk on most Sundays and two Wednesdays each month. They typically walk 10 or 12 miles at a time and normally have between 20 and 30 people on a walk.

There are also numerous trips away planned, and members can take part in the trips to the Peak District, the Lake District, the Lincolnshire Wolds and Yorkshire which are all taking place in 2017.

New members are very welcome to attend a walk and further information can be obtained by e-mailing Peter James or by calling him on 07905 565740. Details of the walks can be found at

Further information can be found about the group at

Group Profiles : Mid Norfolk Group

This is the latest post in the series about the various groups within Norfolk Area Ramblers.

Fifth in the series is Mid Norfolk group.

The Mid Norfolk Ramblers are a friendly group of lovers of the outdoors who get together on Sundays to walk in our local area. This could mean walking along the coast or walking inland on pathways or tracks. Usually the walks range between 5 and 12 miles in length and our pace is fairly relaxed. Be prepared for uneven ground, mud and puddles.

Most of the group’s walks are circular although they may do the occasional linear walk with a local bus out or back. This will be advised in the programme.

The group are always looking for anyone prepared to lead a walk and our walks secretary, Sue Day, would love to hear from you!

Anyone is welcome to join the group’s walks and if you have any queries please do contact us. The list of walks are available at and, as with every group, also appear in the walking programme sent to members every four months.

Group Profiles : Wensum Group

This is the latest post in the series about the various groups within Norfolk Area Ramblers.

Fourth in the series is Wensum group.

Why not take up leisurely walking for social and/or health reasons by joining a group of friendly ramblers? It is an opportunity to meet new people and visit different places.

Every Thursday morning the Wensum Group meets somewhere in or around the eastern half of Norfolk for a circular walk of 5 – 6 miles setting out at 10.30am and returning by lunchtime. Rambles are extremely varied. They walk through interesting villages, down leafy lanes, call into churches, visit historic buildings or sites, follow a river or an old railway track, and enjoy the Norfolk countryside.

Once a month between March and October the Wensum Group travels further afield by coach with the opportunity to follow a linear walk of between 8 and 9 miles including a lunch stop. Also once a month there is a Sunday afternoon walk of 4 – 6 miles. And in the summer months there are walks of around 4 miles on Monday evenings. There are occasional social events too.

Why not give the group a try? First, obtain a programme of walks (available at the link below), then just turn up in good time, suitably attired, and introduce yourself to the walk leader. Join the group three or four times then, if you are interested, join the Ramblers.

For further details about the Wensum Group, contact Tony on 01603 423085. The group’s walks can be seen at the Norfolk web-site at

Group Profiles : King’s Lynn Group

This is the latest post in the series about the various groups within Norfolk Area Ramblers.

Third¬†in the series is King’s Lynn group.

King’s Lynn Ramblers are the largest walking group in West Norfolk offering over 200 walks a year. We offer a mix of brisk, long, short and leisurely, dog-friendly (check with walk leader for guidance), family-friendly, easy walking, breakfast walks and in the summer there are also evening  walks. Something to suit everybody!

Walking is a great way to get outside, make new friends and discover how walking boosts your health and happiness. Everyone is very welcome to try walking with the group, opening up a whole new world of friendship and exploration.

Further information about the group can be found at and they have a photo gallery at

Group Profiles : Legstretchers

This is the latest post in the series about the various groups within Norfolk Area Ramblers.

Second in the series is Legstretchers.

This group is being newly re-established in 2017 having previously been popular as the county’s long-distance walking group within the Ramblers. The first walk will take place on 5 February 2017 and then every month from then on.

The walks are traditionally around 18 miles in length, sometimes a little more. The walks are at a relatively fast pace to ensure that the group gets around the entire distance in a reasonable period of time, but they’re never hurried or rushed.

Many walkers are interested in walking long distances but are concerned that they can’t keep up. The best way to measure this is to try a walk of around ten to twelve miles and check that you feel comfortable with that distance. Then you’re ready to give a longer distance a try!

The contact whilst the group is established is Julian White and the walks take place on the first Sunday of every month. ¬†Contact us if you’re interested in leading or walking on one of our walks.