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Kingston Newsletter - July 2017


Programme 161 Updates

Sat 26 Aug

Additional ramble from Carshalton High Street to Kingston or Berrylands. See

Mon 28 Aug

Linear Walk from Ash to Brookwood. Change of train times. Now 10:29 from Surbiton (not 10:11) change Guildford (not Woking) for 11:09. Start time 11:18 (was 11:10)

Sun 03 Sep

Round Walk from Sidney Wood. Error in Start Time in Programme - should read: Meet 09.00 Surbiton Clock Tower to share cars to start 10:00 at Sidney Wood car park, 1 mile west of the A281 on a lane that links Alfold Crossways to Dunsfold

Thu 21 Sep

John Hauxwell Memorial Gate dedication. Details to follow

South West Trains 5th-28th August

A major upgrade to Waterloo Station is to take place between 5th and 28th August  2017 which means:

·         A general reduction of one third in services

·         No trains will run on the Chessington line and to Norbiton. 

·         No trains will stop at Earlsfield during the morning and evening rush hours

·         The Kingston service will be via Richmond only. There will be no trains from Kingston via Wimbledon

·         Train times may change even to the amended timetable.

The only significant changes identified so far to the times published in the July - October programme are included in the updates above.

Do not rely on the printed programme and the times above as further changes may come during August. Please check the Kingston Ramblers and National Rail web sites before travelling. Paper timetables detailing the changes are now available at all stations.


Memorial Kissing Gates

The dedication of the John Hauxwell gate will be on Thursday 21 September.  Details of the event will be published later.

The Len Hands gate is expected to be installed in September and a dedication event will then be organised. 


Committee Members and Leaders

We welcome Caroline Cunliffe to the committee and would like at least one additional new member. Please consider assisting in the running of Kingston Ramblers. 

Caroline will compile the November 2017 to February 2018 programme and will contact leaders for their walk details shortly. We still need more leaders and ask all members and associates to consider leading. Caroline's email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   New leaders can be supported by experienced leaders and can attend a free training day run by Surrey Area of the  Ramblers - the next session is on Saturday 19th August Click here for details.  If you need a companion to help you walk out a route, we have a pool of volunteers.  Contact Dave Cooper on 07770 995 369.


Reminder re Sunday Car Rambles

Sunday rambles usually involve meeting at Surbiton Clock Tower to share cars to the starting point. There have been occasions when no cars have turned up and left walkers stranded. Drivers are asked to go first to the meeting point, unless it is a long way off their routes. Normally there will be car seats for all, but this cannot of course be guaranteed


Report on Thursday Walks

You will recall that the Committee thought that, as Kingston was the second-largest group in Surrey, there was scope for us to provide more than our previous three walks per week.
Secondly, we thought that, rather than obliging leaders to commit themselves to a date up to six months ahead, we would enable leaders to lead walks at short notice.
We decided upon Thursday as the new day and to start a trial in the current programme that began on 1 July. How have we got on? At the time of writing, we have had three Thursday walks.
The first, an evening walk around Bushy Park led by Brenda and David, attracted ten walkers and finished with a drink in a pub garden.
On 13 July, we were back in Bushy Park on one of Bob’s ‘ambles’. Bob will typically be leading an amble on the first Thursday of every month. One aim of the ambles is to cater for members who might find even a 5-mile walk rather demanding but want to continue walking for pleasure. The distance will be around 5 miles but there will be a rest break somewhere in the middle. Previously, we have done little for this kind of member so consequently we saw less and less of them until they fell out of touch altogether.
Bob’s amble attracted 19 walkers and it was heartening to see some old faces again. The morning break was at the Pheasantry Cafe (pleasant but not cheap). After visiting the restored Water Gardens, lunch was a picnic there or at cafes nearby in the High Street, Hampton Hill. In the spirit of the amble, some left at this stage. After lunch, we walked largely around the park perimeter to Teddington Gate, where most of us caught the bus to Kingston.
The third walk was Colin Brick’s walk from the source of the Hogsmill to its confluence with the Thames. This attracted 14 walkers with Bob making an appearance at Ewell West station to send us on our way. Colin’s habit of pausing to update his notes, using his left thigh as a writing desk, meant that he was often leading from the rear. Fortunately, walking downstream along a river bank presents fewer navigational challenges than most walks so the vanguard never strayed too far off course and the group paused to consolidate itself at various points.
As we were walking through essentially urban areas with fair public transport, the walk took on some of characteristics of an amble à la carte, with people opting out at suitable points. Lunch was at The Berrylands Hotel and we continued to the Thames.
On the evidence of these three walks, Thursdays are a success. Numbers are lower than the established Wednesday walks but that’s only to be expected. Sunny weather and the novelty value may have helped numbers, of course, so the Committee will be monitoring progress.
Having discussed ambles, we emphasise that Thursdays are not for short walks exclusively. Any walk that you might lead on a Wednesday (that is, by off peak public transport) is suitable for a Thursday walk.
Paradoxically, although Thursday walks were aimed at giving leaders the flexibility of short notice, many Thursdays were booked ahead and are in the printed programme. At the time of writing, available days are 17 August, 14 & 28 September, and 12 & 26 October. So, if the spirit moves you, please lead a walk!
Thursday 21 September is set for the inauguration of the John Hauxwell kissing gate; see above.
When vacant Thursdays are filled by leaders, we will post walks on the Walks Finder and send emails. There are a handful of regular walkers who have infrequent or no internet access. If you see one of these on a walk, be sure to update them.

by David Cooper


Diary Dates

Sat 19 Aug

Surrey Area Walk Leader’s Course

Tue  5 Sep

Kingston Ramblers Committee Meeting

Thu 21 Sep

John Hauxwell Gate Dedication

Sat 14 Oct

Surrey Area Council

Tue 14 Nov

Kingston Ramblers Annual General Meeting

Sat 23 Dec

To Sun 7 Jan 2018 – Festival of Winter Walks

Sat 6 Jan

Surrey Area Council

Sat 10 Feb

Surrey Area Annual General Meeting

Our Internet Sites

For up to date news and changes to walks (particularly during the August Train disruption).
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Sunday, February 25, 2018