Kingston Ramblers

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Kingston Newsletter – November 2018


Editor: Brenda Horwill      Phone: 01932 784866                 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ramblers Membership Office Change of Telephone Number

The new membership office number is 020 3961 3232; the previous number given on the membership cards will still connect.



The instructions on supplying GDPR communications consents from the Ramblers did not make clear that the consents equally applied to all communications from Groups. Specifically, if you said NO to “Email communications” you strictly cannot be sent Email Programmes, Email Newsletters and Walk Updates by Kingston Ramblers. We have over 100 members who have told us to send email programmes who have a NO Email consent. It is essential that those of you are happy to continue to receive email communications from us amend their consents on the Ramblers membership records. You can either do this online for those with logins on  or telephone the membership office on 020 3961 3232.


Additional Walk not on last Printed Programme

Linear Walk from Byfleet and New Haw to Hampton Court. Saturday, 20 October, Start time: 10:00 Moderate 10 miles See Kingston Ramblers web site for details.


Gordon Prince Kissing Gate Dedication and Walk

The dedication ceremony of the Gordon Prince memorial kissing gate will be on Wednesday 7 November. See the walk programme section for basic details.

The kissing gate was ordered through Surrey County Council and, at time of writing, will be installed by Guildford Ramblers on Thursday 11 October; they installed our first two gates.

Details of the location are here (on the left side of web page):

The kissing gate will be on the same path as the Len Hands memorial gate, which we dedicated in February 2018. The site is a 20-minute walk from Wanborough Station. Those who want to attend just the ceremony can walk back to the station. We have had to change our plans at short notice: the original walk was to continue to The Swan at Ash Vale. However, they are closing for a fortnight for refurbishment. Instead, we will be going east.

After the ceremony, the main party will walk to the White Hart, Wood Street Village for lunch at around 12:45. It would be immensely helpful if you could pre-order your meal through Brenda Horwill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. this will give the pub an idea of numbers and reduce time waiting to be served. The pub menus are at:  Picnickers can lunch on the Green.

After lunch, we will walk to Guildford. If it rains heavily before the day, sections will be muddy so poles are recommended. Travel arrangements by car in detail:

Parking can be at Wanborough Station, GU3 2BF or in Glaziers Lane, GU3 2DF, near the eastern end of the footpath. If you want to bring someone who is less mobile, you can park your car on the wide verge near the western end of the footpath, near the entrance to Peakmead Farm, Westwood Lane, GU3 2JE (SU 9233 5067). The maps on the page previously linked are useful. Peakmead Farm is not obvious: it has high chipboard gates photographed here: The farm gate will probably be locked; there is a stile to negotiate but the walk from there to the new kissing gate takes only four minutes.

Motorists should aim to be at the new gate by 11:25 a.m. Lunch is in Wood Street Village (postcode GU3 3DZ).


Surbiton Clock Tower

SCT is now spelt out in full on the programmes


Christmas Lunch

It is planned to hold a Christmas Lunch event similar to last year. Details of the venue and booking arrangements will be announced as soon as they are finalised.


Walks Programme ~ March to June 2019

John Ayles is compiling the next Kingston programme of walks and would appreciate hearing from members and associates who will kindly offer to lead. Please look at our website and click on the tab at the top entitled Leaders Pages. The second tab down will be the Draft Programme. Full details not wanted until mid-January.


 “Walk the Line” – Watercress Line walk

Once a year, the Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society opens up the track of the Watercress Line to walkers. This runs 10 miles from Alton to Alresford via Medstead and Ropley. This year, it’s on Saturday 10 November.

“Once a year you can experience the railway from a completely different view by walking along the track bed of the ‘Watercress Line’. From track level you get to fully appreciate the gradients our locomotives and footplate crews have to tackle to haul trains along our 10-mile line and ‘over the Alps’ at its highest point in Medstead.”

They are raising funds that will be used to purchase ballast. They say: “Whilst this may not appear to be a very glamorous appeal, ballast performs several important functions – it forms the track bed to support the track, facilitates the drainage of water, holds the track in place preventing lateral movement and helps to suppress vegetation. These funds will enable our Permanent Way gangs to re-ballast a section of 1000 yards of track at Wanders Curve between Medstead & Four Marks and Ropley.”

So unusually for the Ramblers’, there will be a charge of £10 to go on this walk. Apart from funding the ballast, this covers free tea & coffee and soft drinks at each station. A vintage bus service will take us back to Alton at the end of the walk. Each of the four stations has lavatories, refreshments, and features of interest. If we have time, we will have a look around Alresford. As we may have to walk on the ballast, thick-soled shoes or boots are recommended.

The RMT/SWR dispute may affect train services that day so look at this walk online to check if this walk is cancelled or replaced.                                                                                             David Cooper


All members are invited to our Annual General Meeting

Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 6AG ~ 7:30pm on Tuesday 13 November
On the upper floor (lift available) of building next to the main Surbiton Library

Bus routes: 281, 406, 418 & K2 at the Surbiton Telephone Exchange Bus Stop
Or less than a 10-minute walk from Surbiton Station. There is car parking behind the library ~ access via Berrylands Road, along a narrow road just a short distance from its junction with Ewell Road.  It is NOT signposted.  The first small car park is private; continue on to the Library car park.


Request for more Committee Members and Helpers

We urgently need one and preferably two committee members to help with programme compiling. A competence with Excel, email and organisational ability are the prime skills required. If we have enough volunteers each would only have to compile one programme a year. The work is not onerous - only a few hours a month. You do not have to be a full committee member to help, we also need members to support the committee by assisting with Publicity and Recruitment, maintaining the web site and supporting the ‘Mailchimp’ mail system.


Request for more Walk Leaders

Kingston has over 550 members – please volunteer to lead a ramble so that no person has to lead more than four walks on a programme!


Kingston Group Holiday in 2019

Following on from the enjoyable group holiday in the New Forest, would you like to explore the area in and around Hastings in East Sussex?  The Ramblers awarded Hastings Old Town the member’s favourite urban walking area in 2018!  The format will be the same as previously; meet mid-afternoon Friday for a walk in Hastings Old Town, two walks on Saturday from Rye and Winchelsea and a walk from Norman’s Bay on Sunday. The weekend will be from 17 to 19 May 2019. Please advise Brenda Horwill This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01932 784866 if you are interested.



Occasional we have members report that they do not receive emails when we know they have been successfully sent. The filtering of emails for spam or advertisements is controlled by YOUR mail system. We do as much as we can to stop our messages looking like spam, but some receiving mail systems filter them. Messages may not arrive in your Inbox. You should check your Spam, Junk or other folders or categories – you may find ours is not the only messages you have missed. If you put our email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  your contacts or address book this may well stop messages being misidentified.


RMT/SWR dispute

Walk days where SWR may be affected are:

October: Wednesday 24 Oct, Saturday 27 Oct

November: Saturdays 3, 10, 17, and 24

Please check each walk online in the Walks Finder to see if the journey times have been changed or the walk had been replaced.

SWR posts details of each day's service about 36 hours in advance at:


Ken Wildsmith RIP

We have recently learned that Ken Wildsmith died on 18 August 2017. Ken was a regular walker with the Group and also led many walks. We hope to print a fuller appreciation in a future newsletter.


Surrey Area AGM

The AGM of the Surrey Ramblers will be held at St Joan’s Centre, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham, GU9 8DJ from 14:00 - 16:30 on Saturday 9 February 2019
Prior to the AGM, there will be two walks (more details nearer the time) and lunch.

There is a half hourly train service from Surbiton Station at 09:11 and 09:41 – arrive at Farnham station 09:55 or 10:25. St. Joan's Church is 200 yards south of the station level crossing, on Tilford Road and the centre is to the right of the church.


Diary dates

Tues 13 Nov                         Kingston Ramblers AGM

Fri 21 Dec to Sun 6 Jan      Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks

Sat 9 Feb                               Surrey Area AGM at St Joan’s Centre, Farnham


Our Internet Sites

For up to date news and changes to walks:
World Wide Web:       

Wednesday, January 16, 2019