Redbridge Ramblers


Last update 27th February 2020


A general poster explaining what Redbridge Ramblers offers can be downloaded here:
a) A4 word document
b) A4 word document (no margins, may not print on all printers).
c) Original .jpg format
Please would members help publicise the group by printing the poster and arranging for it to be displayed at GP surgeries, dentists, pharmacies, shops and other local outlets.

London Mayoral Elections (FYI) - May 2020

We have received the following letter from London Ramblers asking us to be aware of the upcoming London Mayoral Elections and the need of Ramblers to become involved. The London Assembly elections on May 7, including the election of the new Mayor of London, are fast approaching, and we want to make sure that the Ramblers' voice is heard. With this aim in mind, we have had initial discussions based on which we’ve put together the manifesto asks below. What we are asking for The overarching aim of our 2020 campaign is a world class green walking network for London, and we are asking candidates to pledge to:

  • Work with the Ramblers and other stakeholders to develop a strategic plan to designate a cross-London network of green, safe and welcoming walking routes for both leisure and transport and to appoint a working group to take this forward within the first 100 days of the new administration
  • Ensure that all sections of the London Loop and Capital Ring can be walked in both directions without the need for a book or a map by 2022
  • Collect data and report annually on the numbers of people using Walk London routes – the ‘crown jewels’ of walking in London
  • Ensure Walk London routes are promoted on Legible London maps.
  • Develop a plan to gradually reallocate road space on the Transport for London Road Network to provide more space for walkers.

We have strived to make the asks concise and specific, focusing on areas in which the Mayor has powers. How you can get involved: We’re currently a very small group of volunteers from both Inner and Outer London, and we’re keen to have others join us, either in the overarching campaign, or in taking smaller actions, such as:

  • Inviting your local GLA candidates for a walk to talk about the Ramblers' election asks
  • Joining walks with the mayoral candidates
  • Emailing candidates and encouraging others to do the same
  • Writing letters highlighting the importance of walking to local press

Posting on social media; and attending hustings If you live or work in London and would like to be involved in our campaign activities around the London Assembly elections, please email stating what sort of involvement you would be interested in. We will make sure suitable training is provided, along with template letters, emails and briefings as required.

A message from Gordon Bird, Essex Area Chair. 19th March 2018

The Inspector has recently announced that the Public Inquiry into the proposed Network Rail Essex and others Level crossing reduction order will recommence in Chelmsford on Tues 25th September 2018 following its adjournment on 20th October 2017 due to Network Rail's failure to follow procedures correctly. In the meantime the Cambridgeshire Inquiry has completed whilst the Suffolk Inquiry is under way. We await the findings of these Inquiry's with interest.

For information, of the original 69 crossings scheduled for closure in Essex and other authorities 10 have been withdrawn. Of the remaining 59 Ramblers have objected to the closure of 37 (3 are conditional).

Network Rail have made it clear this particular programme is the first of many aimed at closing all level crossings (where possible) in the Anglia region and if successful in the rest of the country. There are around 6000 level crossings in the UK; closures would result in a significant disruption to, and degradation of, the UK public right of way network. In addition costs (e. g. footpath maintenance) and health and safety factors would be transferred from Network Rail to cash strapped local authorities.

To get an idea of the scale and scope of the Inquiry please go to the Inquiry website.

Gordon Bird

Essex Chair


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DAMART, famous for thermal clothing but also offering a wide range of women’s and men’s wear, has offered Redbridge members an exclusive 10% discount along with free returns.

Check the website and order using the code ‘REDBRIDGE10’

Cotswold Outdoor

Most walkers are aware that Cotswolds Outdoor give a 15% discount.

Millets Millets

give a 10% discount to RA Members.

Blacks Blacks

give a 10% discount to RA Members.

Gift Aid A reminder to taxpayers who have not already done so please complete a Gift Aid Form when renewing your subscription (Ramblers get an extra 20p for every £1 you pay, e.g. every pound is worth £1.20.