Redbridge Ramblers

Social Events Programme

Last update: 24th October 2020

2020 AGM and Committee Members Reports

The AGM this year scheduled for Saturday 7th November at 4:30pm will now be held as a ZOOM virtual meeting due to the COVID 19 restrictions. We have decided to publish the Committee Members reports for your information prior to this meeting (see newsletter for details). Joining instructions for the meeting will be issued by Munira prior to the meeting.

ANNUAL FESTIVE LUNCH PLANS –note from Angie L.

At the moment I can’t see how we can organise our annual lunch as restaurants will only take bookings up to six people. Hopefully things will improve by next year and perhaps then it can be reviewed.
Kind regards
Angie

2021 Sidmouth - Ron W.

24-28 May 2021 Sidmouth, Royal York and Faulkner Hotel.

This holiday is currently full.

£50 DEPOSIT IS NEEDED BY END NOVEMBER 2020. Please send a cheque to Ron W. and include your name, e-mail address, phone number, and contact person phone number, and any dietary requirements.

Autumn break 2021

The Committee is also looking at an Autumn break in 2021 (Mon-Fri). We will send out further information, via Munira, when we have any.

2022 Cotswolds -Neville B

Tentative arrangements have been made for first week in July 2022 for us to visit the Cotswolds and walk the Cotswolds Ring , a ~ 60 miles circular LDW around the lovely villages and countryside just to the east of Cheltenham. An option has been taken with Holiday Fellowship (HF) to stay that week at their Harrington House in Bourton on the Water. Given the uncertainty about travel and over night accommodation at present, no further plans have been made. HF would ideally like us to confirm this tentative booking in April 2021. Watch this space !

Martin’s Special Walks for 2021

Following the cancellation due to COVID 19 of the planned Manderville Monk’s Way Walks and Roger Young’s Memorial Walk during the lockdown period earlier this year, I now plan to re-schedule both of these in 2021. Timing yet to be arranged so Watch this Space!
Regards
Martin H.

Recent events

THE BACKPACKING HOLIDAY 2020 SOMEHOW SURVIVED THE LOCKDOWN AND COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS


Pembroke Coastal Path 13th to 19th September 2020

Walkers were :- Greg / Diana / Paul / Dave / Bob / Nevis / Martin We met at Victoria Coach station to be taken to Kilgety. The coach was late but the taxi was still waiting for us and took us on a 20 minute ride to the Wiseman’s Bridge pub/B&B on the sea front.

The itinerary according to our leader was, the first 2 days Easy with a few highs. The next day was long and strenuous. The day after tough walking with lots of up and down. The last day according to the guide book “coastal scenery really goes downhill" Well well the first 2 days were strenuous and avoiding tree roots.

1st Day lunch at Tenby for long lunch. The place was very busy with people, at the third Pub we were allowed in. Arrived at Trefloyne Manor Golf Club where our bags had been delivered. This evening was a posh dine and Michael Portillo look alike attended.

2nd Day we used a lane to get back to the coastal path avoiding a busy bendy main road. Lunch was at Manorbier in the Castle Inn. Then another roots path up and down to Freshwater East but before going to the B&B we needed to revive in the Freshwater Inn. The landlord 16 years ago lived in Stevenage and would not move back.

3rd Day Grandad has a rest today. The six of us used a footpath so avoiding much of the dunes to get back onto the coastal path. With up’s and down’s and scramble to Broad Haven via Stackpole Quay for a long tea/coffee break then later a debate where to lunch. Either over looking the beach or follow the alternative route to Boshersom and visit pub for lunch stop. This alternative route took us pass Lily Pond’s which those that lost the vote were not impressed with. The pub was beside a large tea room which was handy. We ate lunch in the church grounds before visiting the pub for ½an hour. Then we followed the road the pub was on which happened to be part of the alternative route back to the coast path. When we reached the end of the road our path was blocked by the firing range Flying THE RED FLAG. Our leader had words with the bare chested gate keeper informing him that firing practise was not proposed to start until the end of September. We had to walk back up the road past the pub and church then left across fields at the edge of the firing range. It was good that the leader was wearing a white shirt.

We arrived at Merrion Camp half an hour before the taxi was due. We rested in the shadow of two Tanks.

4th Day the taxi took us back to Merrion and the day’s walk was to walk back to the B&B at Angle. One member did not walk today due to calf strain. We started walking to the sound of gun fire which continued all day except when they paused to move the target All morning was all up and down, the afternoon was flatter and the leader advised us that the next day would be similar to the afternoon’s path. We finished at 15:30 pm so three of us showered and went ¾ mile to the beach hut for a beer and one went sea paddling!!

Stack Rock

Stack Rocks, photo credit

5th Day The final day of walking. We passed oil refineries on both side of the estuary (dubbed The Taj Malhu in the mist on day 3) The path started flat then climbed, then flat then some green pastures easy going . Lunch stop was in a lane before we walked into the outskirts of Pembroke. Finished early again 3 pm, after booking in and showering we hit town till evening supper of fish and chips. Weather VERY good for 5 days but it started misty on 3rd day. Left next morning at 9:15am arrived at Victoria 17:30 Total miles walked 60 . Very well organized. ! Reported by huffing but smiling happy Redbridge walker. (aka Martin)