Meet the committee

Please feel free to contact members of the committee with any queries you may have.
Please remember that all staff are volunteers that give up some of their free time to help run the group, so there may be a delay in responding to queries, but we will try to be as helpful as we can.


Ben Brown

Membership Enquiries

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Rob Johns

Chair

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Michelle Robinson

Secretary

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Ruth Wood

Programme Coordinator

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George Holmes

Treasurer

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Christine Cawkwell

Socials Secretary

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Ben Brown

Webmaster

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Will Nash

Digital Marketing Secretary

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Company Information

The Ramblers' Association is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales.

Company registration no. 4458492.

Registered charity, England & Wales no. 1093577, Scotland no. SC039799.

Registered office:

2nd Floor
Camelford House
87-90 Albert Embankment
London
SE1 7TW

 

FAQs

What should I bring on a walk?

Have a look at our Safety Checklist for what clothing and equipment you should bring - a waterproof coat and sturdy walking boots/shoes are essential. You should also bring a packed lunch and plenty of drinking water.

It is also advisable to bring a set of spare clothes/footwear in case you get very muddy or wet and need to get changed at the end of the walk - these can be left in the car.

Most walks end with a relaxing drink in a nearby pub so you might like to bring some money with you!

How long and hard are walks?

It varies. The shortest walks are 5-7 miles on fairly easy terrain and only take 2-3 hours. Longer walks are 10-16 miles in hilly terrain and take all day. It is important that you contact the walk leader first if you are unaware of a walk's distance or difficulty level or are unsure of your ability to complete a walk.

Do I have to pay to come on a walk?

There is no charge to come on a walk other than your annual Rambler's membership fee when you first join.

Who leads walks?

Walk leaders are just general group members who have planned a route and want to lead a walk. They are not professionals and any member is free to lead a walk.

How do I find out about walks?

Once you have joined the group you will be added to our mailing list and be able to send and receive e-mails to and from the rest of the group. You will also be able to access the members area of the website which has a calendar of events and walk leaders' details.

Do you allow dogs on a walk?

Dogs are only allowed on a walk at the discretion of the walk leader: it is rare for people to bring a dog on walks. Some walks are simply not suitable for dogs so you should contact the walk leader before bringing a dog on any walk. We do not allow dogs at all on any walk that crosses farmland where there is livestock. It is up to the owner to keep the dog under control at all times.

If you still insist on bringing your dog and have confirmed that it is OK to do so with the walk leader please follow the rules below.


The Countryside Code

Keep dogs under close control

The countryside is a great place to exercise dogs, but it’s every owner’s duty to make sure their dog is not a danger or nuisance to farm animals, wildlife or other people.

    * By law, you must control your dog so that it does not disturb or scare farm animals or wildlife. You must keep your dog on a short lead on most areas of open country and common land between 1 March and 31 July, and at all times near farm animals.
    * You do not have to put your dog on a lead on public paths, as long as it is under close control. But as a general rule, keep your dog on a lead if you cannot rely on its obedience. By law, farmers are entitled to destroy a dog that injures or worries their animals.
    * If a farm animal chases you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead - don’t risk getting hurt by trying to protect it.
    * Take particular care that your dog doesn’t scare sheep and lambs or wander where it might disturb birds that nest on the ground and other wildlife - eggs and young will soon die without protection from their parents.
    * Everyone knows how unpleasant dog mess is and how it can cause infections, so always clean up after your dog and get rid of the mess responsibly. Also, make sure your dog is wormed regularly.
    * At certain times, dogs may not be allowed on some areas of open land or may need to be kept on a lead. Please follow any signs.

You can also find out more about these rules:
http://www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk,
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Tel 0845 100 3298.

How do I get to the start of walks?

Members are responsible for transporting themselves to the start of walks. This usually means driving although some walks can be accessed by public transport. Members without cars often e-mail the group to request a lift and car sharing is encouraged. There is no group hired bus as with some other walking groups.

Can I come on a trial walk before joining?

You are welcome to join us for 2 walks while you decide if you want to join. See How to join for more information.

What is the age range of members?

Northumbrian Walking Group is for people who are young (or young at heart!) who like walking or would like to get into it. Our activities are targeted at people in the 20's - 30's age group but some members are in their 40's and 50's and we do not exclude anyone on the grounds of their age.

 

Putting on an event

All members are encouraged to lead walks, or put social events or weekends on the calendar. You don't have to be on the committee, or have to have been in the group for a certain time. However, you will need authorisation to access the web calendar, so if you do not see the + icon in the corner of a date square, please email the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have you name added to the list of authorised users.

When you create your event, you need to select which category it will be in: walks show up on the front page of the website for anyone to see, whilst socials and weekends are only visible to group members.

Remember that it is also a very good idea to email the group as well, to alert them to your event, but with walks, please wait until it has been approved by the programme coordinators, to check it meets group guidelines and doesn't clash with another event.

Walks and Socials

Walks

Walks take place on Sundays, starting between 10am and 11am, depending on time of year. The grades of walks cover most ability levels, from easy five mile walks lasting around two hours to harder fifteen mile hikes.

Weekends 

We also organise a number of weekend aways with more strenuous walks to the Lake District, the Highlands and North Yorkshire.

Socials 

Organised on an informal basis are a variety of social events, meals, cinema trips, days out, and pub nights.

All walks and events are organised by members themselves who are unpaid volunteers.

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