About us - Our Group
We are a Group of walkers within the Suffolk Area of The Ramblers Association. This is a charity whose aims are to encourage walking, to protect rights of way, develop walks and to defend the beauty of the countryside for the benefit of all.
The Group offers about 50 led walks every year by our members which are usually 5 - 7 miles in length and suitable for people of most levels of fitness and take place on Wednesday and Sundays mornings. Shorter evening walks are organised in the summer, starting and finishing at a local pub or café with a chance for refreshments and to socialise with other members. As well as taking the opportunity to get fit, ramblers get to see parts of the landscape they might never have thought to explore.
We are very happy for guests and non-members to join us for a few of our led walks before deciding to join the Ramblers. As a member of the RA you would be able to join any other Group across the country.
Hover the pointer over the list below, click on an item to show more information on menu contents.
Contact Us: If you encounter a problem on your walk eg broken stile, missing marker post or footpath blocked etc. please contact us. Contact Us is under Home page on the Menu. Click on the "Name" of the Officer and send an email. We will get back to you and try to sort out the problem. There is also links to advise the Ramblers Association of the problem on the "links" page.
Submit a new walk: This is an easy way to add a walk to the programme, it ensures all the essential information is provided for the walk. Just use it as a guide and contact the programme secretary.
Joining Us: The last item on the Home tab of the menu gives details about how to join and will take you to the appropriate pages on our site or the national one.
Brief History of the Ramblers
There is a seven minute DVD for more on our campaigns, old and new.
Press "Play" button in centre of image to start the DVD.
Please note that the file is very large and could take awhile to download depending on your connection speed (14Mb).
Programme: The programme can be viewed in various forms from the menu (one type gives directions from your location) and in the side modules or from the link at the start of this paragraph. The "Our Walks programme" in the drop down menu can be expanded to show the walk details in full, map for the parking area, and Google directions from your start point.
There are two side modules showing not only "Our Walks" but also the "Walks in and around our area" organised by four other local groups, be careful, they may be a bit too far from your location! In addition, there is also a map system on which they are indicated showing the various start locations.
A new module has been added that allows you to be able to download an ics file and import our walks into you iPad, smart phone or other on-line calendar. This download also allow to to "tailor" so they are only added for days or length of walk to suit your needs.
One of the side modules includes the weather for the Sudbury area but it is now possible to change the location to a different area by clicking the bottom right help options.
If you encounter any problems in printing the programme, using the on-line mapping system, please contact us and we are only too pleased to help. If you would like to fill in a gap and try your hand at leading a walk, the Group has a library of walks available and help would be forthcoming for both planning and doing the reccee's with you.
Our Programme Co-ordinator is always searching for additional walks, so please send contributions to him for inclusion into the programme. There is also a form in the menu (Walks Programme) for submission of any walks and this is sent directly to him.
Walks in our area shows a number of the favourite walk around our area and can be printed out, if you have a special one, why not share it. Talk to the web Master and he can arrange for it to be published.
Start of the Walk: There is an easy to find the grid reference/post code for the start of your walk, look at the first item on the menu | Post Code Finder and enter the start position of your walk.
Walks can be planned using the map system which shows the OS map of our area.
Click a point and then move to the next one and re-click, a line will be drawn between the two points, continue to the end point of the walk. This will show the route and mileage and the map can be printed by using Ctrl and P. There is a full comprehensive help page available. Just ask if you need help. The walk can be sent to the programme secretary using this form and confirmation of the details will be confirmed to you.
Understanding the National grid: This is a short video on YouTube explaining how it works.
There is an OS map based on Sudbury and this too can be used for planning and printing walks. At the top left hand of the map, where Ordnance Survey Map, this can be changed for different views, Roads etc.
Printed Walks: A number of Leaders like to use walks with description. Walking in England by John Harris is a web site that lists hundreds of free walks that can be printed for your use. To have access to these walks, click here.
Give it a try, help is available and we can help with planning, also see Sudbury Walks in the Menu Item for ideas or just contact us.
Please contact Rod Sharp for more information.
There is also a link to the main RA Walkfinder and is based around Sudbury, so if we do not have a planned walk, one may be planned by other Groups and available for you to join them. The RA system will also provide a detailed location map for all walks based not only around Sudbury but can be set to show anywhere in the Country.
Finally, there is a short database of past and new walks in this section already planned for you to try out.
Whilst these are intended to produce a file for use with a Sat Nav system (using a gpx format) it is possible to print using the following easy method with the button combination of "Ctrl and P"
Click on the menu above,"Photo Gallery" & see current pictures of the past/recent walks (this link takes you to the redundant Picasa site and are NOT in date order). The current "All Pictures" tab are in date order but NOT in walks albums). To view these you will need to login to your Google account.
Bring your camera to add your photos to the site. Why not just send and share your Favourite view of Suffolk. Just email them to the Web Master for inclusion.
Our list of Links gives a number of other sites you might find useful, including joining the Ramblers (including information about joining via. Tesco points system, offers at Cotswold) membership renewal.
If out on your walks and find a problem with signs, overgrowth, it can be reported with these links, Footpath problem reporting and also a link to a Suffolk Walking Site
Your chance to have your say on any concerns, feedback and the Chairman's reports, newsletters etc.
Enjoy the Walk!!