Colchester Ramblers

Colchester Ramblers Event Diary

18 Nov
Ramblers AGM

Colchester Ramblers AGM will be held on Sunday 18th November at the Nottage, Wivenhoe. It will be proceeded by a short walk led by Margaret Smith.

Tea and Coffee will be available after the walk and before the AGM starts at circa. 12 noon..

All members are invited to attend. Your views matter.

Further information will be available closer to the date.

2 Dec
12 Dec

.  Ruth has kindly agreed to organise the same arrangements as last year,  The White Hart, West Bergholt.

19 Dec
19 Dec

Derek Keeble's Very Short Walks

In addition to the regular Wednesday and Sunday walks in our Walks Programme, Derek Keeble leads a number of very short walks on different days of the week. These are suitable for those who may not be able to complete even one of our regular short walks of 5 miles. If you want more details (eg when, where, length of walk etc), please contact Derek.

Essex Festival of Walks 2018

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Map Reading and Navigation Course

Map Reading and Navigation Course

This year a shortened one day course is being offered to members of Colchester Ramblers who wish to develop their map reading and navigation skills.

The course will focus on using and understanding a 1:2500 map and how it relates to the landscape whilst undertaking an interesting walk in open countryside.  The course does not cover the detailed use of a compass, route planning or walk leadership.  A set of useful notes on maps, route planning etc  will be provided to complement the practical work.

The course will run from 10:00 to 16:00 and will take place in the countryside around Polsted, Suffolk.

The dates on offer are.

Saturday   5 May or

Thursday  24 May

Other dates may be available, please let me have your details and preferences so that you can be contacted

If you are interested in participating please email John Watts with the following information:-

  1. Your name
  2. Contact phone number
  3. First and second choice dates for the course
  4. Your thoughts on what you would like to learn

Copies of maps for the course will be provided.

John Watts

Course Leader

Latest News

A message from Gordon Bird, Essex Area Chair

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 web site at

Gordon Bird

Essex Chair

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Thursday, July 19, 2018