The Colchester Group of the Ramblers' Association was established in 1965 and has grown over the years to 540 members. The Group serves the Borough of Colchester (125 square miles, population 157,000 people). Our area stretches from beautiful Dedham Vale and Constable country in the north east to the yachting and wildlife havens of Mersea Island and the Colne estuary to the south.
Our aims are:
- Enjoyment - to encourage walking and enjoy ourselves with people from as many walks of life as possible.
- Protection - to protect footpaths and other rights of way for the benefits of all walkers, and to develop new routes wherever possible.
- Preservation - to do our best to preserve wherever practicable the beauty of the countryside for the enjoyment of walkers.
- Access - to play our part in the campaign for freedom to roam over uncultivated open country.
We have an active programme comprising regular mid week and Sunday walks, ranging in length from five to fifteen miles. There are also occasional Saturday and evening walks. We walk mainly in North Essex and South Suffolk enjoying varying countryside from flat plains to rolling wooded hills and beautiful river valleys and estuaries. We are fortunate that Dedham Vale and Constable country (An Area of Outstanding natural Beauty) is on our doorstep. We are also close enough to the coast to stage the occasional estuarine and sea wall ramble. The programme also includes coach rambles, social events and weekend trips to Yorkshire, Derbyshire and other National Parks.
We are keen to support the development of new walk leaders and walkers in general. This support is by encouragement and one to one tuition and through organised map and compass skills courses. It is important to keep the fresh blood flowing and the spirit of the Ramblers' Association alive.