Newmarket Ramblers

Guided walks in the Newmarket area


Summer Lunch June 9th 2017


A brilliantly summer day – with only a hint of clouds. Phil led a five mile walk and had some work to do cutting back the amazing growth from the recent heavy rains.  When the walkers returned there was a lunch of bread, cheese, quiche and  salads. Peter and Steve had set up the games – bowls, boules (petanc) and croquet.  A perfect time for chatting, lazing and trying our hand at throwing balls (with or without a curve !) or hitting them with the mallets. All exhausting work - so tea and home- made cakes to finish were welcome.


Many thanks to Hilary for starting this tradition, to all who cooked, prepared and put away and to those who walked and played ! A very enjoyable English event.


Map and Compass Reading Day

An excellent day led by Peter wth great patience and fortitude as we scrutinised the maps to distinguish ROW, edges of fields, permissive paths etc. In the afternoon we tackled compasses and practised outside despite the low 12degree temperature, after the 32 degree highs of last week . Then we mapped out a walk to follow. We started confidently in the mist and rain. Peter let us get lost - easily done ! - and then to find ourselves and get back onto the route - a very good learning experience !  Many thanks to Peter for a really useful day. Who will be the first to lead a walk now ??

Late Spring Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2017.

We rarely have walks programmed for Bank Holidays, but this joint initiative by the three Parish Councils gives us the opportunity to take part in a 10 mile circular walk, starting at 10.00am from Ousden Village Hall Car Park and walking clockwise via Lidgate and Dalham, where ‘facilities’ will be available at the Village Halls. The three pubs on the route are also expected to be open for refreshment, but not early in the day. In any case, a picnic lunch is recommended, as on any other longer walk.

The route is way-marked and will be mainly on public rights of way, well known to many of us, but will also include a couple of ‘permissive’ stretches which, I understand, will remain open to walkers ‘after the day’.

Walkers will be able to go at their own pace and not, necessarily, walk en masse. Should 10 miles be outside your comfort zone, why not arrange for a car to be left, with courtesy, somewhere along the route? For the record, it is about 2 ½ miles from Ousden to Lidgate, nearly all downhill, and 6 miles to Dalham, with the final 4 miles back to Ousden, initially, being a steady ascent.  For further details please contact Phil Prigg  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    01638 751289


Dover Castle Coach Trip Sunday 24th September 2017

We are very sorry but our coach trip to Dover has now been cancelled due to lack of support.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019