We are a walking and social group based in Brighton and Hove with over five hundred members. We have two active sub-groups which are loosely based on which days walks take place:
- Sundays - mainly walkers who work during the week and so like to walk at weekends
- Weekdays - many members are retired or not working and prefer to walk during the week
Why not try walking with us? We don't ask you to pay to join us on your first three sample walks. Afterwards, in order to continue walking with our group, you must become a paid-up member of the Ramblers. Click here to apply. The cost is very reasonable and it also includes other benefits. Please then bring your membership card with you on our walks.
There are usually between ten and forty people on a walk. Various styles and types of walks are offered. Full details are in our walks programme (click on the title of any walk, highlighted in red, for additional information). The walks programme also shows the target audience (Sundays or, if nothing is mentioned, more likely during the week). Every walk in our programme is open to any member, provided that they have the appropriate level of fitness and suitable clothing.
We usually meet centrally in Brighton, often at the south end of Preston Park, near to the Rose Garden (click here for map), or at the east side of Preston Park Station (click here for map) and share cars from there to the starting point of the walk. If you have a car we ask you to bring it. If you do not have your own transport then lifts may be available from other car owning members of the group, although this cannot be guaranteed and is on a first come first served basis. Travel expenses are divided equally between the driver and the passengers, with the rate currently being 30p per mile.
For the Sunday and Wednesday evening walks arrangements can be different, it is recommended you visit our Meetup site for more details.
Many of our walks are accessible by bus or train from Brighton and do not require the use of cars. All walks with a public transport option can be found by going to our walks programme and checking the 'no car needed' box under the 'suitability' tab. Click on the title of the walk for precise information regarding the meeting and starting points.
Before setting out on your journey, you should always check the online programme to see if there are any last minute changes to a particular walk. Some leaders ask you to contact them in advance if you are planning to join the walk at starting point instead of the meeting point. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are on time and ready for the start of the walk. Remember that postcodes are not always accurate, especially in rural areas and problems can be encountered when using sat-nav technology to guide you to the start point. It is therefore important to check the starting location indicated on the map, as well as noting any specific directions given in the walks programme.
As for what equipment to bring: suitable footwear, such as walking boots or walking shoes, something to keep you dry if it rains and something to keep you warm when it is cold. Water to keep you hydrated.
Most of our longer walks include a pub or café stop at lunchtime and table places inside may be limited, although it may be possible to make a reservation in advance via the walk leader. Such requests should only be made if you are absolutely certain of attending.
Otherwise, we always recommend bringing a packed lunch as an alternative. Some walks are picnic only and this is stated in the walk description. It is important that walkers do not to consume their own picnic lunches in pub gardens unless the landlord has granted permission.
With the exception of Registered Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs), dogs will only be welcome on walks with the express permission of the individual walk leader, whose decision is final.
GRADING OF WALKS
- ‘E’ EASY WALKS for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty or a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Usually flat walks of not more than 5 miles.
- ‘L’ LEISURELY WALKS for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include un-surfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended. May include a few short ascents and descents.
- ‘M’ MODERATE WALKS for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country or could be more than 9 miles in length. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
The Brighton and Hove Group of The Ramblers and its leaders accept no responsibility for any claims arising from the activities of the group. All walk leaders must be fully paid-up members of the Association. All sporting and leisure activities have inherent hazards associated with them and rambling is no exception. In spite of the safety of members being the paramount concern, accidents will occasionally occur. It is important, therefore, that when entering into the activity, each member appreciates that they have a responsibility to identify the hazards and take all reasonable steps to eliminate or minimise the potential for an accident to arise.