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Proposed Level Crossing Closures. Network Rail proposes to close 130 level crossings in East Anglia, 109 of which are part of Rights of Way.

Network Rail argues that closures are needed for safety reasons, but we know that diverting pedestrians onto busy roads means they must face the dangers of fast traffic. For example, locally Network Rail has proposed to close the pedestrian level crossing at Foxton and force pedestrians to cross the busy A10 in order to use the alternative crossing.

Ramblers’ Association are protesting these closures and asking Network Rail to develop a coherent level crossing policy. For more information click here. To support Ramblers’ Association’s petition click here. [10/01/17]

Big Pathwatch Report. The Ramblers has released the results of the Big Pathwatch, the nation’s biggest ever footpath survey.

Citizen surveyors walked every path in almost half the total area of England and Wales recording more than 100,000 features including attractive views and interesting flora and fauna; and locked gates, barbed wire across paths and missing or misleading signs.

The results revealed that although more than half (56%) of paths are well-kept and signposted, more than a third (35%) are in need of improvement and nearly a tenth (9%) are difficult or impossible to use.

To see the report click here. [14/11/16]

Do attend our AGM which will take place on Friday 25th November, from 18:00 at the Friends’ Meeting House, Hartington Grove (Cherry Hinton Road end).

We are delighted that Lord Chris Smith has agreed to talk to us. His talk will be interesting and well informed. He

  • was Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, 1983-2005;
  • was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 1997-2001;
  • was one of the authors of the Bill that brought in the “right to roam”;
  • was President of the Ramblers’ Association, 2002-2007;
  • was Chairman of the Environment Agency, 2008-2014;
  • is Master of Pembroke College Cambridge, since October 2015;
  • has climbed all the Scottish Munros, and all the 3000ft peaks in England and Wales.

To attend it will be necessary to pre-book – details are available in the Winter Walks Programme. Or contact the Secretary at secretary@cambridgeramblers.org.uk [13/09/16]

Letter from Ramblers’ CEO. Click for September 2015 letter from Ramblers’ CEO Benedict Southworth. It includes information about volunteer development days, latest volunteer news, and participating in the Big PathWatch as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award., [24/09/15]

Queen Edith’s Way and Cherry Hinton Road consultation. Cambridgeshire County Council is conducting a survey into possible improvements to footpaths and cycleways along Cherry Hinton Road (between Hills Road and Mowbray Road) and Queen Edith’s Way.   [27/05/15]

Trumpington Meadows Country Park to open in spring. A major new country park is scheduled to be open to the public this spring. Funded through planning ‘gain’ arising from the new housing development in Trumpington, the country park runs south from the Park & Ride car park to Hauxton. It straddles the M11 and is bounded by the river Cam on its west side. Access from the north is from Byron’s Pool or Trumpington P&R. It includes new tree planting, wild flower meadows, improvements to the river Cam, picnic areas, footpaths and an off-road cycleway. The park has been developed by the Beds, Cambs & Northants Wildlife Trust who will continue to manage it – see link for details. There is a bridge over the M11, providing a new walking and cycling route from Cambridge through to Hauxton. This spine route opened to the public in 2014, although other paths will not be available until spring/summer this year. This is because construction vehicles are still building up a sound barrier of soil alongside the M11. See link for a map of the park (4.22Mb). [04/02/15]

Walking routes around Wicken Fen – new opportunities. There is a growing network of permissive paths in the ‘Wicken Fen Vision’ area – very useful when you are planning routes or just want a stroll. See the link for further details. [29/10/14]

Proposed Foot and Cycle Bridge between Abbey and Chesterton.  Consultation has now taken place. See here for more details.

Long Term Transport Strategy for Cambridgeshire. Consultation took place. See here for more details.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme – Public Consultation.  Proposals for the A14 improvement scheme were available for comment as part of a 10-week period of public statutory consultation commencing on 7 April 2014 and concluding on 15 June 2014. See here for further details. See also public consultation brochure.

Draft Local Plan 2014. This sets out Cambridge Council’s policies and proposals for future development up to 2031. Consultation has taken place between 19th July and 30th September 2013. Further information from the Council’s website at link. The “Save the Cambridge Greenbelt” Campaign has its website at link.

Advice on Ash Dieback for woodland walkers. Following concerns about the spread of ‘ash dieback’ in British trees the Ramblers is issuing advice to walkers heading for the woods this autumn. Please click here.

Walking Partnership‘The Walking Partnership’ funds Cambridge Group. The Cambridge Group of the Ramblers’ Association has been accepted as a member organisation of The Walking Partnership, supported by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays (RWH). This means that if any member makes a booking with RWH they can nominate the Cambridge Group to receive a payment towards our costs. A UK holiday earns us £10 per person booked, a short haul (Europe) holiday earns £20 and a long-haul holiday earns us £30. All you have to do is let Ramblers Worldwide Holidays know of your ‘nomination’ before you travel; you can even nominate the Cambridge Group retrospectively if you have already booked a holiday but have yet to travel.

Ramblers Worldwide Holidays gives its profits to charitable causes related to walking. We will use any funds received to publicise and promote our local walks’ programme as well as support our work on the protection and maintenance of public rights of way.

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Cotswold Outdoor: discounts for Ramblers’ members. Cotswold Outdoor offers a  discount for members of The Ramblers’ Association to 15% off the full price of items bought in their shops and from their online service; otherwise existing terms apply.

 

Volunteers wanted in Sawston! The Ramblers has taken on the responsibility of helping to organise short “Health Walks” for people referred from their GP.  We are looking for people who may be able to lead walks in and around Sawston for up to 10 people, lasting 1.5 to 2 hours and covering 3 to 4 miles, on Tuesday mornings. If you can help occasionally please contact Jill Tuffnell for more information (01223 362881 or jill.tuffnell@ntlworld.com). Offers to help once a month would be very welcome.

Walking for health. Walking for Health is England’s national network of health walk schemes, offering free short walks over easy terrain led by trained walk leaders.  See more on what Ramblers do by clicking on this link.

 

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