We are a walking and social group based in Brighton and Hove with over five hundred members. Many of our new members are in their 30's, 40's and 50's. We have two active groups which are loosely based on age:
Why not try walking with us? We don't ask you to pay to join us on your first three 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 age group (30s-50s or, if nothing is mentioned, all ages). Every walk in our programme is open to any member, provided that they have the appropriate level of fitness. If you have any specific questions, then the phone number of the leader is given in the walks programme.
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. Many of our 30s-50s 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 look at the announcements section on this site and also our 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. 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.
Most of our longer walks include a pub or café stop at lunchtime, usually averaging around 75 minutes. Table places inside are 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 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 members 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. To avoid any confusion, walkers bringing dogs must always check beforehand with the walk leader, unless a particular walk is already listed in the walks programme as being 'dog friendly'. These walks can easily be identified by checking the filter under the 'suitability' tab. All dogs should be closely controlled, kept on a lead where appropriate, and should not alarm other walkers.
GRADING OF WALKS
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.