Hello and welcome to the Ramblers' Association Portsmouth Group website.
We would like to invite you to walk regularly with us in a beautiful part of Hampshire characterised by chalk downland, historic towns and idyllic villages. Although our walks vary in difficulty and length, they are suitable for all abilities.
The Portsmouth Group offers a variety of walks mainly in Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight. On Saturdays these are moderately paced 5 to 9 mile walks whilst, on Sundays, they are faster paced 11 to 15 mile walks. The Group also has short Friday evening walks and some extra Saturday walks in more distant parts in the summer months. Most walks have a pub/cafe stop either at the end or at lunch time.
We extend a warm welcome to all new walkers, visitors and guests. Why not try us for a few weeks without any commitment. If you like what you see, then you are more than welcome to join us.
All walks are circular unless otherwise stated. Wear stout footwear and carry waterproof clothing for possible wet weather. There will be stops for coffee and lunch, so please bring a flask and food. Walkers should not eat their own food in pubs/pub gardens without permission from the landlord. Walkers are requested not to walk faster than the pace of the leader and where dogs are allowed on walks they must be kept on a lead at all times.
Our group encourages car sharing and drivers are requested to meet at Cosham Railway Station (CRS) to assist those without transport to get to the walks and where possible to share cars in order to reduce their numbers, and consequently their impact on the environment. Priority will be given to those without their own transport. If walkers require a lift please contact the leader, unless it is stated that the leader is meeting at the start of the walk and so would not be going to Cosham Railway Station. For Saturday walks when the leader is not going to Cosham Railway Station you will need to contact David Nichols on 02392529490 or 07765100863 as he might know if any drivers are going to Cosham, and be able to arrange a lift. On Sunday Group walks a Cosham meeting time is only given when the leader is definitely going to Cosham Railway Station. LIFTS CANNOT BE GUARANTEED. (car sharing information last updated May 2016)
Drivers often appreciate it when a voluntary contribution is made by passengers. As a guide 10p per mile per passenger (up to a cap of £6 per person) is considered an amount which reasonably covers the costs incurred by the driver. Don't forget many walks can be reached by Public Transport. This is indicated in the programme, with some walks being specifically aimed at public transport users. In the case of bus travel walkers with bus passes would incur no financial cost.
The Ramblers Association exists to facilitate, for the benefit of everyone, the enjoyment and discovery that walking outdoors can bring; and to promote respect for the life of the countryside. The association encourages walking; protects rights of way; defends the beauty of the countryside; and has campaigned for many years for freedom to roam over uncultivated, open country. The association is a democratic, voluntary organisation, registered as a charity (no.1093577).
If you would like to know more about our group please e-mail our Chairman David Nichols or phone him on 02392 529 490.