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Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and West Middlesex Area

Annual General Meeting

I am pleased to say I have managed to secure a booking for the AGM at Chalfont St. Peter Community Centre. If any groups still have time to insert details before printing your programmes and/or newsletters I should be most grateful and would ask that this email should be forwarded to programme organisers and/or newsletter editors.

Venue: Chalfont St. Peter Community Centre, Mary Smithells Room. Access is from Gravel Hill (the A413 towards Amersham), post code SL9 9QX, grid ref SU999912, time of meeting 1.45pm (Saturday 10th January 2015).

Chalfont St.Peter is served by the 730 bus service (hourly on a Saturday: Hemel Hempstead to Uxbridge via Amersham).

We have permission to use their car park for the morning walk, starting at 10am. Leader and length not yet settled, but probably about 6 miles. We have the use of the room from 1pm, so that those staying after the walk can eat sandwiches in there if required.

John Esslemont

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 05:56

East West Rail

We are engaging with Network Rail over their plans to reinstate the disused railway lines from Bicester to Bletchley (with a new station at Winslow) and from Calvert towards Aylesbury, eventually providing rail services between Oxford and Cambridge via Milton Keynes with a branch to Princes Risborough via Aylesbury. In line with Network Rail policy, particularly as trains will run at around 100mph, at-grade crossings, whether for vehicular, pedestrian or private use, are to be removed.

In the current phase of the project Buckinghamshire paths will be most affected, along with some crossings in Oxfordshire. Those between Bletchley and Bedford are also likely to face changes in the longer term, though not as part of the current phase.

At the end of April 2014 representatives of Ramblers' Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Areas had a preliminary meeting with Network Rail, at which we were assured that no path closures were planned, though some diversions would be necessary. We were promised detailed proposals for each path affected, prior to further discussion meetings before formal path diversion procedures begin.

The first such meeting, to which representatives of other stakeholders in addition to Ramblers were invited, took place at the beginning of July 2014, with a programme of further meetings continuing until December and a parallel series of public meetings open to anybody interested.

For many of the crossings, bridges or underpasses are planned at or close to the current routes of the paths affected. Such proposed diversions as we have seen details of at the time of writing appear acceptable, but we shall continue to monitor proposals and comment when necessary.

John Esselmont


The Ramblers

The Ramblers is Britain's walking charity, working to safeguard the footpaths, the countryside and other places we go walking, and to encourage more people to take up walking. With 108,000 members in England, Scotland and Wales, we've been working for walkers for 76 years.

Our Area

The Area supports the activities of ten groups, listed on the left hand side or this page, operating in Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and the London Boroughs of Hillingdon, Harrow, Brent, Ealing and Hounslow. Each group offers a full programme of walks and other activities.

The Area monitors developments affecting the enjoyment of walking within our territory. In particular we monitor the state of our paths and seek to get any problems put right. Southern Buckinghamshire includes a major part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while the northern part of the county and, indeed, our London Boroughs and Milton Keynes also include attractive countryside, making our Area a great one for walking.

We also do what we can to fight, or seek to reduce the impact on walkers, of developments which would lessen enjoyment of our countryside, not least of which at present is the proposed London to Birmingham high speed rail line which will cut right through our territory.

Ramblers is run by volunteers at local level and offers to help with our work, particularly in monitoring the footpaths but also in other ways, is always welcome.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

New to the Ramblers?

You'll get a warm welcome at each of the local groups. Just have a look at the list of upcoming walks in the area. Once you have walked two or three times with any of the groups, you will be expected to join the Ramblers.


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Ramblers Walk Magazine

  • Walking a mile a day could beat cancer

    Walk a mile a day

    Patients diagnosed with two of the most common cancers (breast and prostate) could reduce their risk of dying by walking just one mile a day, according to new calculations by Walking for Health, run by Macmillan Cancer Support and the Ramblers.

    Walking one mile at a moderate pace (3mph), or for just 20 minutes a day, could reduce breast cancer patients risk of dying from the disease by 40% while those with prostate cancer could reduce their risk by almost a third (30%).

    Today’s research highlights the positive impact that walking at a moderate pace can have on your cancer prognosis. A mile a day could also reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence by 40%, while bowel cancer patients could slash their risk in half by walking just 50 minutes a day.

    Physical activity after cancer treatment can also reduce the impact of some debilitating side effects, such as swelling around the arm, anxiety, depression, fatigue, impaired mobility and weight changes.

    Benedict Southworth, chief executive of the Ramblers, says:

    “The benefits of walking are numerous. It is increasingly clear that walking even short distances regularly can make the world of difference for those recovering from and managing cancer or other serious health conditions. 

    “Walking for Health offers free, short group walks across England, which are the perfect way to build confidence and fitness in a friendly, supportive space. All walks are led by friendly, knowledgeable people, specially trained for the job. Many of our walkers have long term conditions such as cancer themselves and find the companionship and fresh air a wonderful therapy.

    “We want to put walking at the centre of efforts to tackle physical inactivity and echo Macmillan’s call for health professionals to prescribe walking to those who are recovering from cancer or other health conditions.”

    Find a Walking for Health walk near you now. 

    Or if you're in Wales you can find a walk with Let's Walk Cymru

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  • Lets Walk Cymru Launches New Website

    Mark Drakeford and Melanie JonesLast week the Minister for Health and Social Services, Mark Drakeford supported Lets Walk Cymru with the launch of its new website that will make it easier for people in Wales to start walking towards a healthy future.

    Mark Drakeford AM attended the launch of Let’s Walk Cymru’s new website, which boasts exciting new features for people looking to take steps into walking.

    Only 29% of people in Wales are meeting physical activity guidelines set out to help people stay healthy. Walking is the easiest way for people to achieve this and the Let’s Walk Cymru website provides people with everything they need to get started.

    Let’s Walk Cymru’s development officer, Melanie Jones, said: “We were really pleased Mark Drakeford was able to join us to launch our new website.

    “The site allows you to enter your postcode and find all the group walks running in your area so you can find a walk to suit you, as well as register for the walks online. Alternatively, if you’re looking to start walking on your own, or with friends and family, there’s plenty of expert advice on how to get started.

    “If you’re already a keen walker and would like to help others find their feet, we also have information on how you can get involved as a volunteer.”

    At the launch, Caldicot FIT 4 Life led a celebratory walk from Caldicot Leisure Centre to Pill Row & Caldicot Castle.

    Mark Drakeford, said: “Walking is a great way to get fit and healthy and it’s suitable for almost anyone to start. Sometimes people need a helping hand to take steps into regular exercise and that’s exactly what Let’s Walk Cymru helps to do. I hope lots of people will make use of the new website and start walking today.”

    Let’s Walk Cymru is a Welsh Government funded initiative run by Ramblers Cymru. You can visit the new website now, letswalkcymru.org.uk.