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Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and West Middlesex Area


Bucks Ramblers has honoured the work of Mike Walker, former Environment Group Manager for Buckinghamshire County Council, with a commemorative gate on a footpath at Great Missenden, Bucks. 

Mike, who retired last year, managed Buckinghamshire’s network of public rights of way for 30 years.  The Ramblers has celebrated Mike’s work with a gate under the Chiltern Society’s ‘donate a gate’ scheme, on Great Missenden footpath 51 on the north-eastern edge of Hobbshill Wood.  The inscription on the gate is:

Mike Walker, path champion

Thanks from Buckinghamshire Ramblers

Mike Walker


Mike Walker

Says Kate Ashbrook, footpath secretary for the Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and West Middlesex Area of the Ramblers: ‘Mike has worked tirelessly for Bucks County Council for over 30 years and he made massive improvements.  Under his leadership the county’s paths were transformed—in the past walking in the less-trodden north Bucks was like negotiating an assault course, now the paths are in far better condition. 

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Kate Ashbook, Mike Walker, Paul Rhodes and John Esselmont

‘It is sad for all of us that Mike has retired from the council but we are pleased he is still involved on national committees, promoting public paths and their value to the public.  We all have much to thank him for, in making conditions for walkers, riders and cyclists in Bucks so much better.’

Says Mike Walker: ‘I am truly honoured that the Ramblers and Chiltern Society, who do such great work to encourage and protect access to the countryside, wish to commemorate my achievements and those of the county council’s rights-of-way staff.  I am particularly pleased that the council’s relations and co-operation with path users and volunteers have improved tremendously over the years.  If I have helped to achieve that then I hope I have done a good job.’

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 January 2015 15:47

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


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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

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