CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Surrey Life today CLICK HERE

Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group – join the club

PUBLISHED: 16:31 17 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:16 20 February 2013

Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group – join the club

Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group – join the club

Every month, we find out about a different club or society in the county and what they get up to. In the latest instalment, we pull on our hiking boots to meet the Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group, who organise walks all over the county

Originally published in Surrey Life magazineApril 2012

Every month, we find out about a different club or society in the county and what they get up to. In the latest instalment, we pull on our hiking boots to meet the Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group, who organise walks all over the county

SUBSCRIBE to Surrey Life magazine
BUY SL online
DOWNLOAD the app

In a nutshell: A spin-off from the successful Surrey Area Weekend Walkers, the Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group encourages people of any age to get out there and walk and hike around Surrey and beyond. Its membership is drawn from across Surrey and south west London.
Person interviewed: Derek Bunn
Role: Group treasurer
Been a member for: Seven years
Joined because The members seemed to be a very friendly group.

When was the club set up?
The Surrey and Beyond Ramblers group (SABRE) was set up over a year ago by members of the Surrey Area Weekend Walkers (SAWW), whose membership is solely targeted at 35 to 55s, to offer a similar walking group but one that would appeal to people of any age.

How many members do you have in the group?
We now have nearly 50 members, and our ages range from about 40 upwards. We do not have any strict age banding.

Where do you meet?
We meet two or three times at weekends and sometimes during the week. Our walks vary in length from four-mile afternoon rambles in Surrey, to more adventurous 12-mile walks that take in the morning and afternoon in Surrey and beyond. On longer walks, we usually have lunch in a country pub or a picnic, if weather permits. Some of our members also like to finish their walk with a relaxing and well-earned cream tea at a local village tea room. Our current programme is created in partnership with the SAWW and we also have a programme of social events, which include a variety of walking holidays and long weekends away.

Whats the best thing about being a member?
Its about enjoying walking while making new friends.

Do you find being surrounded by like-minded individuals inspiring?
Our members are very sociable. We come from a wide spectrum of backgrounds; yet we all share an enthusiasm for the outdoors. Members own interests are diverse and vary from beekeeping to mountain climbing.

Have you got links with other clubs as well?
We are part of the Ramblers (, Britains biggest walking charity, which promotes walking for health and pleasure. Ramblers also campaign to safeguard the footpath network, to increase access rights for walkers and to protect the countryside. SABRE details can be found on and our partner group SAWW can be found on

Whats the most interesting story from the groups history?
Some of the most interesting stories are about the holidays that we have had together in places like Cuba; but they would take some time to recount!

...and the funniest?
When we were on a group walking holiday in Somerset, we were puzzled by walkers going in the other direction to us who kept asking, have you seen the bishop? When two of us reached the nearest station to Minehead, we saw a strange looking walker on the platform, who was wearing walking boots and hiking trousers topped with a purple shirt and dog collar. It was, in fact, the Bishop of Bath and Wells. You may remember a predecessor of his from Black Adder who prodded sinners with a red hot poker in their lower regions? The current bishop had only a walking pole and fortunately was more restrained. Anyway, we got on the train and joked with a friendly fellow passenger about the infamous Bishop of Bath and Wells being at the station. To our embarrassment, she pointed out (with good humour) that she knew the Bishop well and that he was in fact her husband!

When is your next event that is open to the public/potential new members?
We regularly organise walks all around the county. Please e-mail for details of the latest.

Describe your club in five words...
With every mile a smile!

  • NEXT MONTH: We meet the members of the Reigate and Redhill U3A. To get 1 off your next magazine, order online at and enter the code FF693. Or, for an even better saving, why not subscribe? For details of our latest offer, visit our subscription website:

More from Surrey Life

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Surrey is full of secret hideaways and hidden gems. Slades Farm on the Wintershall Estate is definitely one of them

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The new hotel is set to open in spring 2019 and will be located in the heart of the vineyard, offering sweeping views over the North Downs Way.

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

From Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas markets and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in Surrey this season

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Whether you're looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here's our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Having bloomed in Brighton’s restaurant scene over the past decade, The Chilli Pickle opened its second site in Guildford this summer

Read more
Monday, November 12, 2018

Historic Royal Palaces and IMG have announced that Kylie Minogue is the first headliner confirmed for Hampton Court Palace Festival 2019. These will be her only London shows of summer 2019. Here’s how you can get tickets

Read more
Monday, November 12, 2018

Enjoy this linear rail to ramble section of the Thames Down Link route taking the short train-ride from Box Hill & Westhumble to Ashtead before walking back

Read more
Monday, November 12, 2018

Great things to do in Surrey this weekend (16, 17 and 18 November): art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It’s that time of year when our beautiful countryside is alight with the colours of autumn. Here, we pick out some of her favourite spots to enjoy the seasonal splendour – as well as some perfect places for a post-walk refresher

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Found on the stretch of the River Thames between Weybridge and East Molesey, Sunbury-on-Thames is blessed with a village feel where it meets the water. From antique hunts to the joys of river life, here are a few of our favourite reasons to visit

Read more
Monday, November 5, 2018

Verity & Violet are Loui and Jess – a singing duo from Surrey who specialise in blending vintage classics with modern favourites. The two have achieved success in the capital, but are now hoping to attract an audience closer to home

Read more
Friday, November 2, 2018

With the Christmas celebrations seemingly starting earlier every year, it all feels a little too ‘soon’ sometimes, but what if you want to look your best for Christmas & New year celebrations and are considering having cosmetic non-surgical procedures? The Bella Vou Pantiles Clinic offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures and treatments from a purpose-built private clinic in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells

Read more
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Living in England’s most densely wooded county, it’s always a pleasure to witness Surrey donning its autumn finery. Here’s some of the best places to do just that - plus a few pub pit stops to enjoy on route!

Read more
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We are regularly reminded of the high cost of housing with statistics revealing that only one in three millennials will be able to afford their own home during their lifetime and that most will remain in the category known as Generation Rent

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search