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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 â€" 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

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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 (www.ramblers.org.uk), 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 saww.org.uk/sabre and our partner group SAWW can be found on www.saww.org.uk.

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 sabretreasurer@saww.org.uk for details of the latest.

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

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