Willingdon Church Ramblers

Willingdon Church Ramblers

We are a friendly group of people who get together for a ramble through our lovely countryside. We welcome anyone who would like to join us. 


Ramblers Report March 2023

Was a gloomy weather forecast for our walk on Monday 20th March but – 8 hardy people and a dog walked from Crowlink across to Birling Gap, where we stopped for coffee. This part of the walk was not too unpleasant apart from muddy areas. However, returning to Crowlink via the Red Barn, we got very, very wet. Luckily we all had head-to-toe waterproofs!

Hoping the weather will be greatly improved by the time of our next ramble on 17thApril when we shall be doing a flat, circular walk from Seaford around the Tide Mills nature reserve. We really hope to see a few more people that day. 

Any enquiries to Lesley on lesley.etwell@sky.com

Important Information Will all ramblers please note that there is now a high priority concerning risks and risk assessments and we would therefore remind you that you must have the correct walking gear, especially footwear, and that, although the leaders will have noted anything of possible concern, you still walk at your own risk. Please do read the small-print at the bottom of the itinerary. For any further information please do get in touch.

Ramblers' Holiday 2022 - to view click here


History of St. Mary’s Church Rambling Group

September this year, 2023, will be the 20th anniversary of our annual rambling breaks. They were started, and brilliantly organised, by Ruth Fisher and Pat Lambie who, back in 2003, arranged a 3 day, 2 night stay at the Girl Guide centre in Lyndhurst in the New Forest. This break proved so very popular that Ruth and Pat organised a further two annual breaks to the Guide centre. After 3 years of visiting the New Forest it was decided to branch out and extend our breaks to 4 nights, 5 days. That is when Lesley and I took over the reins and persuaded the group to try the Warner Coastal Village on Hayling Island. This again proved very popular and we have continued annual Warners holidays ever since. In total, the group has visited 5 different Warner sites, the two on Hayling Island and the two ‘overseas’ on the Isle of Wight, as well as Littlecote House in Wiltshire. Well over 60 different ramblers have enjoyed Warners hospitality over the last 16 years. Sadly some are not longer with us, (though not forgotten) but the rambling group is still being well supported as are our annual holidays. 

This May we are returning to Littlecote House, where Henry 8th courted his third wife, Jane Seymour, where some of Oliver Cromwell’s forces were garrisoned during the civil war and where the D Day landings were planned. Lesley will, no doubt, be providing a full report on our break on our return. 

Roger Etwell