‘About Us’ could not start any other way than thanking Alan Howard, who having relocated to Shropshire in 1989, returning from a walk met a railway executive, that chance meeting led Alan to create Welsh Rail Rambles.
Alan’s vision with hard working team leaders has meant that almost thirty years later we have seen this work continue. Richard and Barbara Addyman eventually took over the reins to continue Alan’s work, passing this on to Marion Law and Cheryl Johnston more latterly. We are incredibly proud that we have family members of that original group still strong and enthusiastic members today.
Continuing the development of Welsh Rail rambles we have become a newly formed CIC, that is a Community Interest Company listed at Companies House, No. 11426957. Although the company is new our volunteers have been organising and leading walks for 30 years.
All activities of the Company are provided by volunteers from the development of programmes to the leadership of walks.
In becoming a CIC we have the stated aims of :
“The programmes of guided walks enable people to enjoy the healthy physical and mental benefits of walking in the open countryside using public transport, predominantly rail, to access remote areas in safety.
There is no requirement for membership or subscription and the Company makes no charges: participation in the programmed walks is inclusive and open to all those capable.
Ramblers support the local economies in these rural areas without impacting on the infrastructure as we use only public transport.”
RailRambles Cymru at present is not an official Ramblers group, though we are planning to apply to become an affiliated group soon. As a charity, the Ramblers do so much to protect and promote public footpaths, giving us access to open spaces.
Arriva Trains Wales deserve a very big thank you for their support over the years, as this has given our leaders the opportunity to travel freely to explore new walks and ensure that our programmed walks are as safe as possible.
We look forward to hopefully continuing this partnership with KeolisAmey who take over the new franchise on the 14th October 2018.