Social & News

Sadly our social activities have been suspended until such time as we are all allowed to meet safely. Hopefully it will not be too long and before you know it we will be organising our Christmas Dinner again.

RailRambles Cymru Christmas Dinner

December 7th 2019:

Rail Rambles Cymru Christmas Meal will be held at Pea Green Cafe, Mascall Centre, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, SY8 1RZ

at 5pm after our walk from Leominster to Ludlow c/o Phil and Chris.

We will have sole use of the cafe on that evening and the proprietor knows that we will be muddy and probably wet.   There is a covered porch for boots and pegs and radiators on which to hang wet gear.

I attach the Christmas Menu below.


In addition to the above Menu, there is an alternative choice : Bean Pot Stew with Medterranean vegetables, this and the Aubergine starter are suitable for Vegans.

They offer a limited range of alcoholic beverages:    White wine (Pinot Grigio) or Red wine (Tempranillo) at £3.75 a glass (175ml) and Ludlow Brewery “Gold” in bottles at £3.75.    A range of soft drinks is also available.

For those of us who want draught beer,  there is no shortage of hostelries we could visit before and/or after the meal. 

I hope many of you will be able to join in – the more the merrier so please include partners and non-walkers.

To reserve your place(s), please contact Liz Cruickshanks, with menu choices, by 23rd November at the latest


Tel: 01743 362759

Mob:   07581471764


Minutes of Meetings Held in November 2019

20th November 2019

Dear member

Just a few notes to let you know what is happening at the occasional meetings we hold to continue and promote our activities :

We had a meeting last month with a senior member of TfW to discuss ongoing support of Rail Passes, TfW are very supportive and are eager to develop opportunities to widen our appeal for walking by use of public transport. Mark has since been in contact with representatives of the Community Rail Partnership who are also keen to help publicise our activities. Mark has then been in contact with reps of various bodies with whom we may consider joint projects.

Dennis and Phil attended a meeting with John Mattocks, publicity person for Rail Rambles.Org. to discuss a proposed document that John was preparing to give both groups publicity with the help of TfW. The proposal is to produce a document that can be used in poster or leaflet form on display at rail stations and other locations. A further meeting is to be held with RR.Org, TfW & ourselves to agree the format of any posters and other opportunities to promote walking within our groups.

Mark produced a list of other local ramblers’ groups with whom we could organise joint walks in order to draw more groups into using public transport.

Should it be that anyone wishes to attend future meetings, please let me know and we can include you, normally these meetings are held in Shrewsbury.


Shropshire Way Main Route

Shropshire Way Newsletter No 7

The Shropshire Way Main Route is a long distance path of 200 miles. It comprises two loops centring on Shrewsbury, covering the South Shropshire Hills and the North Meres, Mosses and canals. Fifteen stages link the major towns and transport hubs so that public transport can be used to complete the route. Rail Rambles often include part of this scenic trail. For more information and latest developments follow the link to the SWA website.


The Heart of Wales Line

The Heart of Wales Line Development Co is the Community Rail Partnership for the Line: Working to promote and develop the Heart of Wales Railway Line for the benefit of local residents, businesses and visitors.

For more information go to: Heart of Wales


Telford T50

The Telford T50 50 Mile Trail was created to celebrate the new town’s 50th anniversary in 2018.
A new trail to showcase the many beautiful green spaces, interesting places and indistrial heritage that make Telford special.

For more information please go to Telford5050

Heart of Wales line – Bucknell

We’re fortunate to live in Bucknell station, on the Heart of Wales line.  Our kids think it’s a dream house, and 6 months after we moved in, still run to the windows every time a train passes.

The station’s old ticket office was converted to a house in the 1970s, and is now an annex to the part of the house we live in.  We’ve recently finished renovating it as a holiday let, and thought your members might be interested to hear more about it.

A full set of details is available here, if you would like any more information please give me a call on 07824 508536.

Nina Walmsley