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Spalding Ramblers dressed and ready for a walk.
Spalding Ramblers dressed and ready for a walk.
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Tydd Gote, Lutton, Moulton Seas End and Folkingham have all been destinations for Spalding Ramblers in 2014.

Every other Sunday, a loyal and enthusiastic group of 20 people set off on a walk of between seven and nine miles with the aim of protecting “our heritage of footpaths, bridleways and green lanes”.

Spalding Ramblers footpath officer Wendy Hicks, committee member Beryl Brakes and treasurer Eileen Pearson.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding Ramblers footpath officer Wendy Hicks, committee member Beryl Brakes and treasurer Eileen Pearson. Photo by Tim Wilson.

This is the mission statement of the Ramblers (formerly the Ramblers’ Association) and its more than 500 groups across the UK.

John Rowbottom, press officer for Spalding Ramblers, said: “We have a nucleus of about 25 people who are very enthusiastic and very loyal to the group.

“They really do try and go on each of the walks and we all get on well with each other.”

Spalding Ramblers was formed from a public meeting at what is now South Holland Centre in 1986, with the very first walk taking place in June of the same year when the destination was Bourne Woods, Beryl Brakes, a longstanding member of the group, said: “We were a really thriving group up until a few years ago after a set of members started a group on Thursday mornings which has grown a lot.

“But everybody still enjoys our walks and we would certainly welcome a lot more younger members.”

Anyone joining Spalding Ramblers also becomes part of a national network of more than 110,000 members.

For more information, call John on 01775 680402.