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In November 1978, approximately 12 Kegworth residents set out on a local footpath walk, initially to check for obstructions, broken stiles and footbridges.
Previously David Jones, who was at that time a member of Kegworth Parish Council, had volunteered to organise a working party to oversee this task after a directive from the Highways Authority. However, the walk was enjoyed by all and the rest, as the saying goes, is history.
In the last 10 years our local walks have gone further afield, with only a couple of Kegworth walks annually. The remainder are planned by regulars and are usually no more than a ? hours drive away from the village.
The ramblers have been in existence for 23 years. Over 270 walks have been completed.
Average numbers per ramble are 25 which equates to at least 6,750 walkers (not all different).
Largest turnout: 105 people - a Derbyshire walk in the mid-eighties.
70 people - for Centenary walk in 1988 (local).
Smallest turnout: 8 people - when throwing it down with rain on rare occasions.
To join the ramblers, simply turn up at the pre-arranged time at Kegworth Market Place. There are no joining fees, membership cards or rituals involved. Just come along and enjoy the walks. If you have no transport of your own, this can be arranged.
The walk are of between 2-3 hours duration.
Due to demand our local footpath book entitled 'A Kegworth Walk Guide' has now been reprinted. It describes 11 circular walks, with maps and photographs, all starting from Kegworth, varying from a 1? hour to an all day ramble. These are on sale from the Post Office for only ?4.00.
We now have A Coalville Walk Guide and A Castle Donington Walk Guide on sale for only ?3.50 each.
During the year Kegworth Ramblers completed 12 local and 4 trips away.
In early May over 50 people enjoyed a four-day walking holiday on the island of Jersey, based in St. Helier. The trip started with a steady walk around the interesting parts of the islands capital. Also during the four days they completed 2 full day walks along the beautiful and varied coastal footpaths as well as an around the island bus tour that took in the historic Jersey war tunnels and various local beauty spots.
In mid June a group of 24 intrepid ramblers took a flight to Glasgow and then an onward coach journey to Fort William to walk to the summit of Ben Nevis, Great Britain?s highest mountain at over 4,400 feet. The day started gloomy and wet, but cleared to enable the party to have wonderful views as they ascended and descended the mountain. The following day the ramblers embarked on a railway journey from Fort William to the lovely fishing town of Mallaig. A short walk was then completed around the environs of Mallaig in incessant rain which eventually forced them to take refuge in a local hostelry. The ramblers completed their holidays for the year with a Cotswolds weekend based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. 34 people enjoyed a walk to Painswick, calling in at The Woolpack in Slad which is famous for the setting and was the home of Laurie Lee, the author of Cider With Rosie. On their way back home on the Sunday the group embarked on a walk passing through some picturesque villages which included Buckland, Laverton and Snowshill.
In August a walk to the Jazz and Beer Festival at The Harrington Arms at Sawley was tried for the first time and proved very successful. This date is now included in the 2007 itinerary.
Other walks included a Derbyshire Dales day walk, an evening pub walk and an Autumn mystery walk. During next year the ramblers are spending a week in Puerto Pollensa in Majorca, a weekend in Llandudno to walk up Mount Snowdon and also a weekend in Filey to walk Flamborough Head and into Scarborough.
As usual there is a full programme of local walks, starting in January with a ride out to Alrewas to visit the National Memorial Arboretum during the walk.
For further details or walk itinerary telephone David and Hilary Jones.
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