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Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and West Middlesex Area

Come to our AGM and exercise your democratic rights!

 The Area AGM will be held at 2.00pm on Saturday 2 February 2019 in St. Anne's Hall, Aylesbury Road, Wendover, HP22 6JG (Explorer 181, grid reference SP868081), opposite the end of Wharf Road. Before the meeting there will be a walk of about six miles from Wendover railway station starting at about 10.00am. If you require further information please contact the Acting Area Secretary, John Esslemont (tel. 01494 881597 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

The hall is less than 10 minutes walk from the station. Cross the forecourt and take a path from the corner of the car park to Forest Close. Continue ahead, turn right into Dobbins Lane and then left into Vine Trees. When this residential road turns right take a footpath ahead leading to Aylesbury Road. Turn left to reach the hall entrance, on the left at a mini-roundabout.

If coming by car, do not use the hall car park in the morning, as there is another booking. It should be possible to find unrestricted roadside parking reasonably close to either the station or the hall. The earlier hall booking finishes, and ours starts, at 1.30pm, so there will probably be about an hour to make your own lunch arrangements between the end of the walk and access to the hall being available. At the time of writing train times were not available, but we shall make reasonable allowance for late running trains before starting the walk.

Notice is hereby given that the following motion, previously approved by the Board of Trustees, will be proposed: “That clause 3 of the Area constitution be amended by deleting ‘ Ealing,’, replacing the comma after ‘Harrow’ by ‘ and’, and deleting ‘ and Hounslow’.” This has the effect of adjusting the Area’s territory following the transfer of West London Group and its boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow to Inner London Area.

After the formal business there will be opportunity for questions and discussion. This is your chance to make your views known on how Ramblers operates, whether locally or nationally. Please come along and exercise your democratic rights. Following a break, with light refreshments available, Bill Piers will give a talk on the work of NB rRIPPLE, replacing stiles by gates in northern Buckinghamshire, and we shall hear from a trustee about recent developments at national level.

Copies of the Annual Report will be available at the meeting or, from early January, on request from the Acting Area Secretary, either as a PDF file (requests, with 'Annual Report' as the subject, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or in print (requests, accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope of suitable size for an A5 booklet, to 4 Park Farm Way, Lane End, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 3EG). An abbreviated version of the report, excluding personal details, will be published on the Area website, http://www.bucks-wmiddx-ramblers.org.uk.

Notice of any formal motions to be proposed at the AGM should reach the Acting Area Secretary no later than one week before the meeting, i.e. by Saturday 26 January. We still have a number of vacancies for Area Officers, including for the Area Secretary; any offers of help, or enquiries about what is involved, are welcome.

John Esslemont



Ramblers Honour Bucks Paths Champion With Commemorative Gate

Bucks Ramblers has honoured the work of Mike Walker, former Environment Group Manager for Buckinghamshire County Council, with a commemorative gate on a footpath at Great Missenden, Bucks. 

Mike, who retired in 2015, managed Buckinghamshire’s network of public rights of way for 30 years.  The Ramblers has celebrated Mike’s work with a gate under the Chiltern Society’s ‘donate a gate’ scheme, on Great Missenden footpath 51 on the north-eastern edge of Hobbshill Wood.  The inscription on the gate is:

Mike Walker, path champion

Thanks from Buckinghamshire Ramblers

Mike Walker


Mike Walker

Says Kate Ashbrook, footpath secretary for the Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and West Middlesex Area of the Ramblers: ‘Mike has worked tirelessly for Bucks County Council for over 30 years and he made massive improvements.  Under his leadership the county’s paths were transformed—in the past walking in the less-trodden north Bucks was like negotiating an assault course, now the paths are in far better condition. 

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Kate Ashbook, Mike Walker, Paul Rhodes and John Esselmont

‘It is sad for all of us that Mike has retired from the council but we are pleased he is still involved on national committees, promoting public paths and their value to the public.  We all have much to thank him for, in making conditions for walkers, riders and cyclists in Bucks so much better.’

Says Mike Walker: ‘I am truly honoured that the Ramblers and Chiltern Society, who do such great work to encourage and protect access to the countryside, wish to commemorate my achievements and those of the county council’s rights-of-way staff.  I am particularly pleased that the council’s relations and co-operation with path users and volunteers have improved tremendously over the years.  If I have helped to achieve that then I hope I have done a good job.’


The Ramblers

The Ramblers is Britain's walking charity, working to safeguard the footpaths, the countryside and other places we go walking, and to encourage more people to take up walking. With 108,000 members in England, Scotland and Wales, we've been working for walkers for 76 years.

Our Area

The Area supports the activities of ten groups, listed on the left hand side or this page, operating in Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and the London Boroughs of Hillingdon, Harrow, Brent, Ealing and Hounslow. Each group offers a full programme of walks and other activities.

The Area monitors developments affecting the enjoyment of walking within our territory. In particular we monitor the state of our paths and seek to get any problems put right. Southern Buckinghamshire includes a major part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while the northern part of the county and, indeed, our London Boroughs and Milton Keynes also include attractive countryside, making our Area a great one for walking.

We also do what we can to fight, or seek to reduce the impact on walkers, of developments which would lessen enjoyment of our countryside, not least of which at present is the proposed London to Birmingham high speed rail line which will cut right through our territory.

Ramblers is run by volunteers at local level and offers to help with our work, particularly in monitoring the footpaths but also in other ways, is always welcome.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

New to the Ramblers?

You'll get a warm welcome at each of the local groups. Just have a look at the list of upcoming walks in the area. Once you have walked two or three times with any of the groups, you will be expected to join the Ramblers.