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Walking in Devon

Okehampton Rambling Club

All Walks Cancelled
As a result of official government advice on the Covid19 pandemic, the committee of Okehampton Rambling Club has suspended its walks programme with immediate effect. The club will resume a full walks programme as soon as the government, on medical advice, indicates it is safe to do so. For further information, please contact either chairman Sue Lewis on 01837 318106 or secretary Chris Baines on 01409 221362.

Okehampton Rambling Club has been in existence for over 30 years. It began with a group of like- minded people getting together to enjoy the local countryside and has essentially remained thus ever since. We are not affiliated to any national organisation.

At present, the group comprises over 60 members, of whom 30 or so walk regularly. The normal number of people on a walk averages about a dozen. Over the years we have covered most of Devon and Cornwall. Walks are led by volunteer members and can be on Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Cornish or Devon coast or inland. Average walk length is 8 miles.

We walk every Sunday of the year and it is rare for a walk to be cancelled. If the weather is very bad we try to do a shorter, easier walk rather than abandoning it altogether. Members come from Okehampton and surrounding villages, out as far as Hatherleigh, Crediton and even Bude. We meet outside Okehampton Post Office leaving at 9.30am and share cars to travel to the start of a walk. Passengers contribute towards fuel costs on a scale of charges with a top limit of £7 per person. A walk often ends with a cream tea if there is a convenient establishment nearby.

Click here for the Okehampton Rambling Club Programme

Although we are an informal club, we do have a small committee comprising chairman, treasurer and secretary. An AGM is held every April. All members pay a small annual subscription.

Being a group of friends, we also have a social side to our activities. Once a month, we have an evening meal and drinks in a local pub or restaurant. Again, this is organised by volunteer members and as far as possible, we try to share cars. The socials have become increasingly popular over the past couple of years.

Another social activity is our annual walking holiday. We have been to a variety of places – the Lake District, North Devon, the Cornish coast, Wales, Shropshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. Again, holidays are organised by volunteer members and are usually for 3 or 4 nights. During that time, we manage a walk every day, as well as some sightseeing for those who want it.

So, if you enjoy walking, love the countryside and would like to make new friends, why don’t you join us? You are always welcome to try us out before making a firm commitment.

For more details, please contact Sue Lewis (Chairman)on 01837 318106 or or Chris Baines (Secretary) on 01409 221362 or

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