The aim of the group is to organise monthly walks which are 4 to 5 miles in length and normally finish with a pub lunch. The day on which walks are held rotates around Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri. The intention is to hold the walks all year round, but to cancel a walk if the weather is clearly going to be unsuitable.
Each walk has a designated leader who makes all the arrangements and to whom any questions about the walk should be directed. The walking dates are set at the start of each Probus Year and details of each walk are circulated roughly 14 days ahead of the walk. Members are asked to inform the leader and the rest of th e group whether or not they will participate at least 2 days before the walk.
Most of the walks are circular and in the local area. However, leaders are free to organise out-and-back walks or one-way walks for which public transport or cars are used as appropriate. During the summer months, we may go further afield on one or two occasions for a full day outing.
A “strollers group” has been formed within the walking group to cater for those members who are no longer able to manage the length of normal walks or who are temporarily restricted in the distance they can walk. The strollers typically walk for 2 to 3 miles and join the main group for lunch.
Because so many club members have email addresses, communications within the group are almost entirely by email.
Members interested in joining the walking group should contact John Berry.
The walks programme for 2019/20 Probus Year is as follows:
|Wednesday 30th January||Noel Roberts|
|Tuesday 26th February||Adrian Peters|
|Friday 29rd March||John Minchin
|Thursday 25th April||John Berry|
|Wednesday 22nd May||John Minchin|
|Tuesday 25th June||Colin Clark|
|Friday 26th July||Doug Rodger|
|Wenesday 28th August||Graham George|
|Tuesday 17th September||Gordon Roberts|
|Friday 25th October||John Hilsden|
|Thursday 14th November||Adrian Peter|
|Wedneday 4th December||Christmas Lunch|
|Friday 27th December||John Berry
|Wednesday 15th January||Richard Linsell|
|Tuesday 25th February||Noel Roberts
|Friday 20th March||Jim Waller|
|Thursday 23rd April||John Minchin|
|Wednesday 20th May||Nick Menges|
|Tuesday 23rd June||Doug Rodger|
|Friday 24th July||John Berry|
” If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise!” – Probus Walkers near Cholesbury on the September 17th 2019 walk.
Photos of the Probus walkers on the trail around the Humphrey Repton designed park around Panshanger House. The first picture is of the walkers in front of the Panshanger Great Oak,
the second in front of the remains of the Orangery built around 1856.
A picture taken on our June Walk. It had been raining heavily the previous day and the walk got harder and harder as we progressively collected more mud on our boots. The picture could be entitled something like ‘The mudlarks on the Therfield walk’.
The our adventurous walking group in the adventure playground in the Olympic Park on April 18th 2019 ….
… and enjoying lunch after their efforts.
Tony Cartwright: “A photograph of the intrepid longer distance Probus walkers on the walk from Potten End to Alford and then on to Berkhamsted via the Grand Union Canal. After lunch we walked back to Alford. There were five of us on the walk, with me taking the picture as usual!”
The picture was taken so as to capture some of the attractive countryside in the background. We had a great day(12/03/19). The walk was just over 9 miles in total.
What a contrast to last month’s walk. On Tuesday 26th Feb, we walked from the Bull in Wheathampstead along the Ayot Greenway and back again. We had brilliant sunshine and was it warm! We paused only at the site of the old Wheathampstead station to admire the restoration work and submit to having our pictures taken
Members of the walking group had a really good day on 20th January 2019. Their walk started in Studham and took them to the north of Whipsnade. The weather was glorious and the snow completed a magical picture.
Walkers and Strollers……
… and the walkers.
To complete the 2018 season, the walking group enjoyed a festive lunch at the Cricketers in Redbourn. Many members walked to the venue along the Nicky Line or from Hatching Green,
The walkers and the strollers enjoyed a good walk around Slapton on 29th November 2018. The strollers managed to arrive at “The Carpenter’s Arms” after the walkers! But all enjoyed a good lunch, The Steak Pie was especially delicious.
….. and the strollers
Our Walkers still looking remarkably fresh after their 6 ½ mile walk from Putney to Kew on 26th October 2018
Our Walkers enjoy the sunshine for a moment during their walk from Chapmore End to Stapleford and back on 30th August 2018.
A picture of the Intrepid Walkers on Furnace Friday (27th July 2018) taken on the walk round Knebworth.
Walkers enjoyed a good Lunch at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese after the annual London walk on 26th June 2018.
Pictures from our 100th Walk around the town of St Albans
In the abbey Gateway
In St Peters Street
On French Row.
Walkers in front of the gigantic and very ancient “Panshanger Oak”
Walkers in Panshanger Woods on 23rd March 2018, in front of picturesque display of daffodils.
Walkers enjoying their Annual Christmas Lunch at the Cricketers Redbourn on 7th Dec 2017
Probus Walkers in front of the duck pond at Benington on 23rd November 2017.
A picture taken on the walk from Tottenhoe to Dunstable Downs (and back) on 27th July 2017. The picture shows the walkers climbing up the Downs to get to the National Trust café at the top.
A picture of the “walkers” taken on 31st January 2017 (by Roger using Tony’s camera) by the banks of the Mimram near Tewin. The walkers divided into strollers and walkers for the first time so this is just a picture of the walkers!
Picture taken by Roger Marshall on Wednesday 16 November on the St Albans walk. The walkers are posed on a bridge over the River Ver.
The small group of Probus walkers in front of the memorial to the Queen Mother at All Saints Church, St Paul’s Walden on Thursday 13th October 2016
“Witch Hunt in Wilstone!” Probus walkers pause during their walk around the Tring Reservoirs on 30th August 2016
Probus Walkers on 11th February 2016 on a walk from Studham……
…..skirting Whipsnade Zoo.
Probus walkers on a bridge over the river Ver during their walk from Redbourn to St Albans on Friday 15th January 2016
Probus Walkers Christmas Lunch
The Cricketers, Redbourn 8th December 2015