The North Lakes 2019

Details on the walking for the weekend 26/27/28th September can be found here:

JJ writes: “Our weekend in the beautiful North Lakes is coming up. 3 Days of great walking and music. You are all welcome but REMEMBER – THIS IS THE LAKES -and it does help if you have some experience of walking in the fells and a degree of fitness. If our walks seem too demanding there are plenty of other easier walks to do and fantastic scenery to lose yourself in. We will all be together in the evenings.

As all the regular walkers know, we are not a guided tour party but are there, like you, to enjoy walking and music and being together in astonishing landscape. Please look after yourselves, bring the right gear, carry what you need but not too much and make your own arrangements for lifts (except on the Friday, see below). Any doubts please ask.”

Wickham thoughts from JJ

“Thanks to everyone for your great support at the RR gig at Wickham and those hardy souls who sweated it out with us on the South Downs during the day. It’s a fantastic  festival and it is an honour to be there for the opening, singing for people as they arrive.

Lindsey, Tim, Rowan, John, Benji & Al singing Never Stop Moving at the Wickham Festival Box Office, watched by Matthew Bannister and being recording for the Folk on Foot podcast.

Special thanks to the Folk on Foot Podcast team who were with us the whole day creating a word and sound picture reflecting the  quiet musings of myself and others following the silent hedgerows of the Downs, in contrast to the noise of a full-on crowd in the Big-Top when we hit the festival. Two different worlds coming together; the contrast was stunning. Thanks to you all. JJ ”

JJ with Matthew Bannister talking folk on foot

John Jones and the Reluctant Ramblers play the Village Stage at the Wickham Festival


Rowan Godel Trio at Wickham

The Rowan Godel trio with Benji Kirkpatrick and Tim Cotterell headline an evening of music in the Wickham Community Centre on 31st July,  the evening before the Wickham Festival. The centre is very close to the festival site. It has its own parking as well as the official festival parking.

The full programme for the evening is:

19.30 – 20.00 20.00 – 20.45 21.00 – 21.45 22.00 – 23.00

Alistair Russell Rachel Newton Alan Burke Rowan Godel Trio

JJ looks forward to Wickham

Just over a week to go now to the RR walk into Wickham festival and gig. You are welcome to join us and details of the walk and gig are on the website. The walk is leisurely , taking in some of the South Downs Way we walked several years ago and reaching a high point on Old Winchester Hill where we will sing a song for the excellent  Folk on Foot podcast people who will be with us on this walk. This is the first time they have done anything like a Ramblers group walk , on a mission to play a festival , so they may well want to talk to you as well as me … so remember as you stumble through the mud and rain , you ARE enjoying yourselves.
Seriously , the weather looks good , we have a full band and we will be  singing  three songs on the walk before we hit The Village Stage later that evening before ‪The Proclaimers‬. All that and Matthew’s Southern Comfort, ‪Graham Nash‬ and ‪Judy Collins‬ on The Valley Stage. it looks like MD Peter Chegwyn’s Woodstock Evening.

Don’t forget also ,  a special  opening night in the Wickham Community Centre on the Wednesday with the Rowan , Benji and Tim trio.

Wickham Walk – Lunch menu

White Lion SobertonWe have arranged to use the function room at the White Lion in Soberton for our lunch stop.

They have given us a special menu (see below) and ask us to pre-order so that they can have the food ready. We expect to arrive around 1.30pm and leave again at 2.30 to walk to the festival site.

Please select your lunchtime order and send it in an email to Please note the total cost on your order. You will pay for it on the day. If you order food and then can’t make the walk, please let us know to the same email address.


gf – gluten free, df – dairy free, v – vegetarian, vg – vegan, gfa – gluten free available, dfa – dairy free available, vea – vegan option available



Roasted veg, brie and pesto £6.95 v. vga
Cumberland sausage and fried onion £6.95
Bacon, Lettuce and tomato with mayo £6.95
Prawn Marie Rose £7.25

Fries ~ Sweet potato fries ~ Hand cut chips House salad ~ seasonal vegetables ~ Olives


Steak and ale Pie – A short crust pastry base and a puff pastry lid, served with new potatoes or chips, mushy peas, rich homemade gravy £13.50

Risotto- Chicken and Chorizo risotto served with a rocket and parmesan garnish £12.95

Spicy Bean Burger, soft white roll, salad garnish and fries £12 GFA, VG

Hand carved ham, two eggs and hand cut chips £12.50 GF

8oz Homemade Beef burger in a soft bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, gherkin and fries £12.95GFA, DF
Add Bacon, Cheddar, Smoked, or Brie cheese for £1

Roasted butternut squash and chestnut mushroom pie served with new potatoes or chips, marrowfat peas, vegan gravy £12.50 VG

Warm Chicken and Bacon Salad, Cos lettuce, Caesar dressing and croutons £12.50 GFA

Thai Fishcakes- Served on a bed of stir-fried vegetables with a sweet chilli sauce £12.95

Wickham Walk

The morning section of this walk, from the Bucks Head, up Old Winchester Hill and down to Soberton and the White Lion, is 14km or around 9 miles. The afternoon walk is around 4 miles.

The reply to the previous post said the morning walk is 12.5 miles. That is not correct. The total for the day is around 12.5 to 13 miles.

Wickham Festival Walk – RSVP

In keeping with tradition, before their set at the Wickham Music Festival, John and the Reluctant Ramblers will walk from Meonstoke  to Old Winchester Hill, on to Soberton and then down to the festival site outside of Wickham.

If you plan to join the walk then please either comment here or email so that we have some idea of how many to expect.

Start time is 9.45, meet in the car park opposite the Bucks Head. Aim is to arrive at the festival site by 4pm with a stop for lunch at the White Lion in Soberton at around 1.30. The afternoon walk is around 4 miles and mainly down the old railway line.