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.
We 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 email@example.com. 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
SIDES ALL £3.95
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
As of today (15th April) in the initial allocation of tickets for the two concerts at Threlkeld Village Hall on 27th and 28th September, there are just three tickets remaining for the Saturday concert and nine remaining for the Friday ceilidh.
If you don’t have tickets yet then the ticket links are:
Friday ceilidh: www.wegottickets.com/event/465506
Saturday concert: www.wegottickets.com/event/465509
Nearer the time of the shows, the venue will be making additional tickets available.
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The March/April issue of the magazine RnR contains an article about the ten years of walking tours including an interview with John and his walking buddy Colin. It also has reminiscences from fellow musicians and reluctant ramblers Ray Cooper, Tim Cotterell, Dil Davies and Boff Walley.
For stockists see http://www.seymour.co.uk/storefinder/
Copies can be ordered online at http://www.rock-n-reel.co.uk/sales.html
Tickets are now available for the two shows in the north Lake District on Friday 27th & Saturday 28th September 2019. Both shows are in the Threlkeld Village Hall as part of three days of walking and music. Details of the walks and the Thursday evening will be announced later. See www.jj-rr.org/walks-in-2019/
Friday 27th — 8pm start — a standing show with one hour of great songs from John and the band followed by a ceilidh in the village hall. Bring your dancing shoes. There will be a bar. Click here to buy tickets .
Saturday 28th — 8pm start — a seated show, again in the village hall. A full concert with two sets from JJ and The Reluctant Ramblers plus guests. Click here to buy tickets.
“You don’t have to have walked to enjoy the music. Meet you there .” JJ
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Time to get rid of those winter blues and look forward to joining JJ and The Ramblers out on those hidden highways and byways of old England again:
1. Thursday August 1st at Wickham Festival: John and the Ramblers band will lead a walk on the beautiful South Downs to arrive at the opening of the festival and then play a set that evening before The Proclaimers .
2.September 26/27/28 Return to the North Lakes. Three days walking the rugged landscape of the North Lakes. A half day walk on the Thursday with a session in the evening. Then two great days of walking and evenings of music with JJ and RR in Threlkeld Village Hall. Further details to follow including when tickets will be available.
Save the dates now. JJ
“This is the only Ramblers’ Tour I have been unable to walk and being in my native Yorkshire and in such beautiful landscape you will understand it hurt. My special thanks have to go to Colin, Tom and Fran and their many helpers for keeping the show on the road and keeping me going as well. The RR truly never stop moving. JJ ”
The outline of the walks (click here) are now updated to reflect what actually happened with photographs (from Colin & Tom) of the groups walking on each day.
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