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 info@jj-rr.org. 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 info@jj-rr.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.

Wickham Festival Walk

Here is the initial outline for the walk into the Wickham festival on Thursday 1st August. The walk will start from a pub in Corhampton in the Meon Valley and then walk part of the South Downs Way to Old Winchester Hill and onwards before working south west to the festival site just north of Wickham.
The pub at which to meet and the exact route are TBD.
Start time is 10am and the expected arrival time at the festival site is 4pm.
Details to follow in early June.

Ticket availability for September

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.

If you are reading this after the tickets have sold out on WeGotTickets then please email info@jj-rr.org and we will let you know when further tickets are available and how to obtain them.


Article in RnR

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

RnR 74 Mar:Apr 2019 Cover Page

Tickets available for September shows

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

For further information, add a comment to this post or email info@jj-rr.org.

Two dates for your diary in 2019

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

Spine of England II – a final thought.

JJ writes:

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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Spine of England II – thanks to the venues

Reflections from the tour manager:

Navigating six musicians around six venues over six days with bags and instruments was always going to be quite a challenge – and then John joined the backup crew …..

Six great evenings in six very different venues – thanks to:
Hepworth – Steve and Alison for not only organising the evening but also hosting us all. And to Alan for providing the PA.
Trades Club, Hebden Bridge – Sarah and Del
Saltaire Live Room – Ron and Hilary
Otley Court House – Steve, Glynis, Gerry and John
Craven Arms – Richard
Settle Victoria Hall – Ann, Mike and Dave.
Very special thanks to Graham for arranging the venues for us and then to those who helped with support during the week: Lauren, Elaine, Jane H, Jane D and Julie.
Last but not least, extra special thanks to Fran for organising the supply of tour T-shirts and for selling CDs for John, Rowan and Lindsey. Not sure whether it helped or not having John along as a passenger ….