Surrey and Beyond Ramblers, better known as SABRE, held its inaugural walk in January 2011 and has since become one of Ramblers fastest growing groups. We are a lively and vibrant group with over 330 members, aged from 40 onwards. SABRE is popular with both working and non-working people, due to its great variety of walks at different times of the week and in varying locations. The group is also known for its friendliness, not to mention the opportunities it offers to get to know local pubs and tea shops!
To contact us, please use the contact-us form on the website.
To join us, use the following link to the Ramblers Association website.
We aim to put on a choice of walks each weekend, plus at least one mid-week walk. Walks range in length from short strolls of 2-3 miles to long hikes of up to 18 miles. The pace varies from leisurely through moderate to brisk, often depending on the terrain we are covering. Our walks are led by SABRE walk leaders, all of whom are volunteers.
Most of our walks are day walks in Surrey and the surrounding Home Counties, although we also offer walking weekends and holidays in other areas of the country. Since 2011 the group has walked many national trails, including the South and North Downs Ways, the Downs Link, the West Sussex Literary Trail, the St Swithun’s Way, the Shipwright’s Way, the Vanguard Way and the entire length of the Thames Path. So that we can continue to develop and grow, we encourage new walk leaders from within the group.
Recent members’ holidays include the Coastal Path from St Ives, the mountains of Snowdonia, the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and the hills around Sedbergh. In 2018 we have week-long holidays running in the Lake District and Glencoe, as well as a long weekend of walking down on the Dorset Coast. We also organise social events including an annual summer barbecue, Christmas meals and pub walks.
We are proud that SABRE is a member of the Surrey Area of the Ramblers Association, the national walking charity protecting and helping to maintain Britain's footpaths. We send out monthly newsletters to members and post those letters on the website too. As well as having our own website, SABRE has a public Facebook page and a Twitter account. We also use the ‘Meetup’ site to publicise walks and as one of our strategies to attract new members. There is also a private Facebook page where signed-up members can post.
The regular administration of the group is done by a committee of seven members, elected annually at an Annual General Meeting in November. Meetings are held four times a year, usually in January, April, July and October. The committee’s aim is to run the group with maximum participation from the full membership and with the greatest possible degree of transparency. Committee minutes are available for members to see on the website, usually within 3 weeks of each committee meeting. Members are consulted on all major issues about the running of the group.