SABRE is a vibrant and rapidly growing group which attracts members of all ages, looking for different types of walks with lively and interesting company, not to mention the added elements of a pub meal, a picnic or a tea shop visit. Further attractions are the weekends away, holidays and other social events organised by the group for its members.
How do I join SABRE?
You are very welcome to walk with us up to three times before deciding to join SABRE as a member of the Ramblers. This is Britain's biggest walking charity which promotes walking for health and pleasure, as well as protecting and maintaining the footpath network. The Ramblers main web site is www.ramblers.org.uk.
At the time of writing, the standard annual membership fee is £34.50 for single membership and £45.00 for joint membership; but there are also concessionary, monthly and lifetime rates available. There are then no additional charges to join our walks, and you can walk with any other Ramblers groups at any time.
How can I get more information?
We are run by a small, enthusiastic committee, who are all Ramblers volunteers. For more information please contact us via the contact button on the website.
If I already belong to another Ramblers group, can I transfer to SABRE?
Yes, please visit the Ramblers website, login as a Ramblers member, go to the Members Area where you will be able to change your details on ‘Update your profile’ (http://www.ramblers.org.uk/members-area.aspx). Don't forget to enter our Ramblers code of SR51.
I am a new SABRE member, do I need to create an account for the website?
Yes, creating an account will give you access to the Members’ Area which has a more detailed Walks and Events Programme as many of our walks or events are not on the public pages of the website. The Walks and Events Programme will also give you contact details for the walk leader in case you have any questions. You can also find much more information about the group, photos and details of holidays in the Members’ Area.
Why is your group called both Surrey and Beyond Ramblers and SABRE?
Surrey and Beyond Ramblers is our ‘full’ name and distinguishes us from other Surrey Rambler groups that often draw their memberships from just one area of Surrey. In contrast, our members come from all over Surrey and well beyond, reflecting the varied areas in which we walk. SABRE is simply a user-friendly acronym for the group.
How do I join my first walk?
Just come along and meet us at the start of one of our walks, the time and meeting place is shown on the walks programme. Please ensure that you are ready to start walking at the appointed time. If you wish you can contact us to let us know when you are coming on your first walk; we can then ask the walk leader to look out for you.
Can I bring a friend or relation?
You are welcome to bring along non-member friends or relations, including teenage children. They can join us for up to three introductory walks, but after that they must join the group via the Ramblers website. Teenagers under the age of 18 can walk as often as they like without joining the Ramblers. Once they reach the age of 18, they should then join the Ramblers (see our policy on minors).
I have a dog, when I join SABRE can I bring him along?
If a walk is unsuitable for dogs because of the terrain or the presence of wild-life in the area then this will usually be stated in the walk description, as posted on the programme. Assistance dogs are welcome on all suitable walks, but owners should contact the walk leader prior to the walk to confirm their attendance. Members are welcome to bring other dogs on walks, subject to the suitability of the walk and the permission of the walk leader. Please contact the walk leader prior to the walk in all cases. Dog owners are asked to keep their pets under close control and to follow the instructions of the walk leader at all times. The dog remains the owner’s responsibility throughout the walk.
What do you do for lunch on an all-day walk?
We often stop for a pub or cafe lunch, but some members prefer to bring their own picnic to eat. If there is no pub or cafe option on an all-day walk, then that will be clearly shown on the walk programme.
How long will the walk take?
The walk distance is shown on the walks programme. Typically walks with short breaks cover about 2 to 2.5 miles per hour at a moderate pace. Factors which can add to the walk time though are large numbers of walkers, difficult terrain including mud and stiles and bad weather.
Can I offer a lift or share a car to get to the walk with another member?
We have a members’ Facebook page and a Twitter account where information like this can be exchanged. If you do car share, please be prepared to share the cost of petrol and any parking.
Do your walks end where they begin?
Most of our walks are roughly circular or figure of eight routes, either way they end up where they start! Occasionally, we have linear walks where we use car shuttles or public transport to return to the start. Transport arrangements will be clearly shown on the walk programme.