Welcome to the website of the

Four Points Ramble Association

A walking, writing, and charitable fundraising project

A charitable project to support and promote wildlife and heritage conservation, as well as the relief of suffering resulting from illness or deprivation.
A major means of achieving these objectives is through the making of grants to selected charities: either grants of money raised by selling books, or grants of books which the charities may sell, keeping the proceeds of all sales.  The books describe a ramble round England.


About Us Contact The Ramble Progress Report
The Holy Maggots Book One Book Two Book Three
Book Four Book Five Book Six Book Seven
Book Twenty-three Book Twenty-four Book Thirty



About us

The Association is a small group whose main function is to oversee the financial side of the project, in particular the channelling of books and funds to the beneficiary charities. They also help to encourage the walker & writer to keep going. The association includes the four members of the Holy Maggots.

Donations to the Association, other than payments for books, go towards the printing costs of the next book in the series. The full purchase price of each book goes to the beneficiary charities for that book.


Contact

Address: Four Points Ramble Association, 18 Bullfinch Walk, Manchester M21 7RG

Email: saxton_s@yahoo.co.uk
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Note that we also have a Facebook page, which contains a wealth of pictures and further information:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Four-Points-Ramble-Association/402323480386



The Ramble                                                                                         

The Four Points Ramble challenge is to walk to each of the four extremities of England (that is, the northernmost, southernmost, westernmost, and easternmost tips of the mainland), then return to the starting point.  The Four Points Ramble is not a continuous, day-after-day exercise to be started and finished in one go; that would transform a journey that should be enjoyed into one to be endured.  Neither is it creating a new Trail or Way; if others wish to undertake the challenge, the suggestion would be to walk the Four Points by whatever route seems best at the time.

Part of this project is to write books which describe the walk but with digressions related to incidents on the walk or with local connections.  The digressions reflect interests in wildlife, history, literature, music, biography, industrial archaeology (in particular, canals and railways in the age of steam), genealogy, heraldry, church history, topography and story-telling. 
                 
The books are sold mainly through, and wholly on behalf of, local charities. Each charity keeps the full price of any books bought directly from that charity.  The purchase price of books that are sold through the Four Points Ramble Association is divided between the beneficiary charities.
                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                            
 Progress Report
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Grant making progress  As of January 2015, grants totalling £5,732.81 have been made to the 35 beneficiary charities from central sales.  In excess of £1450 has additionally been raised for six of those charities through Holy Maggots concerts, and a further £1000 (including Gift Aid) was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support by three Association members doing a sponsored walk on the Macmillan Way as part of the route of Book 5.
   
   Walking progress.  As of January 2015 the furthest point reached is Culbone in Somerset. This represents 780 miles on a continuous route from Alston in Cumberland.  

   Writing/publication progress. Book One was published in May 2007; Book Two in March 2008; Book Three in November 2008; Book Four in November 2009;  Book Twenty-four in September 2010, Book Five in November 2011, Book Six in December 2012, Book Twenty-three in November 2013, Book Seven in October 2014, and Book Thirty in November 2015.  The first nine books can be purchased from the Association at the Four Points Ramble address above for £7.99 + £1 p&p each; Book Thirty costs £10 + £1 p&p.  Cheques payable to the Four Points Ramble Association. They can also be purchased online from individual charities; see the relevant pages for details for each book.  

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The Holy Maggots   

The Holy Maggots are a four-piece amateur acoustic band playing folk and renaissance dance music, usually in aid of charity.  They play guitar/mandolin/bouzouki; whistles; recorders; and fiddle.


   

                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                        




Book One: Ramble Through West Yorkshirebook1

Book One is a diary of the first 54 miles of the walk (from Gargrave to Hollingworth Lake, via Skipton, Keighley, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, and Todmorden).  It follows the towpaths of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and the Rochdale Canal, as well as sections of the Pennine Way, the Worth Way, the Brontė Way and the Calderdale Way.


  The four charities that have agreed to participate as beneficiaries are:



Book Two: Ramble Past Manchesterbook2

Book Two covers a 37- mile journey through the Pennine foothills and valleys east of Manchester, starting at Rakewood, passing through Delph, Diggle, Uppermill, Mossley, Stalybridge, Woodley, Romiley and Marple, and finishing at the Bowstones, high above Lyme Park.  Trails and paths followed include the towpaths of the Huddersfield Narrow and Peak Forest canals, as well as the Rochdale Way, the Oldham Way, the Crompton Circuit, the Tameside Trail, the Cown Edge Way, the Goyt & Etheridge Valley Way, the Trans-Pennine Trail, and the beginning of the Gritstone Trail.

Click on the image of the cover to view a sample chapter of the book:

The four charities that have agreed to participate as beneficiaries are:


Book Three: East Cheshire and North Staffs Ramblebook3
Book three covers a 60-mile section of the journey south, taking in the East Cheshire and North Staffordshire hills and valleys, followed by the urban landscape of the Potteries.  It begins above Lyme Park, near Disley, passes through Macclesfield, Leek, Burslem, Hanley and Stoke, and ends by the canal in Stone.  Trails and paths followed include the Gritstone Trail, the Staffordshire Way, and the towpaths of the Macclesfield, Caldon, and Trent & Mersey Canals.

Click on the image of the cover to view a sample chapter of the book:

The four charities that have agreed to participate as beneficiaries are:


Book Four: Ramble Through the Heart of Englandbook4

Book Four covers a hundred-mile section of the journey south, starting in Staffordshire and entering four more counties (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, and Northants) as the route swings through the very centre of England.  It begins in Stone, passes through Stafford, Lichfield, Moira, Measham, Stoke Golding, Bedworth and Rugby, and ends, also canalside, in Braunston, Northants.  Trails and paths followed include the Heart of England Way, and the towpaths of eight different canals.

Click on the image of the cover to view a sample chapter of the book:

The four charities that have agreed to participate as beneficiaries are:
This book can be bought online from the following webpage:
http://www.lhcrt.org.uk/ramble.htm

Book Five : Northants & Oxfordshire Ramblebook5

The route covered by this book begins in Braunston, Northants, and first runs east through Welton and Long Buckby to Great Brington, before following the Macmillan Way south-westwards for 37 miles via Farthingstone, Chipping Warden, Claydon, Warmington and Shenington to Traitor's Ford.  It then proceeds south via Hook Norton, Great Tew, Steeple Aston, Woodstock, Church Hanborough and Eynsham and finishes in Wolvercote near Oxford.

Click on the image of the cover to view a sample chapter of the book:

The four charities that have agreed to participate as beneficiaries are:
This book can be bought online from the following webpage:
http://www.wildlifebcn.org/node/14464

Book Six : Upper Thames & Wiltshire Ramblebook6

The route covered by this book begins in Wolvercote near Oxford, and runs through Oxford City, down the River Thames to Sandford, then south via Nuneham Courtenay, Clifton Hampden and Long Wittenham to Didcot; north again via Culham to Abingdon, then west via Marcham and Kingston Bagpuize to the Thames at Duxford, along the Thames via Bampton to Buscot; then south via Coxwell to Ashbury, along the Ridgeway to Chisledon, south via Marlborough to Pewsey; west again along the Kennet & Avon Canal, then along Wansdyke, to Devizes; then via Lacock and Melksham to finish at Bradford-on-Avon.

Click on the image of the cover to view a sample chapter of the book:  

The four charities that have agreed to participate as beneficiaries are:
This book can be bought online from the following webpage:
http://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/Shop/Upper-Thames-and-Wiltshire-Ramble-Book


Book Seven : Ramble Through Somersetbook7

The route covered by this book begins in Bradford-on-Avon, and follows the Macmillan Way into Somerset, via Beckington, Nunney, Stourhead, Bruton, Castle Cary, Langport, Aller, Burrowbridge and Moorland.  It then leaves the Macmillan way, following the Bridgwater & Taunton canal to Taunton before crossing the Quantocks to Nether Stowey, then recrossing theQuantocks to Bicknoller, Williton, Watchet, Washford, Dunster, Minehead and Porlock, finishing at Culbone.

Click on the image of the cover to view a sample chapter of the book:  

The four charities that have agreed to participate as beneficiaries are:



Book Twenty-three: Cumberland & Westmorland Ramblebook23

Book 23 begins in Alston in the North Pennines and takes a route through Penrith, past Ullswater to Patterdale, over the ridge to Thirlmere, then via the Vale of St John to Keswick. From Keswick it goes over Catbells and High Spy to Honister, then via Moses' Trod and Aaron Slack to Esk Hause, before descending to Langdale. From there it climbs Swirl How, then skirts Lake Coniston, crosses Windermere, passes Staveley and Kendal, and finishes in Arnside by Morecambe Bay, the starting-point of Book 24.  Trails and paths followed include short sections of the Cumbria Way, the Dales Way, and the Limestone Link.

Click on the image of the cover to view a sample chapter of the book:

The four charities that have agreed to participate as beneficiaries are:

Book Twenty-four: Ramble Through North Lancashirebook24

Book 24 begins in Arnside by Morecambe Bay, and takes a route through Carnforth and Lancaster before climbing into the hills of the Forest of Bowland.  It then descends to Chipping and Whalley before traversing Pendle.  From Barrowford, it proceeds north-eastwards to Gargrave and the starting-point of Book One.  Trails and paths followed include the towpaths of the Lancaster and the Leeds & Liverpool canals, as well as the Wyre Way, the Pendle Way, and the Pennine Way.

Click on the image of the cover to view a sample chapter of the book:

The four charities that have agreed to participate as beneficiaries are:
This book can be purchased online from the following website page:
http://www.lctrust.co.uk/pages/posts/ramble-through-north-lancashire359.php

The Four Points Ramble Association is very grateful to the Co-operative Bank for a grant of £500 towards the printing costs of this book from their Community Directplus Customer Donation Fund.


Book Thirty: Ramble Through Nossexbook 30

Book 30 recounts a turning aside from onward progress in the journey southwards, and an exploration of the curious and little-known county of Nossex.  The gradual discovery of the peculiar culture of this most secret of counties, partly through interaction with the contemporary inhabitants, and partly through hearing the Twelve Tales of Nossex, gives opportunities to reflect on the nature of Christian community.

Click on the image of the cover to view two sample chapters of the book:


This book is sold in aid of a number of different Christian charities.