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Arthur's obituary notes

posted 25 Jan 2018, 07:12 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 25 Jan 2018, 07:13 ]

As requested here is Arthur's obituary to Mike Berry published elsewhere.

In memory of Mike Berry


I first met Mike 25 years ago when he was charged, with others from the Southend (S.E.Essex) Ramblers, to form a new group, which became the Rochford and Castle Point Ramblers. I became its first joining member and part of its founding committee. Mike already had 20 years of experience with the Ramblers and he led the formation of the group in the same way that he led his walks, well prepared and high standards, and where he was fully in control. He and I introduced a new style of walks programme including the Tuesday walk which has remained so popular. From the outset he was determined not to rival S.E. Essex, but to complement it, and he remained an active member of that group.

He held several positions, including chairman for 21 years, then unable to carry on because of illness. But in every position it was Mike fully in charge! Throughout those years Mike was also an active member of Essex Area and it was fitting that he should lead the first leg, Hadleigh to Hockley, of the new Essex Area Walk, H 2 S to mark the Olympic Games 2012. He attended numerous public enquiries about the status of footpaths. Mike not only encouraged others to lead walks he also participated in them and would take over from any leader unable to do their walk. Notably, following the successful Peddars Way, led by Chris Lewis, taking on the North Norfolk Path when Chris became ill! And assisting the late Christine Parr, then terminally ill, on her last walk.

Under his leadership the Group organised many other long distance (by stages) walks including the Grand Union Canal, London to Birmingham with all of its arms; The Thames Walk, The Kennett and Avon Canal, The London Loop; and The Capital Ring, all in addition to the weekly walks throughout Essex and beyond. Mike participated in almost every one of them and, as always, with his loving wife Barbara by his side!

Mike had many qualities including being thoroughly professional and responsible with a keen eye to detail. Perhaps his greatest strength, which served him and our Group well, was his support of others when he knew they were doing a good job, and his uncanny knack in persuading others to take office and lead walks.

Our Group was all the better for having Mike and we were privileged to have him as our friend and walking companion. God Bless you Mike.


Arthur Cooke


Walking in the Canaries

posted 25 Jan 2018, 07:07 by Ralph Burtonshaw

Hi Ralph
Sunning in the mountains of Tenerife. You might  like to put the following on the site.

Walking in the Canaries

Instead of carrying a paper map and guidebook, Discovery Walking Guides - Walk! (name of island) are good value.

You can download the whole books, good maps or individual walks into your phone's GPS app. I tried this onto the free maps found on Viewranger and you could put the phone in my pocket as it dings at every waypoint and change of direction.

I have tried some of the walks on la Gomera and north Tenerife, and found them interesting and often different from those in the usual guides.

A Message From the Berry Family

posted 20 Jan 2018, 04:57 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 20 Jan 2018, 04:58 ]

Dear Ralph, 

Please could you extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended Michaels funeral on Thursday.  It really was a most lovely scene to arrive at the crematorium and see so many people waiting for him in the winter sunshine, and to then give him such a memorable send off into ramblers heaven.  We really were very humbled, and still are, by the care and respect in which he was clearly held.  It also was so nice for Barbara to see old friends again, especially as she can’t get out and about so much these days.

Special thanks also go to Arthur, for volunteering to say a few words and sharing some of Mike’s walking moments.  Hopefully, between us, we summed up who Dad was and what he did for us all. 

We are now looking to arrange a memorial bench to be placed along a favourite walking route, so we’ll keep you posted on what happens there.

With Kind Regards and Best Wishes to all the RC Ramblers - “keep rambling”! Mike is sure to be walking alongside, wherever you go.

The Berry family





Mike Berry

posted 22 Dec 2017, 03:25 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 25 Jan 2018, 07:16 ]

We regret to announce the death of Mike Berry who passed away at 6:45 yesterday in Elizabeth House care home, Benfleet, where he had been a resident.

Mike was a founding member of the Rochford and Castle Point group and in February 2016 was presented with a good service certificate from The Ramblers for this and for being our chairman for over 21 years.

Sadly this was to be about the last time that Mike was able to join us on our walks as his health deteriorated rapidly from then.

Our thoughts are with Barbara and her family at this time.

Walk 19th. December

posted 19 Dec 2017, 06:45 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 19 Dec 2017, 06:45 ]

Thanks to Chris Lewis for leading us on a brisk and chilly walk today.
Our best wishes go to Ron, who was supposed to be leading us. I know Ron doesn't usually look at the website but perhaps someone (Eddie?) can bring it to his notice and pass on our hope to see him back with us in the New Year.

The pictures below are courtesy of Cheryl.

Walk Tuesday 19th December 2017.

posted 12 Dec 2017, 08:42 by Edward Short   [ updated 12 Dec 2017, 08:43 ]

This walk will now start from Riffhams Chase, Danbury, GR, TL780-068. It will be led by Chris Lewis/Mick Ridley and start at 10:00.
Please contact leaders prior to walk, to confirm any change of plans such as cancellation due to weather conditions on 01268-757825 

Tuesday 14th November 2017 Walk

posted 13 Nov 2017, 05:04 by Edward Short

Sadly this walk has been cancelled

Walk Tuesday 27th March

posted 9 Nov 2017, 12:43 by Edward Short   [ updated 9 Nov 2017, 22:23 ]

New walks program

posted 6 Nov 2017, 06:39 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 6 Nov 2017, 06:40 ]

The walks program for December to April is now available here.
As usual a big thankyou to Eddie for his hard work putting the program together and, of course, to the walk leaders without whom there would be no walks.

If you would like to lead a walk then speak to any committee member for advice. Or if you have an idea for a walk but don't feel that you would be able to lead it then let us know. New leaders and ideas are always welcome.

Exciting new 20s and 30s opportunity

posted 6 Nov 2017, 06:35 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 6 Nov 2017, 06:35 ]

Hello Ramblers

Hike Essex are about to launch a new opportunity for those in their 20s and 30s!  

Do you have a son/daughter, niece/nephew, grandson/granddaughter or friend in their 20s or 30s who loves Rambling, but won’t come out with your group? Then this is the opportunity for them.....

We’re looking for walk leaders and supporters to help establish a new group specifically aimed at Ramblers in their 20s and 30s! Initially we are looking for walks of any distance on either a Saturday or Sunday of your choice!

If you know anyone who would be interested in joining or supporting this group, ask them to come along to the Hike Essex AGM on the 11th November at Bellingham lane SS6 7ED Rayleigh at 7pm

or contact Becky on

We look forward to seeing them soon!

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