News Archive


You never know when something might happen to you while you’re out walking. If you keep emergency contact numbers in your backpack, this will help walks leaders or the emergency services to contact your nearest and dearest in the event of an accident or other emergency.

ICE (In Case of Emergency)

If you enter emergency contacts in your mobile phone address book under the names “ICE1”, “ICE2” etc this will help walks leaders or the emergency services to contact your nearest and dearest in the event of an accident or other emergency.
Your phone must be unlocked and working to make use of this service.

The Deregulation Bill

This bill, which contains key proposals from the Natural England Stakeholder Working Group on unrecorded rights of way, has a cut-off date of 2026. Any historic path that’s not on the definitive map by then will be left off it. If any of you are aware of any such unrecorded but historic routes please let Steve Bainbridge know.

Mike Groom (5)Sad News – Mike Groom has died

We are very sad to report Mike’s death on 7 January 2015. He was a valued member of our committee and created and managed our website. His contributions to the Group will be greatly missed.

Pat Wilson Memorials

Pat's gateThe Meopham & District Footpaths Group’s memorial – a wooden kissing gate – has been erected on the footpath from Meopham Green to Priestwood, at the junction with Whitehill Road. On 3 May 2015 a memorial walk visited the gate, where Pat’s granddaughter Emily and daughter Hilary read the poem written by Alan Smith in tribute to Pat.Signpost - taken by Stephen Mulvaney

The Luddesdown Group has also erected a memorial to Pat.
Stephen Mulvaney kindly sent us this photo.

For details of Pat’s life and achievements please see the dedicated page.

2014 Meopham Parish Paths Survey

Ken and his trusty band have completed the annual survey of all the Rights of Way in Meopham, which can be seen on the Survey page. Walking all the paths in Meopham with clipboard in hand is no mean feat. Ken and his team should be congratulated for their effort. We all benefit from this work and it is much appreciated by the Parish Council.

The Lost Roads of Meopham

In 1971 Jim Carley published a booklet “The Lost Roads of Meopham”. One of our members, Michael Norman, has diligently walked all the original routes to bring the work up to date. “The Lost Roads of Meopham – Forty Years On”.

Gravesham Rights of Way Committee (GROWC)

This committee has been established for many years. As many members are not aware of its existence, Ken Dare has produced these notes.

GROWC is a broadly based and flexible organisation. Its objects are to promote and facilitate the use of public rights of way in the Borough of Gravesham and its surrounding areas. It places importance on encouraging co-operation between statutory and voluntary bodies. Membership is open to any voluntary or statutory organisation in the Gravesham area interested in public rights of way. National and Regional bodies may also send a member. Local Parish and Gravesham Borough Council join the meetings and play an active and informative part.

Meetings are held in February, June and October. Special meetings may be held if required. Subjects coming before the Committee are exceptionally diverse. Items range, for example, from footpath and bridleway matters to the Gravesham Core Strategy and the proposed new Thames crossing – and so much more.

Meopham and District Footpaths Group is represented on the Committee and also represents Meopham Parish Council in the capacity of its Footpaths Wardens. We value the opportunities provided by our membership of GROWC.

New Online Picture Gallery

We collect far too many photos to show in our newsletter or on this site but they are all added to our Picasa Web page after publication of each quarterly newsletter. Here you will find albums dedicated to the North Downs long distance walk, group holidays and social events as well as pictures taken on some of our walks.

If you are a member and would like to add your own photographic talent to the gallery please contact Mags Bown at
publicity [at] meopham-walkers [dot] co [dot]uk.