The Downs and Weald Rambling Group is an independent rambling and hill walking group first established back in October 1955 by an enthusiastic young set of friends in Surrey. The Ramblers Association had been in existence since 1935, and today we continue to endorse the work of this charitable body which campaigns on countryside matters and encourages more people to take up walking.
DWRG pays an annual subscription to the Ramblers Association to be an affiliated club which entitles us to some useful benefits. DWRG is also a member of The Walking Partnership – supported by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. More details can be found here.
The club is run by wholly by volunteers and on a not-for-profit basis. Walks and social activities are led by members. We do all our own admin, we have a club bank account, and we have an elected committee to manage club funds in line with a short and simple constitution. You can read it here.
DWRG has no governing body but it does have to meet some basic requirements of its bank and insurer. A policy is in place for civil liability insurance, valid within the UK only. This insurance covers each person on our current membership database. You can read our policy here.
We endorse Natural England’s Countryside Code that applies in England and Wales, and as part of our joining process ask members to abide by the Code.
The Weald is the name given to an area in South East England situated between the parallel chalk escarpments of the North and South Downs. It crosses the counties of East and West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Surrey. It was once a vast forest, and woodland still covers 23% of the total area. The Downs and the Weald offer excellent walking.
DWRG celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2015. You can read more about our past in the History section.