1984 Change of name

1985 Celebrating 50 years of the Ramblers Association - The Jubilee Walk


The Jubilee walk

It was not until a year later that it’s name was changed from South Gwent RA Group to South Gwent Ramblers. With no increase in membership, it was considered necessary to simplify our name and for our activity to be instantly recognisable to potential members. On a lighter note, our change in name also meant we abandoned the acronym SGRAG.

1985 was the 50th anniversary of the RA. The year was celebrated nationally by a Round Britain Walk, including sections from Chepstow to Monmouth, Pandy and Hay-on-Wye. In Wales, the Cambrian Way was walked in approximately 10-mile sections on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. As a new group, we were pleased to plan and organise the section from Pontypool to Risca.

Both national and Welsh Jubilee walks were well supported by group members.


A unique feature of the SGR jubilee walk was a booklet produced by Alan Booth and Matthew Lewis, which received wide acclaim, notably from Welsh Officer Beverley Penney and Tony Drake, author of “The Cambrian Way” and now a national EC member.

The front page of the booklet is shown here: the booklet is reproduced in full at the end of this survey.