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Bolton CHA Rambling Club

The Friendly Ramblers since being founded in 1905
We extend a warm welcome to all walkers and lovers of the countryside.
We’re based in Bolton, Lancashire and have members of all ages and from a range of backgrounds.

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Bolton CHA Rambling Club was founded in 1905, and celebrated its centenary year in 2005. The CHA itself was founded in 1891.

The birth of The Countrywide Holidays Association (C.H.A.) was in the small mill town of Colne in Lancashire. In 1891 a prominent figure in the town, TA Leonard, took a party of 30 young men on holiday to Ambleside, in the Lake-District, and to Caernarfon the following year.

The holidays were intended to improve the lives of working people and were an alternative to the excesses of the local wakes weeks.
In January 1897, the draft constitution of The Association was drawn up at the Manchester YMCA and a small company was founded to make The Association a legal entity, with the title The Cooperative Holidays Association.

A head office was established in Manchester in 1908 and by 1936 30,837 guest weeks were enjoyed at 37 centres at home and abroad.

In 1964, the name was changed to The Countrywide Holidays Association, thereby keeping the same initials. In the 1990’s the original company ceased trading but many of the associated clubs across the country continued to function and many also retained their original CHA name. Bolton CHA Rambling Club remains very active and we welcome and encourage new members to join us and enjoy the simple pleasure of walking in the beautiful Lancashire countryside and beyond.


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Why not try us out first? 

Feel free to try us out a couple of times first, before joining. If you then decide to join us, for a modest annual fee, you can enjoy guided walks exploring the hidden delights of rural Lancashire and beyond.

• Choose a walk from the Walks menu
• Check the starting point from the Postcodes menu
• It would be a good idea, but not necessary, to contact us if you are joining us so we can advise you of any last minute schedule changes.
• Just turn up at the starting point bringing suitable clothing, footwear, packed lunch and a drink.

Choose an easy-going walk to start with and move up to greater challenges later if you wish.

When you are ready to join, adult membership is currently £12.00 per annum and junior membership (under 16) is £6.00 per annum. Refer to the online PDF application form below. Should you need a PDF reader you can download it HERE

To contact the Membership Secretary, phone Gill on 01204 695567 or 07909 991267
Or, for general queries, email admin@boltoncha.org.uk
Please leave your name, telephone number and email address when emailing. 

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Membership Secretary:
Gill: 01204 695567 / 07909 991267
Audrey: 07787 385055
Christine: 07732 192129
Email : admin@boltoncha.org.uk
Please leave your name, telephone number and email address when emailing.

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