The Footpaths Section is one of the oldest sub-committees of The Society. Its main functions are:

Publishing books of walks

Helping to preserve rights of way.

The section’s chairman is Nick Umney. He may be contacted on 01732 455116 or by email at

Click on the relevant text for details of the section’s activities and information about forthcoming walks.


layer2The Society has installed a bench to commemorate the late Rowland Oakeley, the founder of our Footpaths Section, leader of 234 walks between 1971 and 1982, and author of the first four volumes of our walks booklets.

The bench is located in the “Chevening Keyhole” on the North Downs Way, looking down on Chevening House. A special walk was held in July 2014 to dedicate the bench. Some 30 walkers celebrated with champagne, and the tape was cut by Rowland’s son Dr Henry Oakeley.