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About the South Cotswold Ramblers Group

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions about walking with the group

South Cotswold Ramblers Group is one out of nearly 500 in England, Scotland and Wales who are part of Ramblers, Britain's walking charity. VISIT RAMBLERS WEBSITE HERE.

Walk with us on our varied Group walks in the Stroud district including Painswick, in this beautiful part of Gloucestershire. Every week we walk between two and four times.

Get to know the best walks around the Five Valleys around Stroud including the Slad Valley made famous in Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie, Westonbirt, Nailsworth, Berkeley, Slimbridge, Dursley, Frampton-on-Severn, Wotton-under-Edge and Tetbury as well as our regular walks outside this superb walking area.

Try rambling with us (also known to some of you as hiking, walking or strolling) .

If you decide to join, you will be supporting the valuable work of Ramblers in Britain and you will also be entitled to walk with any Ramblers' group in Great Britain!

Please give our thriving and friendly group a try - you will be very welcome.

Come and try a few walks with us soon, anything from 4 miles at an easy pace up to 10 miles or even more. Keep fit with our friendly group and see the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside.

Overseas visitors, please come for a hike/walk or a stroll with us and practice your English!

CARING FOR FOOTPATHS AND OTHER RIGHTS OF WAY - our volunteer members keep an eye on the local footpath network, working with Gloucestershire Public Rights of Way (PRoW) Officers to help solve problems. Tell us about footpath problems here online.

FOOTPATH VOLUNTEERS - some of our members clear and waymark paths, and erect and repair signposts and stiles. Could you help? 

WALK IN THE COTSWOLDS - You do not have to be a member to try a few of our walks before joining! We lead varied walks each weekend and mid week in the scenic South Cotswolds. see a map of our home area.

VISIT OUR HUGE PHOTO GALLERY - Our regularly updated walks photos show you our delightful area and the people who take part!

SOCIAL EVENTS & HOLIDAYS - we also arrange enjoyable walking holidays for our members and social events.

VISIT AGAIN - if you have enjoyed looking at our website, please visit again. Send us a message if you wish. We usually update the website several times a week. Good walking.

Swifts Hill - Slad
Swifts Hill - Slad

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Latest News

—– All walks are as planned —– Just 5 places left for our Annual Festive Lunch (see Messages and contact Sally straightaway if interested) — Latest photos from Miserden, Oakridge and Hawkesbury Upton walks are now viewable —–

Winter Weather and Walks!

If there is any doubt about a walk at this time of year due to the weather, don’t forget to check with the leader and/or look at our website for more information.

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Richard’s Interview on Radio Gloucestershire

Before we set off this misty morning on our 7 mile walk from Miserden, Richard our leader was interviewed live for Radio Gloucestershire. You can listen on THIS LINK (go to our Message Board and click READ MORE to see the link which is valid for just 30 days)  and wind on to just after 50 minutes.  Well done…

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Founder Member of our Group Joyce Longhurst dies, aged 99

A few of you may remember Joyce Longhurst, who greeted me along with Margaret Taylor and Ruth Cook when I attended my first group AGM in 1987. The trio of charming ladies persuaded me to join the Committee there and then and the rest is history (writes Mike Garner). Penny Fernando writes, “Sadly, Joyce Longhurst…

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Know Maurice? He’d love a call or a text!

Walkers who remember Maurice from Berkeley, now in Sheffield, might like to give him a short call or greet him with a text message on 07912 552075. He rang Mike recently, and is still in the home. His sister looks after his dog, and brings him in regularly.

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Janet Davis is retiring – who’s she? you may ask

Many members attended the unveiling ceremony of Tony Drake’s memorial in Hambutts Field, Painswick in May 2013. Janet was the lady from London who had worked with Tony since the 1980’s on all sorts of legal footpath matters. She is now retiring and will be much missed. See our new page Tony Drake – who…

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Fancy a walking holiday? Come with the group next April

Sidmouth, Devon Holiday 23-28 April 2017 As you may have heard, Ann A is organising a walking holiday 23 – 28 April 2017 and reports that there are still a few places left. There will be a choice of two walks each day, and also plenty of other things for you or a partner to…

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Reminder about the Annual Lunch

There are just 5 spaces left for our Annual Lunch. (45 people coming). Details and menu are on pages 4 and 5 of the October 2016 newsletter (Group>Newsletters). If you want to reserve a place, call me STRAIGHTAWAY on 01453 872729 or email me at Sally  

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Frocester footpath – we need your help

Can you help re-open a footpath at Frocester? Please click on the Footpaths drop down menu and choose the third link. Thank you. Mike

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Ramblers Holidays will pay the S Cots money – if you ask!

Each newsletter Ramblers Holidays pays the group and we are very grateful as it helps towards paper newsletter production. Follow this link for news of their Adagio holidays. Don’t forget to tell them you belong to South Cotswold Ramblers if you book for a Ramblers or Adagio holiday, as it can be worth £10, £20 or…

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