South Cotswold Ramblers

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South Cotswold Ramblers

South Cotswold Ramblers is a very active group, one out of nearly 500 in England, Scotland and Wales who are part of Ramblers, Britain's walking charity. Walk with us on our varied Group walks in the Stroud district including Painswick, in this beautiful part of Gloucestershire.

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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Please can you help Bernard get to a Monday walk?

Bernard has done sterling work for our group for many years. He is still keen to walk with us, especially on the Monday leisurely walks, but is now unable to drive. Please can you be kind enough to consider giving him a lift on the odd occasion, either from Brimscombe, or he could catch a…

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Brecon Holiday – message from the Chair

We have now returned from our Brecon Holiday and I think I can say it was very much enjoyed by all. I would like to thank very much the organisers for putting on such a splendid event. Denys for sorting out our arrangements with HF and Mike for helping him out and for putting on…

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Parking at Cripplegate (Shortwood) Car Park

To leaders thinking of starting walks from the Cripplegate car park at Haresfield (near the topograph) please note that the National Trust have introduced a donation car park charge of £2. Payment is by way of an honesty box. If you are a member of National Trust please display your sticker on the windscreen. Richard

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Songs of Love and War at St Cyrs

A concert in aid of the restoration of the Cotswold Canals Sunday 2nd October 2016, 7:30 pm at St Cyr’s Church, Stonehouse Featuring…  Ensemble I.a.t.B — The mixed wind and brass ensemble. Led by Steve Harper  The Cotswold Canals Singers — Conductor Hugh Barton  Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) Under 16s free From Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre Wallbridge…

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Dursley Walking Festival, Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th October 2016

The full programme is now available from the Dursley Welcomes Walkers website There are 22 walks this year including 2 led by South Cotswold Ramblers. There is a wide range of walks including special interest walks and there are social events too. I hope you will find a walk and/or event that appeals to…

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Ramblers has a new Chief Executive

Vanessa Griffiths has been appointed Ramblers’ new Chief Executive. Vanessa joins the Ramblers from National Trust Wales, where she is responsible for leading the Trust’s North Wales team of staff and volunteers. With more than 10 years experience in the charity sector, Vanessa has also previously successfully led Groundwork North Wales – a social enterprise…

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Sidmouth, Devon Holiday 23-28 April 2017

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, so have a look at the June newsetter page 2 and let Ann know asap.  UPDATE Ann reports, “I will be sending the deposits…

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Starting Place Maps

On the latest Walks Programme there is now a link. This takes you to the Ramblers Walksfinder page, and the maps there are rather small. By public acclaim I have now had a rethink. If you first click the one to go to Ramblers website, you should then spot a longer map link. Click this and you can…

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Our New Website

Welcome to our new website! Mike and Sally have been beavering away for many months now, ably assisted and inspired by Mark, our adviser, and here we are! If you are looking at our NEWER photos, try clicking the photo and the screen will darken. You are now in slide show mode. Click the arrow…

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Brecon Holiday

Holiday from Mon 12 to Fri 16 September 2016. Updated 21 August 2016 Swimmers – don’t forget your cossies for the indoor heated pool! LATEST NEWS Proposed walking programme: Monday 12th. 11.00 for 11.30 start. Meet at HF House, Brecon. Gentle walk up Honddu valley. 5m. 2.5 hours. Bring a picnic. Access to House at…

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Group Walking Holiday – organiser needed

We are still looking for an organiser/coordinator for an Autumn holiday next year. Anyone who wishes to know more please contact Richard, Mike or Ann A. Lots of practical advice available. 10/09/2016

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Why not try our Sociable Monday 4 mile Leisurely Walks?

1st, 3rd and 5th MONDAYS Start at 10:30 Finish by 1pm Newcomers, just turn up 10 minutes earlier with comfy boots and give it a go. We won’t leave you behind!

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