South Cotswold Ramblers


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Our Upcoming Walks - try a walk with our friendly group

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  • Saturday, 25th March 2017: Daneway Ridge Walk
    Join the South Cotswold group for a 6.0 mile moderate walk.Sapperton, Siccaridge, Far Oakridge, Oakridge and back along canal path. Woods, fields, lanes and canal-side paths. Terrain 2 Hilly and level mix. Meal possible in pub at end. Please order before walk.
  • Wednesday, 29th March 2017: Chavenage, Avening, haven of delight!
    Join the South Cotswold group for a 5.0 mile moderate walk.Lodgemore Bottom and Pond, Avening Park, Avening Church, Macmillan Way, Chavenage House. Terrain 1 Just one climb.
  • Saturday, 1st April 2017: Seven by the Severn
    Join the South Cotswold group for a 7.0 mile moderate walk.Mostly flat walk along the Severn and the Coombe Hill Canal. Terrain 0 Level. May be muddy! Opportunity to visit Odda's Chapel and/or the Church at Deerhurst. Both are well worth a visit. No Pubs or Cafes at the start, but several within easy reach.
  • Monday, 3rd April 2017: Five Farms Frolic
    Join the South Cotswold group for a 3.5 mile leisurely walk.Skinners Mill, Stark Hill, Packhurst, Edge Hill and Washbrook Farms. Terrain 2 Hilly and level mix. Hills will be taken slowly. Pubs in Painswick. 
  • Wednesday, 5th April 2017: Hope To See Lots Of Yew There
    Join the South Cotswold group for a 7.5 mile moderate walk.Starting in Painswick and passing through the hamlet of Edge. Terrain 3 Quite hilly. Mainly on footpaths, which are likely to be very wet, and with many stiles. Please bring a picnic.
  • Saturday, 8th April 2017: Stained Glass Walk
    Join the South Cotswold group for a 12.0 mile moderate walk.Bibury, Coln St Aldwyns, Hatherop, Fairford, Quenington. Terrain 2 Hilly and level mix. Picnic lunch.

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.

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—– All walks OK —–Leaders, we now welcome your date offers for July to October – see Leaders-Walk Planning Progress page —– Photos up to Saturday 18 March done —– Sidmouth holiday still possible – you can leave it until Easter to book if there are any spaces left – see MB —–

Denys needs transport again

Denys has now been moved into the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. He and Caroline have been extremely grateful for the transport to his radiotherapy sessions given by group members. Update 24 March Brian will be contacting members with cars large enough to take a folding wheelchair to kindly run Denys into Cheltenham for revised…

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Printer/Scanner needs a good home!

“I have just replaced my colour ink-jet printer and scanner (Hewlett Packard Photosmart C5180 All-in-one) with a laser printer. The ink-jet printer is in full working order but I got fed up with the spending on replacement cartridges. If anyone would like the printer it would save it being scrapped and they are welcome to…

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If you’re walking past do pop in for coffee!

Dear Walkers & Ramblers, The Bird Park at Prinknash has just opened a new Visitor Centre and we have a fantastic new tea room which you can come into without removing your boots! There are huge balconies overlooking the Reindeer Enclosure, lakes and the park itself. There are smart toilets and we are really quick…

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Safeguarding Policy – Children on Walks

Safeguarding Policy – Children on Walks Ramblers have now given all Groups guidance about children on Group Walks. It is very rare that we do see children on our walks, but leaders need to be aware of the new guidance in case anyone under 18 turns up on your walk. See Leaders – News and…

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Offers to be Parish Footpath Checkers

Following Richard’s appeal in the the last newsletter for members to check all rights of way in a particular parish, we are now starting to get offers for several parishes and would be pleased to hear from more members. There are 60 parishes from Coberley and Cowley to Westonbirt and Shipton Moyne, and from Arlingham…

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You can book the Sidmouth holiday up until a week before we go!

Ramblers Holidays has told Ann A that they are happy to accept bookings for the Sidmouth holiday up until Easter (for our departure on Sunday April 23rd). Also if anyone wants to do a shorter version of the holiday, they are prepared to accept that. This is all subject to there being rooms available, of…

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Stroud Symphony Orchestra tickets now available

Pianist extraodinaire Katya Apekisheva Mike now has tickets for the concert on Saturday 25 March. The music is an interesting mix of music, with Katya Apekisheva playing the Schumann piano concerto. Players are enjoying preparing the Vaughan Williams London Symphony and they will  start the concert off with a lively Russian overture by Glinka. Full…

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Personal Notice from Denys

Some of you have been aware of my non-appearance on recent walks. What started as a pain in the left hip has now has now been confirmed as malignant spread from the original bladder cancer into the ileum bone of the pelvis. I’m expecting to start radiotherapy soon. In the meantime, thank you for all…

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