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. Visitors from abroad, please come for a hike or a stroll with us.

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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Messages Galore today – Click Messages next to Home to see them all. ———— All walks are as planned. Bring plenty of water and some sunblock as it seems to be summer at the moment!

Upcoming Walks

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  • Saturday, 27th August 2016: Walk the Fun Run
    Join the South Cotswold group for a 7.5 mile strenuous walk.Winchcombe, Waterhatch, Roel Gate, Deadmanbury Gate, Sudley Lodge, Winchcombe. Terrain 3 Quite hilly. A very steady climb and descent with minimal stiles. Bring a snack. Cafes and pubs in Winchcombe after walk.
  • Monday, 29th August 2016: Miserden Monday
    Join the South Cotswold group for a 3.8 mile leisurely walk.Skirting the park and out through Wishanger, back to Miserden through Througham. Terrain 1 Not much climbing. Food available at the Carpenters Arms after walk. We usually order before the walk.
  • Wednesday, 31st August 2016: View the vale
    Join the South Cotswold group for a 6.0 mile moderate walk.A fairly easy walk with views over the Severn Vale and skirting Dyrham Park. Terrain 1 Not much climbing.


Walk About

Walk About is the nationwide Ramblers’ Walking Festival that runs from Saturday 3 – Sunday 11 September. South Cotswold Group has four walks included in the festival. Come along, bring your friends, relations and anyone really. Get more news at

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Re the Tewkesbury photos. Your photographer asked what elvering was. It is of course the practice of fishing for baby eels in the Severn. I can remember the days when fishermen used to come round selling them from vans. Nowadays the demand from the Japanese market makes them very valuable and difficult to acquire locally.…

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Miserden Monday gentle walk – Bank Holiday Monday 29 August

Ann reports, “My walk on Monday has one long but gentle descent but it is very stony under foot, needless to say what goes down has to go up and there is one fairly steep ascent.” Mike adds, “Don’t let that put you off, we won’t be rushing!”

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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 a link instead of our usual map 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 the…

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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 Developments

Ann A is organising a walking holiday 23 – 28 April 2017 at Sidmouth with Ramblers Holidays 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. We are still looking…

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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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