South Cotswold Ramblers


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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
Amazing views from Swifts Hill, Slad

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—– Evening walks – we just need 1 more volunteer, see Leaders-Walk Planning Progress page —– All photos up to Wednesday 19 April done —–

Dr Denys Thompson’s Funeral is on Tuesday 2 May

PS If coming please reply in the next 2-3 days to help Caroline. Thanks. Mike 21 April From the Stroud News and Journal:- THOMPSON Dr Denys Ridley – Died peacefully at Leckhampton Hospice on April 13th 2017 aged 75. Caroline, Nick, Annabelle, Dom and Jaime invite you to the funeral and celebration of his life…

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Daneway Portal New Kissing Gate

The South Cotswold Ramblers have financed a new kissing gate next to the Daneway Portal of the Thames and Severn Canal near Sapperton. Ramblers have long queued by the slope, waiting for short legged ramblers to struggle over the high fence. The route then continues up the field to Sapperton Church and is part of…

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Come Bowling with Brian – Friday 12 May

Brian Ruther writes, “I play bowls at Nailsworth Mills Bowls Club, and on Friday 12 May we have an open evening for anyone who would like to try their hand at it and we would be very pleased to welcome you along from 6:30 pm.” See their website here and here. If you head for Nailsworth…

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Sad news about George Lodge

We have just heard the sad news that George Lodge, a stalwart member of Stroud Rambling Club, died yesterday, 6 April. I expect many of you knew him. Update 10 April. George’s funeral will be on Tuesday 25th April at 11.30am at St Matthew’s Church, Cainscross. Please note that parking is tight at the church.…

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The Wysis Way series of five walks 2017

All welcome – each walk is very attractive in its own right, so no need to do the lot, unless you want to! The second instalment takes place on Saturday, 6 May (meet 09:20 at Robinswood Hill, Gloucester) and is the next day walk across Gloucestershire, eventually reaching Wales and the river Wye at Monmouth. This is in…

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Bisley Tea Room now open

Hi Ramblers, We have opened a tearoom in Bisley shop selling teas and coffees to drink in situ or take away. We also serve cakes and hot food and would be grateful if ou could pass this information on to you members. Thank you, Tom 01452 771203

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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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