About Our Group
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. The Ramblers was established in 1935, and in the early days was divided into Areas, originally a West of England Area, and later subdivided into counties such as Gloucestershire.
In the 1970's local Groups were started including our Group, which was first known as the Stroud and District Footpath Group (1973). then South Gloucestershire RA Group (1981). With Local Government reorganisation in 1996 and the setting up of a new South Gloucestershire local authority (replacing Northavon) further south, we decided we had to change our name yet again to South Cotswold Ramblers Group.
As part of the Diamond Jubilee of Ramblers celebrations in 1995, we published our first walks book 12 Favourite Walks in the South of Gloucestershire (60 miles of walking), followed this up with More Favourite Walks in the South Cotswolds in 1999, and did a revised and extended version of our first book in 2006, Favourite South Cotswold Walks Book One. Well over 10,000 books were sold over 20 years.
Our website was set up in 2000, and the rise of email and the internet has changed things greatly. Our membership has now grown to about 400, with about 160 people regularly walking with us. We now arrange between 2 and 4 walks a week and since 1995 have organised two walking holidays every year for our members.
SO, why not come and walk with us to 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.
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 before deciding - you will be very welcome.
Come and try a few walks with us soon, anything from 4 miles at a leisurely pace up to 10 or 12 miles. Keep fit with our friendly group and see the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside.
Overseas Visitors are very welcome to walk with us and have a chat with some local people in this lovely area.
Some of our volunteers keep an eye on the local footpath network, working with Gloucestershire Public Rights of Way (PRoW) Officers to help solve problems, and we welcome everyones' help in keeping an eye on our paths in our 60 parishes. Please tell us about local footpath problems here online.