South Cotswold Ramblers

Long Distance Walks

The Wysis Way backwards 2017

In 2017 Mike and Richard decided to lead us in reverse direction on the Wysis Way, 55 miles,

in spite of saying they would not  lead another Long Distance Walk after completing the Ice Cream Walk in 2014.

Wysis is an invented word derived from Wye to the Isis (as the Thames is called on Oxford). Perhaps we should have called it the Siswy walk! 

Walk 1 Lechlade to Bisley via Sapperton and Oakridge

Walk 2 Bisley to Gloucester via Bulls Cross and Painswick Beacon

Walk 3 Gloucester to Taynton via Tibberton

Walk 4 Taynton to Speculation via May Hill, Mitcheldean and part of the Forest of Dean

Walk 5 Speculation to the Wye at Monmouth via Near Harkening Rock, the Suck Stone and The Kymin


The Ice Cream Walk 2013-2014

On 9 November 2013 we started doing The Ice Cream Walk over 12 months.

This is an 80-mile-walk starting at Winstones on Rodborough Common, heading south towards Bradford on Avon, then following the Mendips to finish on the beach at Uphill near Weston-super-Mare. The object of course is to have an ice cream on every stage. See our photos:

Walk 1 - Rodborough Common to Westonbirt - 9 Nov 2013
Walk 2 - Westonbirt to Castle Combe - 8 Feb 2014
Walk 3 - Castle Combe to South Wraxall - 8 Mar 2014
Walk 4 - South Wraxall to Monkton Combe - 26 April 2014
Walk 5 - Monkton Combe to Hallatrow - 14 June 2014
Walk 6 - Hallatrow to Ubley Drove (Mendips) - 12 July 2014
Walk 7 - Ubley Drove to King's Wood - 2 August 2014

Walk 8 - King's Wood to Uphill near Weston-super-Mare 4 October 2014


Our Previous Long Distance Walks

On Saturday 7 September 2013 a group of walkers from South Cotswold Ramblers completed a trek of the 100-mile-long Gloucestershire Way. The choice of route was influenced by local poets, particularly Ivor Gurney and FWHarvey who provided its theme of "Forest and Vale and High Blue Hill".

It commences in Chepstow, crosses the county via May Hill and Crickley Hill to Stow-on-the-Wold, then doubles back through Winchcombe to Tewkesbury where it finishes at the Abbey.

Our walk was completed in approximately 10-mile-long stages over about 18 months, and the picture above shows usat the end of the walk outside Tewkesbury Abbey.

Walk 1 - Chepstow to Bream - October 2011
Walk 2 - Bream to Plump Hill via the Forest of Dean - March 2012
Walk 3 - Plump Hill to Minsterworth via May Hill - May 2012
Walk 4 - Minsterworth to Twigworth via Gloucester - July 2012
Walk 5 - Twigworth to Barrow Wake - September 2012
Walk 6 - Barrow Wake to Andoversford - October 2012
Walk 7 - Andoversford to Cold Aston - March 2013
Walk 8 - Cold Aston to Condicote via Stow-on-the-Wold - May 2013
Walk 9 - Condicote to Winchcombe - July 2013
Walk 10 - Winchcombe to Tewkesbury - September 2013


Around the Wysis Way - 11 circular walks which covered all the Long Distance Route from Monmouth (R Wye) to Kemble (R Isis or R Thames) - walked from March 2008 - November 2009


Cotswold Canals walks - 8 walks from Framilode (R Severn) to Lechlade (R Thames) - walked April 2009 - October 2010