After complaining about trying to cross the fence (on right of the photo) I realise there is a hidden stile!

RSS Our Walks Programme – click a walk date for full details and map

  • Wednesday, 4th August 2021: Dursley's Western Loop (A Cotswold Gateway Walk)
    Join the South Cotswold group for a 8.0 mile moderate walk.Woodland and field paths via Dursley, Stinchcombe Hill, Stinchcombe, Lower Cam, Upthorpe, Upper Cam. Terrain 2 Hilly and level mix. Two steep ascents which we will take slowly. Bring a packed lunch.
  • Wednesday, 11th August 2021: A walk by the lakeside(s)
    Join the South Cotswold group for a 7.0 mile moderate walk.An easy walk around the Cotswold Water park, including Cleveland Nature Reserve. Terrain 0 Level. Good paths for the most. One stone type stile. The odd boggy patch on the old railway line. The Gateway Centre has several outdoor eateries plus the indoor Gateway Cafe with lovely views […]
  • Saturday, 14th August 2021: Hilly walk from Bulls Cross
    Join the South Cotswold group for a 10.0 mile moderate walk.Via Snows Farm, Bisley, Eastcombe, Lypiatt, Swift’s Hill, Slad. Terrain 3 Quite hilly. Picnic. No need to book but contact details will be taken for Track and Trace.


We still need one or two offers for the second half of August.

Leaders, please reserve your August walk dates HERE.

September and October walk planning progress HERE.

See photos of some of our walks here, here and here

Current Group Walk Guidelines click here.


Late News

—– Our walks have resumed and you can see details of them below the photo on this Home page —– Photos of our April, May, June and July walks are now on the Photos page —–

Latest on the Message Board

Stonehouse Walking Festival 2021

Stonehouse Walking Festival is scheduled to take place from Friday 10th to Sunday 19th September this year. The Festival includes a wide variety of walks for all abilities. This includes day hikes for fitter walkers through to walks suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs . All the walks are free guided group walks. There are some…

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Latest Update from Ramblers UK (19 July)

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21 July walk postponed to avoid 30 degree temperatures!

NOTE This Wednesday’s lakeside walk led by Janet has been postponed for 3 weeks until Wednesday 11 August to avoid very high temperatures this week.

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Pioneers of Vaccination

Everyone has heard of Edward Jenner of Berkeley, but have you heard of Benjamin Jesty of Dorset? He predated Jenner by many years. READ MORE

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Walks in the future

Further to Ann’s message yesterday, we are now ready to accept your offers to lead our walks. For walks in July and most of August please offer them on our front page as we have been doing recently and they will be published online only. Thanks, Mike Led Walks Coordinator  

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Walks over the next few months

At our committee meeting on July 8th we decided to restart our formal walks programme, initially for 2 months from Aug 31st which will then get us back to our normal 4 monthly routine. We intend to have a fixed Saturday walk, 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays as before but allow flexibility with a mid…

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We now have a Facebook page!

We now have a Facebook Page thanks to Sue J. Click on Read more below and you can find the link We will be working on it to make it as user-friendly as possible.  

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Latest footage of The Ocean Railway Bridge

Thanks to the Stroud Times, here’s a short clip of a drone view of the Ocean at Stonehouse, and the fully cast concrete sections of the new bridge in a nearby field, ready for installation scheduled for December 2021. Click the play button to see the movie. Also a Fast Boat Ride from Ebley…

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Mill pond restoration

Please see this link This may be of interest to the Group as members do walk by the River Frome. Thanks Andrew Hawkins

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A message from across the pond!

We were pleased to receive a message from Richard in Washington DC today. Name – Richard Strub Subject – Thankyou Location (optional) – Washington DC Message – Being able to still find the May 2012 walk and share the link and your website with likeminded friends is a great joy! See photos of the walk…

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Temporary diversions on multi-user path (cycle track)

Temporary diversions are being made on the multi-user path between Nailsworth and Woodchester. The main path over the Newman Hender bridge near Gydynap Lane was shut yesterday (21 June) and will be closed for around 7 days to allow Gloucestershire County Council engineers to bore for samples in preparation for improvements to the bridge. There…

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Current Group Walk Guidelines

The maximum number of walkers allowed on our walks used to be 30 and the leader could choose a lower limit. BUT NOW There is now no need to reserve a place. Just turn up on the day. Walkers’ contact details will be taken and kept for Track and Trace purposes. Please keep the touching…

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Weather Forecasts


We are continuing our ROLLING ONLINE programme until the end of August and welcome more offers.

We are also collecting offers and details of walks to produce a full published PRINTED and ONLINE programme for September and October. See Ann's message HERE and Mike's message HERE 

OFFERS - Leaders - if you wish to lead a group walk or walks, members will be very pleased if you book the date(s) HERE and send details later.

Walkers - do visit our website regularly to see if any more of our walks have been  planned. Leaders are looking forward to welcoming you on their latest walks.

About the South Cotswold Ramblers 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.

Once we are back to normal, (very soon we hope!) why not walk with us on our varied Group walks in the Stroud district including Painswick in this beautiful part of Gloucestershire? Before we had to stop, every week we had been putting on weekly Wednesday and Saturday walks and also two or three Mondays easier walks a month. We would love to see you when the time comes. You will be able to get to know the best rambles 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 our friendly walking group, you will also be supporting the valuable work of Ramblers in Britain and you will also be entitled to walk with any Ramblers' group in Great Britain!  It's easy to join our group here.

Come and try a few walks with us as soon as it is possible, (there is no need to join Ramblers for up to three walks). Our walks are anything from 4 miles at an leisurely pace up to 10 miles or even more. Keep fit, have a chat and see the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside.

VISITORS FROM ABROAD, you will be very welcome to join us on a walk (hike) without being members.

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 three of our walks before joining Ramblers! 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.