Yes it's that time of year

It's that time of year, in case you hadn't noticed.

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—– When our walks resume, you will be able to see our walk updates/changes on our Message Board —– Photos done up to Wednesday 11 March and Isolation Walk photos are on the same menu —– See all our holiday photos at Group >Group Holiday Photos. —–

Latest on the Message Board

Progressive Energy

On March 10, The local Institution of Mechanical Engineers is hosting an online talk by Chris Manson-Whitton, Director of Stonehouse based Progressive Energy. Chris is going to speak on his company’s plans for the production, storage and distribution of hydrogen which will be used as a replacement for natural gas.  All are invited.  For more…

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Slow Ways

We were recently sent this message about Slow Ways that might be of interest to South Cots members: As I understand it Slow Ways is a new organisation who, working in collaboration with Ordnance Survey, have developed a proposed network of 110,000 km of existing pathways to join all towns and cities and thousands of…

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Latest Ramblers’ update

LATEST UPDATE Leaders and walkers. On 23 February 2021 Ramblers UK (click to read more) confirmed that it had reviewed the situation, and the national lockdown is continulng. Walkers are only allowed to walk for exercise on their own, with members of their household bubble, or with one other person.

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Ocean Rail Bridge installation now planned for December 2021

As you may know Network Rail and their contractors Alun Griffiths Construction Ltd have been working hard towards a fixed date for the replacement of the Ocean Rail Bridge in Stonehouse. We heard today that this programme has been re-programmed until Winter 2021. We hope that this message from Dave Marshall at Stroud District Council…

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Group changes and Newsletter

At our AGM (via Zoom) on 14th January there were some changes of officers. Ann A is now Chair, Sally Vice Chair and Ros is Membership Secretary. Brian W is continuing as Treasurer, Andrew as Secretary and Malcolm as Footpath Secretary. Mike is continuing as Walks Co-ordinator (when walks are permitted) and Richard is remaining…

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In the Clink

Eagled eyed members will have notice that Ramblers in London have moved office, see below, from Camelford House to The Ramblers, 1 Clink Street, 3rd Floor, London SE1 9DG. Read about Clink Street here and the Museum here.

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Petition about now ex-footpath above Winchcombe See above a link to the petition about the now ex footpath above Winchcombe. Last time I tried to cross here in the summer it was almost impassable due to the pipework excavations. Jill  

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New Railway Bridge over the canal at The Ocean, Stonehouse

At our recent AGM, Jim White told members that the towpath in the vicinity of The Ocean at Stonehouse would be closed for the replacement of the Railway bridge over the canal by The Ocean. The new bridge components are being precast in sections in an adjacent field in the next few months and will…

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Don’t Lose Your Way – Can you help?

As you may be aware, in Feb 2020 the Ramblers Association launched the “Don’t Lose Your Way“ initiative. This was to identify and make sure that historical paths that were not necessarily on the map were not lost. Area Vice Chair Charlie Morris has been involved with this and now has a record of all…

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Emergency calls on your mobile in wild places – 999 or 112?

Watch this short video on how best to use the 112 number, especially if you plan to walk in a remote area: Don’t be put off by the fact that it is on YouTube. This is actually very useful.

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Winter Walks on BBC iPlayer – Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay

Members who went on Ann’s group walking holiday staying at Ravenscar in September 2018 should enjoy seeing the programme on BBC iPlayer. A coastal walk is the setting for Poet Laureate Simon Armitage’s ramble along Yorkshire’s enchanting and historic frontier with the North Sea. Starting in Ravenscar, Simon Armitage takes the old Cinder Track –…

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Eventually, once we are out of Lockdown, if leaders wish to arrange a walk or have questions, ring Mike on 01453 873625. You can use the Leaders > Submit a Walk Form for sending in the details. However we will not be pressurising any leaders. You must feel safe to lead. COVID SAFE You will…

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Weather Forecasts

OUR ROLLING PROGRAMME OF WALKS - Once the Lockdown is relaxed, visit our website regularly to see if there are any walks planned - Remember - First Come, First Served to book these walks!

If any leaders feel able to lead any more walks once Lockdown restrictions are relaxed, please contact Mike on 01453 873625 or by email to book a date when the time comes and for more details of how to be Covid safe. However we will not be pressurising any of our leaders. You must feel safe to lead.


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.

Why not walk with us on our varied Group walks in the Stroud district including Painswick in this beautiful part of Gloucestershire? Every week we put on two, three or even four walks and would love to see you.

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 soon, (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.