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Cotswold Canals Restoration Project

20 Oct 2021

This 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘁 film clearly explains the vision & work to restore the canals from Saul Junction via Stroud to Lechlade – with lots of drone footage, maps, interviews & fantastic camerawork. If you click below there may be a couple of adverts to skip or endure before you reach the film. CLICK HERE

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Road closure affecting Thursday’s Eastleach walk

17 Oct 2021

The A419 Stroud Road from the top of Cowcombe Hill (the Glider cafe) to Cirencester near Deer Park School will be closed from Thursday 21 October until Wed 27th (excluding weekends) from 7am to 5 pm. This will affect anyone coming from Stroud to the Eastleach walk on Thursday. One suggested route is to go…

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Photos from the past!

11 Oct 2021

John Heathman has sent me these photos of walks that his parents, Lita and Ron, took, he thinks while walking with some of our group. If you have walked with us quite a while ago you might recognise yourself in them. They were proper photos, not digital, which he has scanned in. If you click…

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Ocean railway bridge information

05 Oct 2021

Work will commence soon and the towpath between The Ocean swing bridge to Bonds Mill will be closed from 18 October 2021 to 6 February 2022. Read more here

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Leaders – no need to keep a register of walkers for Track and Trace

26 Sep 2021

You do still have to do a simple Risk Assessment. You can find blank forms on the Leaders menu on our website.

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AGM 13 November 2021 6.30pm via Zoom

26 Sep 2021

We will again be holding our AGM by Zoom. You will receive a link to click on nearer the date. There will still be a walk beforehand but not necessarily from Rodborough Tabernacle.

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New simpler Risk Assessment form

31 Aug 2021

Ramblers head office has issued a new simpler Risk Assessment form which is now on the Leaders menu. There is a PDF version and a Word version. Thanks to Lawrence for highlighting this change. Sally

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Welcome to our September and October Walks Programme

30 Aug 2021

South Cotswold Ramblers have a two month programme of walks. . Further details of walks can be found here… Sue Jones

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We now have a Facebook page!

06 Aug 2021

We now have a Facebook Page thanks to Sue J. Click on Read more below and you can find the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/302569751378935/ You can also get to it by clicking on the Facebook icon.  

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Latest Update from Ramblers UK (19 July)

19 Jul 2021
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Latest footage of The Ocean Railway Bridge

29 Jun 2021

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. https://stroudtimes.com/a-birds-eye-view-of-the-ocean-and-new-rail-bridge/ Also a Fast Boat Ride from Ebley…

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Mill pond restoration

28 Jun 2021

Please see this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-57596395. This may be of interest to the Group as members do walk by the River Frome. Thanks Andrew Hawkins

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Half of river bridge still without public right of way

12 Jun 2021

A bridge which links two counties still does not have a public right of way on the Gloucestershire side, three years after the error was discovered.

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Tick time

11 Jun 2021

I wonder if it is worth putting another reminder on the website to check regularly for ticks. I found one feasting on me this morning. (There’s no accounting for taste!) writes Karen. YES HERE GOES:- Be tick aware at this time of year. Here’s a link to a very good summary of how to spot…

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Pathwatch and Report – It

08 May 2021

Have you discovered Pathwatch yet? If you know of any path problem, you can report it on PATHWATCH APP FOR APPLE OR ANDROID while you are out walking here in Gloucestershire or anywhere in GB. At home you can report a problem via the internet right now (give it a go by clicking “Report a…

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Snacks at the Walkers’ Car Park, Painswick

05 May 2021

There is now an excellent hot drinks and snack service at the Walkers’ Car Park Painswick. It operates 8am – 2pm Wednesday to Friday and 9am to 3 pm at weekends. Many thanks Penny Boydell

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‘My doctor prescribed rambling for lockdown anxiety’

29 Apr 2021

An Edinburgh widower who was struggling with mental health issues due to the isolation of lockdown has walked 2,000 miles in a year after his doctor prescribed that he join the Ramblers. Jim Snodgrass, 84, from South Queensferry, said he was expecting to receive medication for his anxiety. But instead all he was given was…

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Cotswold Gateways

19 Apr 2021

In case you haven’t come across Gateway routes, thanks to Sue for pointing them out. Some excellent ideas for walks here: https://www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/visiting-and-exploring/walking/cotswold-gateways/

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Stroud Leisure Centre problem as a starting place – Leaders please note

08 Apr 2021

Parkrun in Stratford Park are looking at restarting and using the car park at Stroud Leisure Centre, making it almost impossible to park as all spaces are taken by runners. Parkrun’s website says that there will be a Parkrun there every Saturday at 9am. Leaders might want to avoid this as a starting place on…

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If you have not received a link to your newsletter or a paper copy, which gives info on walks restarting, let the membership secretary know

05 Apr 2021

Our South Cotswold Ramblers newsletter and the Area newsletter were emailed out on April 1st. Paper copies which had to be printed and posted out should have arrived shortly afterwards. If you have not received one or the other, please let the membership secretary know by emailing membership@southcotswoldramblers.org.uk Both newsletters can be found on our…

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Slow Ways

25 Feb 2021

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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Ocean Rail Bridge installation now planned for December 2021

19 Feb 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

09 Feb 2021

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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Don’t Lose Your Way – Can you help?

23 Jan 2021

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?

06 Jan 2021

Watch this short video on how best to use the 112 number, especially if you plan to walk in a remote area: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPZv_8dABfU&feature=player_embedded Don’t be put off by the fact that it is on YouTube. This is actually very useful.

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NEW – Rolling Programme of Covid Safe Led Walks

20 Dec 2020

Our Walks Programme is now a rolling one – visit our Home Page regularly to see if there are any more walks planned – Remember – First Come, First Served! Also we would be grateful if you could keep any members not online informed of walks as they appear on the website. If any leaders…

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Ramblers’ advice on walking near livestock

17 Oct 2020

https://www.ramblers.org.uk/advice/safety/walking-near-livestock.aspx

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Walking all around, up along, down along Robinswood Hill

26 Sep 2020

The new café at the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust at Robinswood Hill Country Park has just opened for take away. This makes this location a good start point for walks. Robinswood Hill Country Park CP (free). Reservoir Rd. Gloucester (GL4 6SX) L162/E179 SO837158 https://tinyurl.com/mapRobinswoodCountryPark Lawrence

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Sending photos and large files the easy way using WeTransfer

05 Jul 2020

It’s been amazing the number of photos that have been sent to me to go on the website, and also the number of different people who have got interested in doing this. The photos have appeared in all sorts of formats and sizes, and hopefully have encouraged South Cots to learn new skills. After unsuccessful…

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Miserden School Parking

03 Jul 2020

Lawrence has been to Miserden recently and noted that the sign at the entrance to the CP by the school has been recently changed to “School Car Park – No Parking Mon – Fri”. This means that the car park should not be used for mid-week walks, at least in term time. (Jill and Sue…

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Battle for the Cambrian Way

12 Feb 2020

https://www.ramblers.org.uk/news/blogs/2019/november/battle-for-the-cambrian-way.aspx You can see 661 photos of the scenery as if you were walking the route! CLICK HERE to start. About Tony Drake  

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DON’T LOSE YOUR WAY

10 Feb 2020

On the 11th February Ramblers will be launching  a new campaign, ‘Don’t Lose Your Way’ and will be emailing members with details of the campaign including a promotion pack explaining how you can help to register lost paths. At the same time there will be a major media launch to focus on our activities. An…

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Think FAST

31 Oct 2019

Act FAST and call 999  

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Our Footpath Support Group needs help – could it be you?

24 Oct 2019

Our Group was set up in the 1970’s as a Footpath Group and walks started years later. However the work of volunteers is still very much needed in keeping an eye on our wonderful path network. We need more help, having only 5 volunteers on the committee! If you don’t fancy meetings (just 4 a…

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John G’s RECIPE for delicious Mincemeat and Marzipan Cake!

30 Sep 2019

By popular request after John’s walk from Avening on 27 March 2019 — Another request 30 September 2019!! CLICK HERE JohnGM&MCake

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what3words

12 Sep 2019

What is what3words? what3words is a really simple way to talk about location. We have assigned each 3m square in the world a unique 3 word address that will never change. For example ///filled.count.soap marks the exact entrance to what3words’ London headquarters. 3 word addresses are easy to say and share, and are as accurate…

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The Cambrian Way and Tony Drake

19 Aug 2019

August 2019 – Exciting news about the Cambrian Way being waymarked and a new Cicerone guidebook being published in 2019. We in Gloucestershire are very interested as it is the creation of Tony Drake back in the 1960’s. Read more about Tony here. Overall route map – longer than the Pennine Way with more climbing…

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10% Discount now at Go Outdoors too

12 Jul 2019

Hi South Cotswold Ramblers, It’s Jacob from GO Outdoors, did you know we’ve teamed up with Blacks, Millets and Ultimate Outdoors to give you the biggest range, widest choice and the best value? As a member of the Ramblers your entitled to an extra discount of at least 10% in store and online. This further…

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999 or 112 for Emergency Calls – which is better in wild places?

07 Jan 2019

Watch this short video on how best to use the (relatively) new 112 number, especially if you are in a remote area. Don’t be put off by the fact that it is on Youtube. This is actually very useful. Click HERE

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The Walking Partnership

08 Nov 2018

8 November 2018 – Richard writes, “We have just received another £430 to us under the Walking Partnership. This includes £130 from the Ravenscar Holiday towards Group funds from Ramblers Holidays as a result of members going away with them. Excellent.” South Cotswold Ramblers Group receive funding every time you book a holiday with Ramblers Walking…

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