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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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Sponsored Walk

06 May 2021

Hello all, Di and I are doing an 11 mile sponsored walk on the 15th May, to raise money for Christian Aid, starting from the Tab, over Selsley, then following the Cotswold Way via Ryeford and Randwick Woods back through Whiteshill to the start. If you feel able to support our efforts on behalf of…

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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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Latest Update

26 Apr 2021
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Current Group Walk Guidelines

22 Apr 2021

Please note that the maximum number of walkers allowed on our walks is 10. Reserve your place(s) by contacting the leader by landline, mobile or text as specified in the description. First come, first served. Walkers’ contact details will be kept for Track and Trace purposes. Please keep the touching of any surfaces such as…

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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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There are already walks on the website, on the Home page, below the picture

06 Apr 2021

Also click on the Click here to see ALL OUR FUTURE WALKS SO FAR below OUR ROLLING WALKS PROGRAMME. This takes you to our walks on the main Ramblers website where, for some reason we are investigating, our walks appear before they do on our own website!  Click on BOOKING REQUIRED to find details of…

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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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WALK ALERT

01 Apr 2021

The group is starting Covid Safe led walks again from Monday 12 April with a limit of 10 people, and we are now appealing for more leaders. Walks will be published on the front page of our website as soon as they are fixed (a rolling programme), and also on Ramblers website Walksfinder, so keep…

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Information on Group Walks restarting will be coming out in a newsletter shortly

27 Mar 2021

Last night (Friday 26 March) South Cotswold Ramblers Committee had a Zoom discussion to work out the way forward, following the new guidance from Ramblers Head Office. Over the next few days we will be putting together a newsletter to update you, so await this! Sally

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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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In the Clink

09 Feb 2021

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

08 Feb 2021

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-our-ruined-right-of-way-in-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

27 Jan 2021

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?

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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COVID SAFE WALKS

04 Jan 2021

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 need to complete a simple Risk Assessment…

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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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Polperro holiday photos

19 Sep 2020

Photos of our brilliant sunny holiday are under Group <Group Holiday photos> Polperro – Sept 2020. Sally

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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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Please take your banana skins (and orange peel) home!

25 Jun 2018

Walkers: eat bananas – but take your skins home Not being native to the UK, they take about two years to biodegrade. This applies to orange peel too! I have climbed Ladhar Bheinn, one of Scotland’s finest peaks. The view was glorious. And I threw a banana skin at it. I have stood on the magnificent…

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Please keep an eye on the backmarker

22 Jun 2018

A big thank you to all members who act as backmarkers on our walks. Occasionally leaders forget to keep an eye on them, especially when entering a wood. Sometimes the backmarker needs to hang back as a walker is having a comfort stop and then the backmarker wonders where the group have gone! Please keep…

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GDPR and Walks’ Leaders

01 Jun 2018

Thank you to all the walks leaders who have sent/emailed the Publishing Volunteer Details form to Mike. He is also grateful for those who don’t mind their photos appearing on Walks>Leaders’ Photos for sending him a Photo Consent Form. Just  a few to go….. Mike  

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