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Saturday (22nd) walk starts from National Trust car park

20 Jan 2022

Malcolm and Helena’s walk on Saturday 22nd starts from the National Trust car park at Haresfield Beacon where there is a charge for non-NT members, so bring your NT card and scan at the ticket machine, or park free in the road outside where there are usually spaces. Sally

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Leaders – we’re looking for dates for March and April for Mondays and Saturdays

17 Jan 2022

A big Thank you to the leaders who have offered dates for midweek walks. All those dates are now full. But we have NO SATURDAY walks promised for all of March and 2nd April, and only 1 Monday walk has been offered in the whole period. We’ve stuck to the 2 month programme because of…

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John G’s walk on Saturday 29 January

06 Jan 2022

John G’s walk on Saturday 29 January will be 8 miles rather than 7. You will therefore need to bring a packed lunch, although snacks are normally available en route at Kemble Station.

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January/February walks programme and newsletter

17 Dec 2021

These were sent out by Ros, our membership secretary, by email today (18 Dec). For the few people who are not online and receive a paper copy, the paperwork has gone to the printers and will be posted as soon as possible. Thank you to all our leaders for submitting their walks so promptly. You…

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Path reopened – MMH 96 – Box Wood at Devils Elbow – Pensile Road

05 Dec 2021

I’m pleased to say that footpath MMH 96 in Box Wood is now fully open again and the diversion has been removed. The new steps are looking splendid and already offer much easier and safer access than the stone stile, though the lovely old stile remains in place as a feature of that entrance. It…

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Footpath update

15 Nov 2021

For quite some time now the footbridge at Ebley (SO 82611 04534 on footpath MCA7) has been blocked off to prevent its use after it was condemned as dangerous. This bridge is on one of the branches of the Cotswold Way and although an alternative was available by the Council Offices is absence limited walking…

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New walks co-ordinator

14 Nov 2021

We would like to welcome Karen who was voted on at the AGM yesterday evening as our new walks co-ordinator. We would also like to thank Mike for the amazing job he has done for the last couple of decades, he must have organised hundreds of walk programmes and without him the group would not…

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Emergency Contact

03 Nov 2021

Walk leaders if you need to cancel a walk at the last minute for whatever reason e.g. weather conditions, illness etc. rather than using the contact page on the website which may not be picked up straight away you can ring either Ann  on 07931114439, Sally on 07818425088 or Mike. We can then put a…

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Is Ramblers using your correct email address?

01 May 2018

GDPR News – All your contact details are your personal information, including your email address. To check your record and indeed update it if necessary it is quite straightforward: Go to www.ramblers.org.uk If you have already registered online with Ramblers, enter your login details (email address and password) and then check your record. If not…

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Suspect a stroke – act FAST and call 999

14 Oct 2016

Face weakness Arm weakness Speech problems Time to call 999 See https://www.stroke.org.uk/

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Ramblers Holidays will pay the S Cots money – if you ask!

12 Oct 2016

Each newsletter Ramblers Holidays pays the group and we are very grateful as it helps towards paper newsletter production. Follow this link for news of their Adagio holidays. Don’t forget to tell them you belong to South Cotswold Ramblers if you book for a Ramblers or Adagio holiday, as it can be worth £10, £20 or…

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