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Walk details by 7 June please

27 May 2024

Karen would like all the walk details in by 7th June please, leaders. There’s a link here to the FORM which should help you. If you need any help, ask any of the regular leaders and they will be pleased to guide you through it if necessary. Sally

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Next Walks Programme

27 May 2024

Unfortunately we have not been able to fill the next walks programme so there will 2 Saturdays (13 July, 20 July (shorter), when there will be no walks. All Mondays and midweek walk slots are full, so thanks.

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Bath Skyline Walk 19 June

27 May 2024

Having done a recent pre-walk, Derek has sent this message: The section through the woods although not muddy was very slippy in places and we were very glad we had our sticks. I would like to change ‘a rocky uneven section through woods which may be muddy’ to a rocky uneven section through woods which…

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Summer Picnic walk – Saturday 27 July

28 Apr 2024

We have organised a Picnic walk again this year for South Cotswold Ramblers members, following the success of last year’s Coaley one (though hopefully with better weather!). Make a note of the date. You will need to pre-book and pay in advance. Details will appear on our website shortly. Sally

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Leaders (and potential new leaders) – dates for July to September are on the Walk Planning Progress page

02 Apr 2024

You can find these on Walk Planning Progress Then book your date on Offer a date . Both these are on the Leaders menu. If you haven’t led a walk before, this period is one of the best to lead your first walk as you are less likely to encounter problems with weather, floods, ice…

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Monday walks now EVERY Monday starting 1 April

27 Mar 2024

Because enough leaders have come forward, there will be a walk EVERY Monday until the end of June. If leaders continue to offer walks, this can continue indefinitely. A big Thank you to all leaders – we can’t manage without you! Sally

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Deputy Membership Secretary – Janet W

17 Mar 2024

We now have Janet helping Ros in her job as Membership Secretary. There is quite a lot of work involved (mainly caused by Ramblers Head Office’s unfriendly bureaucracy) so it is good to have someone else to share the load. The 99% of you who receive communication by email should have received the next walks…

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Printable Table of Walks April to June is now on the website

10 Mar 2024

I have replaced the Jan to March programme with the upcoming 3 months’ walks. You can find it on Walks, Walks Programme, click on the blue button or follow the link below. I failed miserably to produce this this time as the instructions that worked last time didn’t this time! so a big Thank you…

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Thank you to the new walks leaders that have come forward

28 Jan 2024

We are very grateful to the new leaders who have come forward for the April to June programme. It is important that we get new leaders to reduce the pressure on our existing leaders who are all doing more than their fair share, with the fear that they will get fed up and give up.…

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Leaders without a pre-organised backmarker

25 Jan 2024

If you are a leader who doesn’t have a pre-organised backmarker who knows your route but rely on a volunteer in the car park beforehand, it would be very helpful if you could give them a copy of the map of your route so they know where you are going. Another option for people who…

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Cirencester Park from Spring 2024

15 Jan 2024

The Bathurst Estate has issued a message to say that, from Spring 2024, you will need a pass to visit Cirencester Park. Locals can have a Community Pass, but everyone else will have to buy one, either annually or daily. We are interpreting this as meaning it will be impossible to lead walks that go…

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Pathwatch

27 Nov 2023

Pathwatch, the mobile phone app supported by Ramblers that enabled us to take a photo of a problem on a footpath and send it directly to Ramblers head office and to the Public Rights of Way officer giving the co-ordinates of the location, has now gone. There is a link on our website under Footpaths,…

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Leaders – Faster pace category

20 Nov 2023

We have introduced the option for leaders to designate their walk as a Faster Pace walk when they complete their Submit a walk form, as well as the Leisurely (for Monday walks) and Moderate for the majority of our walks. We anticipate that this will be used quite sparingly (probably by only a handful of…

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Ramblers new 10 year strategy

09 Nov 2023

Ramblers are proposing to update their 10 year strategy and charitable aims, you can read about it on the link. Click here

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Cleeve Hill Golf Club and Quarry car park charges

15 Jul 2023

From the 24th July car parking charges will be introduced at Cleeve Hill golf club and at Quarry car park. A fixed car parking tariff of £2 per 24-hour period will be introduced. This will apply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Cotswold Hub Ltd, which owns the golf club business, have…

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Improvements to Ramblers main website

07 Jul 2023

There has been 2 major improvements after the disastrous introduction of their new website. Firstly, on our South Cotswold page, you can now see the Date and Distance of the walk, instead of just the title (you still have to scroll through all their stuff about joining Ramblers and donating) but this is a significant…

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The Mill Inn, Withington

21 Jun 2023

i have received a call from the Mill Inn at Withington to say they have re-opened this week and would be happy for us to start walks from their car park provided we use the pub after.

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Update from Ramblers head office re new website and Walks Manager

13 Jun 2023

Ramblers have a page on their website listing all the errors they know about (quite a long page!!). If you want to look at it you can find it at https://www.ramblers.org.uk/walks-manager-website-status  

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Ramblers app

03 Jun 2023

If you use the app to access walks, you need to select Walking, My group (if you want just us) or My area (if you want all group walks in Gloucestershire). The information you get for each walk doesn’t show the name of the walk leader or contact details, but if you click on the…

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Finding our walks with the new Ramblers website

31 May 2023

The much delayed new Ramblers head office website came on line on 31 May. To find OUR walks, the easiest way is to start from our www.southcotswoldramblers.org.uk website, click on All our planned walks below the main picture, which will take you to our page on the Ramblers main website. Scroll down to Upcoming walks…

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Stonehouse High Street car park – don’t use as a starting place

03 Nov 2022

This car park has suddenly become very busy and finding a space there is difficult. Additionally a lot of the adjacent roads have double yellow lines on, so this area should be avoided as a starting place. You can always park at St. Cyr’s church (next to Stonehouse Court Hotel) if you want to lead…

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Footpath Clearance

28 Jul 2022

The Glos. area committee is hoping to put together a list of people who would be willing to help with footpath clearance in areas not necessarily covered by the Cotswold Wardens. This would be cutting back with secateurs etc not power tools. If anyone is interested could you please contact me initially via the website…

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Going away with Ramblers Holidays (including Adagio)?

28 Jul 2022

We receive a sum of money for Group Funds from Ramblers Holidays where members taking a holiday with them have nominated South Cotswold Group. If you ever forget to tell them when booking, there is still time if you contact them before you go. If you do so, they will donate £10, £20 or even…

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Area newsletter

08 Jul 2022

If you would like to know what is happening in the Gloucestershire area the latest newsletter is available. Click here

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Guide to finding walks on our website

29 Jun 2022

Here is a link to a guide on how to find walks on our website. Click on Read more and you will be able to access it https://www.southcotswoldramblers.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/guide-to-finding-walks-on-our-website.pdf  

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New simpler Risk Assessment form

18 Jun 2022

Leaders do need to complete the simple Risk Assessment form that Ramblers head office has issued. This can be found on the Leaders menu  on our website. There is a PDF version and a Word version. Sally

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Footpath Officer

13 Jun 2022

We are still in need of a footpath officer to represent the group. You do not necessarily  need to be a regular walker, if anyone is interested please ring me on 07931114439 to discuss further.

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South Cotswold Ramblers holiday 2023

25 May 2022

Would anyone like to organise a Walking holiday for next year now that Covid restrictions are over? A chance to choose somewhere you’ve always wanted to go to, choose the format of the holiday you like and the season, enjoy good company and food? If anyone feels they might be interested in doing this, or…

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New OS Maps

18 May 2022

Having been confronted with the changed OS layout last week, I recorded and saved a walk, but couldn’t find it afterwards in My Routes or Favourite Routes as before, but today I found it in My Profile/My activities. Lawrence has told me that you click on the 3 dots at the top of the screen…

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Stroud Leisure Centre and Tetbury Goods yard -problem as a starting place – Leaders please note

08 Feb 2022

Parkruns in Stratford Park and Tetbury Goods Yard are taking place and it is almost impossible to park as all spaces are taken by runners on a Saturday.  Leaders might want to avoid these as a starting place on Saturdays, though they are still fine for other days. Sally

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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 . We can then put a message…

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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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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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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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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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