Cheltenham Rambling Club
Cheltenham Rambling Club

Cheltenham Rambling Club - Spring time is a great time for walking.

Club weekends

Join us for walking weekends away. In 2016, we enjoyed super weekends in the Lake District and The Peak District. In 2017 we are looking forward to Tenby and Lyme Regis. Details are available in our full programme, which can be obtained from our Membership Secretary at


Spring programme 2017

Walks available up to end of June. Short walks during weekdays (evenings in spring/summer and during the mornings in autumn/winter). Longer full day walks during the weekends (throughout the year).



Recent walks

Eastington and Stroud - 8 April 2017


It's been some years since I've walked this part of the Stroud canal path and I was very impressed with the way it has been developed. It was a very warm day and as we had lunch at Ebley Mill, a buzzard swooped low over the waterside apartments. In Stroud, the urban and the rural mix well and you are often pleasantly surprised.

Many thanks to our leader, Anne.

Cirencester Park - 11 March 2017


It is always surprising to many walkers how huge the Bathurst Estate is, particularly when a full days walk can be done without leaving it.  Starting from central Cirencester it is possible to walk west to Sapperton and walking back (using the Broad Ride) Cirencester church tower is visible for most of the way. We also heard a lot of spring birdsong as the day warmed up and gave us the feeling that winter was behind us. Thanks to our leaders David and Liz.

Rodborough Common - 19 February 2017


A really pleasant walk up to and around Rodborough and Minchinhampton Common, looking down at the Stroud valleys. It's remarkable how quickly you can walk from the centre of Stroud into open and scenic countryside. A dry and not too cold winter day as a bonus. Many thanks to our leader, Mike.

Painswick to Stroud - 11 February 2017

Well done to those hardy souls that braved the wintery landscape awaiting us on this classic section of the Cotswold Way. I gather that there would have been more of us had the bus service not been delayed due to breakdown and some of our members at bus stops en-route gave up waiting and went home. One of the occasional problems of the linear walk. Chris

Back in Time, An Old Favourite - 27 December 2016


A pleasant post-Christmas Ramble around Toddington and Greet, with a theme of steam from the GWR. Always a nice way of walking off all those mince pies and also getting some fresh air for one or two Christmas colds.


Many thanks to our leader, Mary.

Broadway to Chipping Campden - 22 October 2016


The famous Broadway Tower may have still been in the early morning mist when we had our elevenses, but this did not detract from a super autumn walk, which brightened up considerably. We enjoyed the splendid countryside between these busy towns, taking the Cotswold Way and 'The Mile Drive' out in the morning and returning via Saintbury in the afternoon. Thanks to our leader, Carol.

Sezincote - 8 September 2016


"Three cheers for Allan J who organised today's walk. The weather was fantastic, the walk delightful, the pub delicious, sightseeing Sezincote House and grounds a treat, and a cup of tea in the Orangery to round off the visit - thirst quenching!"  


Carole and Paul

Laurie Lee Wildlife Walk - 4 September 2016


One of the great walks of Gloucestershire (if you don't mind the ups and downs of the Stroud valleys). The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust have installed 11 poetry posts so that you can read Laurie Lee's verse when pausing for breath. The Laurie Lee Wildlife Way includes four nature reserves in the route. Really enjoyed this walk - thank you for leading Jenny.

Woodmancote - 31 July 2016

Ann and Gerrys' first walk for the club showed us some new aspects to an area some might have thought was familiar territory. After a gentle stroll to Gotherington Halt we were taken up to see some of the local hills (Langley, Cleeve) from unusual angles. All rounded off with a relaxing pint in the Apple Tree garden on a fine sunny day. Thank you for a super walk.

Patterdale to Pooley Bridge - 30 April 2016


Patterdale weekend: Snow capped peaks and the sun breaking through to provide bright and comfortable walking weather. Some breath-taking views across Ullswater in the afternoon section between Howtown and Pooley Bridge. Almost certainly will be one of the best walks I shall go on this year. Thank you Don.

Forest of Dean - Sculpture Trail and Arboretum - 17 April 2016

It was a very pleasant sunny spring day, the birds were singing and a relatively gentle-paced walk. The nice thing about the forest is that while there are busy areas for families with children's play areas, barbecues and cycle trails, you do not have to walk far to experience the quieter side of the landscape. We saw plenty of evidence of the excavation of the Forests' famous boars (although no sightings!). Thanks to Mike, for a great day.

Ross and Kerne Bridge - 2 April 2016

Thanks to Keith and Mary for a great day of walking south of Ross-on-Wye. While starting in unpromising drizzly weather in the mid-morning, the day soon warmed up in the Spring sun. After a brief steep climb in the morning; we descended at Kerne Bridge for a relaxing picnic lunch watching groups of canoeists setting off. We were rewarded in the afternoon by another very scenic descent close to the river.

Daffodil Walk - 19 March 2016

Simon's walk, proved very popular, attracting over 30 walkers. The walk also coincided with the Kempley-based Daffodil Weekend, which attracts many visitors each year. Walking in the area of Dymock and Kempley; we were aware of walking in a fascinating historical area known as the Golden Triangle and the churches are particularly worth a visit. See the following site Kempley Tardis for further information on the history of the area and local events.

Walking blog

One of our members, Guy, has a blog covering some of his own favourite walks and walking experiences. He features an overview of walks such as The Ross Round, The Palladian Way and The Cape to Cape walk: Guy's rambling guide to walks in England, Scotland and Wales


Bad weather: Some walks may have to be cancelled because of difficult weather conditions. Our Membership Secretary, Liz, is currently keeping members informed of any alterations to the programme.

It is always a good idea to check your e-mail before going on a walk in case of a cancellation or a last minute change in the walk detail.

Health and safety: Please be aware, that with rambling, as with many outdoor activities - there is a small health and safety risk. Please read the health and safety guidance (this can be downloaded from the news page - club essentials), particularly if walking with the club for the first time.

Find out how your walking holiday can benefit the club...




Cheltenham Rambling Club has recently joined The Walking Partnership. This new partnership, supported by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, provides direct financial contributions to local walking groups to help with organising group walks, encouraging people to get out walking, helping to clear and improve footpaths, providing equipment to help walkers etc. Over the past 65 years, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays has given many millions of pounds to assist walking charities and conservation projects in Britain and the countries they visit on their worldwide holidays. Remember when you book to quote the name of our group, and we will then receive a contribution of £10 per person on UK holidays, £20 per person on short haul holidays, and £30 per person on long haul holidays. This extra funding could really make a difference to us!

Welcome to Cheltenham Rambling Club

The Cheltenham Rambling Club was founded in 1942 and is affiliated to the Ramblers Association. It is a friendly club and always welcomes new members.


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Useful rambling Sites


Check out the following links to other rambling sites:


Ramblers - at the heart of walking.


Gloucestershire area ramblers.


Cotswold Rambling Club

Happy Hiker


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