Cheltenham Rambling Club
Cheltenham Rambling Club 

Cheltenham Rambling Club 

Important COVID-19 update


Dear members,


Although it has been decided not to restart an official programme yet, I’m happy to report that the informal ‘Walking groups for 6’ that our membership secretary, Lynne, has compiled, is proving very popular with 50+ people now on the contact list. If you wish to be included please contact her stating your preference for walks up to 5 miles, up to 8, up to 12 or 12+ miles. These are not official club walks, but a good way for people to stay in contact.


The AGM on November 9th is cancelled, but an Annual Report from the committee will be made available to members.


All best wishes, stay safe and well,


Cheltenham Rambling Club Chair


Lockdown Activities:


What our members are currently getting up to - all activities within government guidelines.


Thanks to all members who contributed their pictures.

Tuesday 29 December


The 'Walking groups for six' initiative (see message  above), has enabled the club to have limited group walks within government COVID regulations, such as this one at Bredon Hill (thanks to leader, Sue). This walk was just before the county moved to Tier 4 and the scheme has had to be suspended for the time being.


Sunday 28 June


Mary, Keith, David, Sharon and Barbara organised a ‘club covid-19 DIY Camping Day 2020’. Full face masks were provided and a full body sanitising area was set up with social distancing observed where appropriate.


Keith & Mary


Carol has been revisiting the joys of cycling and enjoying the quiet roads.  Her longest trip to date on her 35 year old bike was a 23 mile round trip to Tewkesbury.


Carol S.



Here’s a photo from a ‘social distanced’ walk near Sapperton with Jan yesterday (28th May). To our delight we found that the Daneway pub was open selling takeaway coffee and bacon baps. An unexpected treat.



Making Elderflower cordial!



Janet A. has sewn six scrubs laundry bags for use by the NHS.


Robert and Janet A.



Robert is restricted from pruning the footpaths to pruning the garden. 


Robert and Janet A.

A few weeks ago, coinciding with the beginning of lockdown, a 2' cube box of assorted lego was kindly 'dumped' on us by one of the kids who didnt want to store it anymore. No instructions! So between chores I have set about trying to find build instructions on the web, based only on the odd identifiable bit. So far I have managed to find plans for, and assemble a large UFO, Hagrids hut (from Harry Potter), armada flagship, bandits hideout, Xabductor, sonic stinger, shark pen, underwater explorer sub, spaceman, prospector, diver and swordfish. I still have a football field, temple of anubis, some assorted space and underwater vehicles to find which is proving difficult! 
Chris J



Beautiful bluebell woods in Ullenwood.


Jenny and Gordon


OS map of The Isle of Wight.


There’s always next year!


Booked in the diary for 2021. Mary H.



A stunning display of Wisteria at Winston Churchill Memorial Gardens (close to the Honeybourne cycle path)


Mary H.



Having more time to stand and stare on our allowable exercise walks , I have been photographing butterflies - Mary H.



Norman’s turn for our boules game on our rather bumpy lawn! The G & Ts helped though.





No, haven't breached the lockdown & visited London 
"The Shard" Whiteshill. 30 mins walk away from home!


Jane F.



Cherry Tree, near Bisley





Mary has found a use for her walking boots now we can’t go walking in the countryside!


Keith and Mary




... and a temporary use for Keith’s boots.




Gordon gallantly painting the garden table...



.... my part in this activity? Raising a g&t - cheers!


A new activity - not sure about that! - Jenny

We are very fortunate with where we live in Charlton Kings, because we can walk up the road straight into some lovely countryside.


John and Jenny



Easter Sunday afternoon (only 150 pieces to go - ALL WHITE) - Debra



..this week, I have been mostly cleaning the grouting between my kitchen tiles with Cream Cleaner and a toothbrush - Sue W.



Sue and Chris choose to take their daily allowable exercise in nearby Pittville Park to check up on the nesting great crested grebes and count the new ducklings.

Club weekends

Join us for walking weekends away. This year, we have already visited Llandudno. More details are available in our full programme, which can be obtained from our Membership Secretary at


Spring programme to end of June 2020.

Walks available up to end of June 2020. 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

Rococo Gardens - 11 February 20.


Thanks so much (to Robert and Janet) for the lovely walk today; was very much appreciated by Tony and Doreen (as well as us). Thoroughly enjoyed garden visit, especially on our 2:1 voucher!!


Mary H

Local walk - 31 Dec 19


A nice walk on the edge of Cheltenham around the race course to get some post Christmas exercise after all that turkey. Thank you for the walk Mary and thanks to Dave for the refreshments at the GWSR  station. Happy New Year!

Alney Island and BBQ - 18 Dec 19


Making friends with a ‘Gloster’
Wondering what Deb has in her H and M bag?

... Halloumi and Mojito of course!


Mary H.

Greet, Gretton and Trains - 21 July 19


We were very pleased to see the new footbridge, previously a very difficult descent from a stile, we managed to all fit on ( 20 plus 2 dogs), civilised tea stop at Greet station and exceptionally tall broad beans (see left), fortunately I counted them all out so no one lost.


Mary H.

Paradise to Purgatory - 13 July 19


I'm not sure if the bus driver had ever had so many passengers wanting to get a ticket to Paradise (the site of an old dis-used pub); but that was where we began this fine ramble. There were a lot of ups and downs as would be expected in the Stroud valleys, but luckily weather not too hot. The reward was a marvellous lunch stop on Swifts Hill, with butterflies all around and looking down at the buzzards gliding over the tree-tops. A great summer walk. Thank you, David and Liz.

Llandudno - 24-27 May 19


Our weekend in Llandudno started with a brisk walk up and around The Great Orme, with splendid views all around. A great introduction to the Snowdonia hill-walking to come, but also with fine sea views. North Wales at its' best.


A great club weekend - thank you Jenny and Carol.

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 Walks Programme Secretary, Paul, 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.

News page essentials (links to documents)


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, particularly if walking with the club for the first time.


CRC Privacy Policy: full details of our policy to protect members data is available to download - see News page.

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. (important: please quote the club name at the time of booking - this cannot be done after the holiday). 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.


Want to join us?


Become a member to benefit from the club programme walks, social events and to be in touch with the latest information.

Contact Lynne, our Membership Secretary, at

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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