Cheltenham Rambling Club
Cheltenham Rambling Club 

Cheltenham Rambling Club - not just a walk in the countryside.

Club weekends

Join us for walking weekends away. This year, we have visited Tenby and Lyme Regis. More details are available in our full programme, which can be obtained from our Membership Secretary at chelt_ramblers@hotmail.com.

 

Winter programme  2017-2018

Walks available up to end of February 2018. 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

Painswick, Sheepscombe and Slad - 19 November

 

A welcome stop at the Woolpack Inn, Slad on a beautiful walk from Painswick taking in Sheepscombe and Slad. Thanks to Nicky for leading such a lovely walk!

 

Broadway Tower - 17 September

 

Super walk in the area of Broadway, Saintbury and Dovers Hill. When we first arrived the weather suggested that we would be walking under Autumnal grey skies. However, when we got back to the Tower cafe, we enjoyed our afternoon teas in the late summer sun.

 

Many thanks to Paul for leading his first walk for the club.

Chalford and Bussage - 17 June

 

A lovely walk from Oakridge around Chalford and Bussage. Lots of beautiful views, plenty of wild flowers and canal and woodland - for which we were grateful on such a hot day! And to top it all a very pretty riverside stop for lunch with shade for those who wanted it! Thank you Anne for a very well planned and picturesque walk!

 

 

Tenby: 28 April - 1 May

We had another great club weekend by the sea, although with the usual  contrasts of Welsh weather. Saturday was pleasant walking weather in the area of Saundersfoot and spectacular coastal path back to Tenby.

Sunday was a drenching as we walked in the beautiful area of Stackpole, peering out of the hoods of our rainwear attempting to identify the wildlife. However, a great weekend for socialising and many thanks to the organisers: Dave and Mary.

 

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.

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 is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. It 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 Liz, our Membership Secretary, at chelt_ramblers@hotmail.com

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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