Whether it’s the Cotswold Hills, Cirencester water park, Stroud Valleys, Severn Vale or Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire has a rich walking heritage.
As ramblers in our 20s to our 80s, we’re dedicated to protecting footpaths, not just for ourselves but anyone. We support walking and walkers, each year organising some 600 walks in the County.
Over the years many stiles, footpaths, bridges have been maintained by our members or in partnership with local landowners and the County Council. We enjoy our work, but realise it’s an ongoing process. Although it’s many years since paths came into use, we still respond to requests for diversion or closure each year. Some we can accept, some we compromise and often we believe we should keep the path where it’s always been. It would be easy to become complacent and believe that paths are now set in stone and can be left to look after themselves.
The health benefits of walking cannot be overstated. It’s been said that for every £1 put into walking, £7 can be saved in healthcare on the NHS. There’s walking tourism too. Walkers tend to go out in any weather, on any day and at any time of year. If a walk has to be cut short it can always be discussed at a local pub or tea shop!
Whether you walk with friends, with any walking group, walk alone or with your dog, we aim to be there for you. However we can’t do it on our own. We need your help to report problems you find and it helps us a lot if you can become a member.
Once you’re a member you can join any of our walks for free, do some armchair walking with a free copy of Walk magazine or have a worthwhile day out with rake and loppers. If you like planning, studying maps new and old or perhaps responding to a legal paper you’d be useful too. You might also enjoy a day out in a tent at a country show, showing posters of some of the work we do or what we see along the way, like this walk in Spring.