Cathedral Ramblers

Cathedral Ramblers

Come on Wonderful Walks with the Cathedral Ramblers

Gloucester Cathedral Ramblers was re-formed in early 2013 after a period of dormancy following the departure of the previous leader some years earlier.  Over the past six years, over 100 people have walked with the Ramblers; currently, there are some 60 people on the mailing list.  However, because of other commitments, the largest number of people on any walk to date has been 25.  It is not necessary to worship regularly at Gloucester Cathedral to become a member of Gloucester Cathedral Ramblers, and new members are always most welcome.  The principal walk leader is Peter Barrett, but other Ramblers lead walks from time to time.  Peter may be contacted on  Email is used for circulating walk details; however, text messages (for those who have mobile phones) are used for any short notice changes of plan. 

A walk is planned for one Saturday in every month.  The walk standards are ‘easy’ - a walk of about five miles over relatively flat terrain - and ‘challenging’ - a walk of about 10 miles over undulating terrain including some steep climbs and descents.  The photograph to the left is of a group of Ramblers, near Yanworth Mill in the River Coln Valley, on a challenging walk following the Monarch's Way on Saturday 22 June 2019; it is published by courtesy of Bruce Matheson.  Easy and challenging walks are planned in alternate months.  Easy walks generally end with a pub lunch or, in summer months, a picnic, and challenging walks include a pub lunch or a picnic en route.  Some of the easy walks, and most of the challenging walks, have followed waymarked trails so there is a sense of achievement on completing the entire route.  The whole of the Gloucestershire Way (100 miles) and the Wysis Way (55 miles) have been walked in 10 mile stretches; currently, the Ramblers have turned their attention to the part of the Monarch’s Way that runs through the Cotswolds.  Much of the Cotswold Canals Walk and parts of the Severn Way have been used for a number of the easy walks. 

The meeting point ahead of each walk is generally Gloucester Cathedral, usually between 09.00 and 10.00.  Wherever possible, public transport is used; concessionary bus passes and railcards are beneficial for those who have them.  When a walk route is not served by public transport, private cars are utilised and shared by those walking.  Adverse weather (driving rain or thunderstorms) has resulted in the cancellation of one or two walks each year.  However, it is advisable to wear showerproof clothing and walking boots for any of the walks. The photograph to the right is of a group of Ramblers, near Great Witcombe Roman Villa, shortly after the start of a challenging walk on Saturday 16 February 2019; it is published by courtesy of Cedric Pickin. 

The photograph to the left (published courtesy of Peter Barrett) was taken on Saturday 7 September 2019 beside Painswick Mill pond during a walk led by Cedric Pickin from Painswick to Slad and back via Frith Wood Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest managed by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, which is well served with information boards and maps.  The walk also included a section of the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way, created in 2013, and a picnic lunch in Slad.  The photograph to the right below (published courtesy of Rachel Parham-Connolly) shows a group of Ramblers, on the Monarch's Way on Saturday 17 August 2019 during a walk led by Peter Barrett, standing by a sign about the Monarch's Way in the grounds of the Royal Agricultural University just outside Cirencester.





The programme of walks for 2020 is here.  Further details are published ahead of each walk in the Cathedral notices and in the mailing list to Ramblers' members. 

Reports of previous walks are published below:

7 December 2019: The Monarch's Way - Sapperton to Tetbury

7 September 2019: Painswick to Slad & Return

17 August 2019: The Monarch's Way - Rendcomb to Sapperton

22 June 2019: The Monarch's Way - Northleach to Rendcomb

18 May 2019: ‘In the Heart of the Forest

13 April 2019: The Monarch's Way - Bourton-on-the-Water to Northleach

16 February 2019: Brockworth to Tuffley via Cranham Corner

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