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.  Since then, over 140 people have walked with the Ramblers.  While, currently, there are some 60 people on the mailing list, 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.  During 2020, Peter was unable to lead walks for several months; during this period, walks were led by Bruce Matheson and Cedric Pickin.  Peter, however, remained at the helm in terms of organisation; he 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. 

At least one walk is planned for every month, usually on a Saturday.  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 in Rodmarton on a walk following the Monarch's Way on Saturday 7 December 2019; it is published by courtesy of Cedric Pickin, who led the walk.  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 that 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 stretches of about 10 miles.  During 2018 and 2019, the Ramblers turned their attention to a 60 mile stretch of the Monarch’s Way that runs through the Cotswolds, starting in Stratford-upon-Avon and finishing in Tetbury.  Much of the Cotswold Canals Walk and parts of the Severn Way have been used for a number of the easy walks.  During 2020, the measures put in place to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus curtailed the Ramblers' activities.  However, walks were restarted on Wednesday 15 July 2020, albeit limited to groups of six people who maintained physical distancing.  The photograph to the right, taken that day, is of two groups of Ramblers taking a break near to each other in Plock Court Nature Reserve; it is published by courtesy of Cedric Pickin. 

The meeting point ahead of each walk is generally College Green at Gloucester Cathedral, usually between 09.00am and 10.00am.  Prior to 2020, wherever possible, public transport was used; concessionary bus passes and railcards are therefore beneficial for those who have them.  When a walk route is not served by public transport, private cars have been utilised and shared by those walking.  However, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions, currently, very careful consideration is given to the transport arrangements.  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 left was taken on Saturday 12 September 2020 around a bronze wire sculpture of a racehorse at the Ellencourt Park Hotel at Southam; it is published by courtesy of Cedric Pickin, who led the walk.  Those less than 2 metres apart are married couples. 





The programme of walks for the remainder of 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:

12 September 2020: Cheltenham Racecourse and Prestbury

22 August 2020: Via Gloucester Docks to Hempsted, then to Elmore and Return

22 August 2020: Over Alney Along the Three Choirs Way

15 July 2020: Lassington, Rudford and Maisemore

15 July 2020: Around the Backs of Gloucester

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

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