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 150 people have walked with the Ramblers.  While 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 also lead walks thereby permitting more than one walk to be undertaken on the same day. During 2020 and 2021, in addition to the cessation of walks because of Covid-19 restrictions, Peter was incapacitated for several months.  Walks since March 2020 that were permissible have therefore been led by Bruce Matheson and Cedric Pickin.  Peter has, however, remained at the helm in terms of organisation, and 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 and 2021, the Covid-19 restrictions curtailed the Ramblers' activities significantly.  No walks were possible between March and June 2020, nor between November 2020 and March 2021.  However, seven walks took place between 15 July and 24 October 2020, albeit limited to groups of six people who maintained physical distancing.  Walks were restarted on Saturday 17 April 2021, when the Ramblers returned to the first 11-mile section of the Gloucestershire Way; there was also a short walk to Saintbridge Nature Reserve.  Both long and short walks were also undertaken in May and in June 2021.  The photograph to the right, taken on 12 June 2021, is of a group of Ramblers taking a break during a walk from Apperley to Odda's Chapel and alongside the River Severn; it is published by courtesy of Cedric Pickin, who also led the walk. 

The meeting point ahead of each walk is generally College Green at Gloucester Cathedral, usually between 09.00am and 10.00am.  When feasible, public transport is 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.  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 photograph to the right was taken on Saturday 22 May 2021 during a walk from Betty Dawes Wood to Dymock; it is published by courtesy of Cedric Pickin, who led the walk. The programme of walks for the remainder of 2021 and the early part of 2022 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:

28 August 2021: The Gloucestershire Way: Longhope to Calcotts Green

10 July 2021: Tewkesbury’s Alleyways and Battlefields

12 June 2021: The Wales Coast Path: Caldicot to Chepstow

12 June 2021: Apperley, Odda's Chapel and the Severn

22 May 2021: The Gloucestershire Way: Bream to Longhope

22 May 2021: Betty Dawes Wood to Dymock and Return

24 April 2021: Ramblers' Walk to Saintbridge Nature Reserve

17 April 2021: The Gloucestershire Way: Chepstow to Bream








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