Blockley Ramblers

Blockley Ramblers News

Message from Edwina

Edwina, who stepped down as Chairperson of Blockley Ramblers at the AGM on 19 November after seven years in the post, says she wants to thank everyone for the ‘delightful arts & crafts’ gift that was presented to her at that meeting. She adds that she generally enjoyed her role so much that she ‘did not deserve a reward’. This is one occasion on which members would surely want to beg to differ with her.

Mid-week walks

As well as the regular Sunday Walks Programme, Blockley Ramblers are launching a series of mid-week walks on an informal basis in the first instance. With exception of January, the plan is to hold walks on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month. Depending on interest, the Tuesday walks will be similar in length to the Sunday’s i.e. around 4-5 miles, with the Thursday ones being longer, sometimes with a scheduled pub or picnic lunch.

Suggestions for January

Tuesday 8 January.  Following Blockley Brook: Blockley – Bran Barn – Blockley.  Easy (5 miles)  Meet bus shelter by War Memorial @ 10.00

Thursday 17 January.  Walking back from Broadway:  Broadway – Snowshill – Welshman’s Hedge Wood –Bourton Downs – Blockley  Moderate (9-10 miles with break in Snowshill)  Meet Lower Street bus stop to catch 9.41 bus to Broadway

Suggestions for February

Tuesday 5 February.  A Three Manor’s Walk: Little Compton – Chastleton – Cornwell Easy 5 miles  Meet Little Compton (in road by village hall just off A44) @ 10.00

Thursday 21 February.  Two river valleys - the Windrush and Eye: Lower Slaughter – Upper Slaughter – Naunton - Lower Slaughter  Moderate (9 miles with break for lunch in Naunton)   Meet Lower Slaughter church gates @ 10.00

Suggestions for future walks will be gratefully received. Please email details to

Cotswolds Wardens

Parish Wardens

The Cotswolds Wardens undertake a variety of activities to help sustain and improve the amenities of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) that is the Cotswolds. One of these, the job of so-called Parish Wardens, is walking local footpaths and liaising with the relevant Gloucestershire County Council officers in the event of problems such as broken stiles or fallen trees. Blockley, which is one of the largest parishes in the north Cotswolds, has a number of such Wardens, each of whom has responsibility for a different group of footpaths: Paul Adams, Chris Blewitt and Emma Blewitt, Dick Robinson and Keith Sisson. If you come across a problem on a footpath in the parish during your walking, please let know in the first instance.

Wardens' Week 24 May-1 June 2008

2008 will be the 40th Anniversary of the Cotswold Wardens. To mark their anniversary, the Wardens will be undertaking a range of activities throughout the AONB in the half term week of 24 May-1 June 2008 with the objectives of:

  • encouraging interest in the Cotswolds

  • making the public aware of the work Wardens do

  • recruiting new Wardens

One of these activities will be a series of short walks of around two hours that are suitable for all-comers. The intention is that each walk will have some environmental, historic or similar interest, with a time that is likely to encourage a good turn-out. So it could be daytime or evening, weekday or weekend. As well as further details on this website and in the parish magazine, there will posters displayed locally giving more information nearer the time.

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