Cirencester Ramblers

2014, The 40th Anniversary Walks

During 2014 we recreated many of the inaugural walks from 1974/5 when our group was first created. There was approximately one per month as in those days the group did not walk every week. A brief description of each, and the celebratory Group photo follow

The 1st of our 40th Anniversary walks  On Sunday January 26th, in terrible weather, 15 ramblers set off from Kemble on the first of the Anniversary Walks celebrating 40 years of the Cirencester Ramblers. This first walk was led by Stuart Dyer, who is the longest active member in the group


 The 2nd of our 40th Anniversary walks On a lovely sunny morning on Sunday February 16th, 21 members set out on a walk from Bibury for the second of the 40th Anniversary walks, which was led by Phil Hardy


The Third of our 40th Anniversary walks Setting out from the centre of Birdlip village on Sunday 9 March, 36 members of Cirencester Ramblers celebrated their third 40th anniversary walk in glorious sunshine. This third walk was led by Pat and John Bookwood


 The Fourth of our 40th Anniversary walks Setting out from Down Ampney on Sunday 30 March, 17 walkers, enjoyed an eight mile walk arranged as the fourth walk of Cirencester Ramblers 40th Anniversary celebrations. The fourth walk was led by Andrew and John Hartley

The Fifth of our 40th Anniversary walks  On Sunday 6th April 14 ramblers and two visitors enjoyed a spring walk from Miserden this being our fifth of the 40th Anniversary walks. The walk was led by Sue Bruton

The Sixth of our 40th Anniversary walks  On Tuesday evening 13th May, 10 Ramblers and 3 guests set off from the Bathurst Arms, North Cerney, on the sixth 40th Anniversary Walk of 4½ miles. The walk was led by Mike and Rosemary Bailey

The Seventh of our 40th Anniversary walks  On Wednesday 18th June on a beautiful summer evening 25 ramblers and one guest set off on a 5½ mile walk from Bibury. This walk was one of the 40th Anniversary Walks recreating one the groups original walks from 1974. The walk was led by John Bookwood

The Eighth of our 40th Anniversary walks  On Sunday 31st August 30 Ramblers set off on a 9½ mile walk from Tetbury to celebrate another of the Cirencester Groups' 40th Anniversary Walks. The walk was led by Rosemary and Mike Bailey and passed through the Estcourt Estate, Shipton Moyne and Westonbirt Arboretum


The Ninth of our 40th Anniversary walks  On 21st September, 27 members met Lord Bathurst at the Main gates of Cirencester Park to recreate the group's inaugural walk of 40 years ago which took place in the Park

The Tenth of our 40th Anniversary walks On Sunday Sept 14th 19 Ramblers set off on a 7½ mile walk from Cleeve Hill to celebrate another of the Cirencester Groups' 40th Anniversary Walks. The walk was led by Paul Maidens and included the Cotswold Edge, an OS Trig Point, Belas Knap (Ancient Monument) and Postlip Hall before returning to the start

The Eleventh of our 40th Anniversary walks On Sunday Oct 5th 17 Ramblers set off on from Bisley on a perfect autumn day. After descending into France Lynch eight walkers opted for the 6½ mile version of this Anniversary walk the remainder completing the full 10 miles. The walk was led by Janet Evans and made its way through France Lynch, Chalford Hill, Eastcombe and Brimscombe

The Twelfth of our 40th Anniversary walks  On Sunday 19th October, 17 walkers, including some visitors set off from Dursley town centre. After enjoying the views and 40th Anniversary photos from Cam Long Down, five members on the 6 mile walk continued around Peaked Down before making their ascent up Cam Long Down on the Cotswold Way. The rest continued on the longer walk enjoying fine views. The walk was led by Sue Bruton.

The next anniversary walk was on Sunday 9th November, 22 walkers, including 1 guest set off from set off from Station Road, Andoversford for an 8 mile walk on The Gloucestershire Way to Brockhampton.  The group observed the two minute silence for Remembrance Sunday. The walk was led by Phil Gearing.


The Fourteenth of our 40th Anniversary walks. On Sunday Dec 7th, 17 Ramblers set out for a 7 mile walk from Bourton on the Water, along the Windrush Way to Lower Harford. The return route was to Upper Slaughter and then south along the Wardens Way, through Lower Slaughter, back to Bourton


The Fifteenth of our 40th Anniversary walks, was a 6 mile walk on Sunday Dec 21st - 20 members  walked from Sapperton to Oakridge, passing through Dorvel Wood and Daneway Banks Nature Reserve. The return route followed The River Frome

The Final 40th Anniversary walk, on Sunday 28th December 22 members set out on a cold, frosty morning for a 6 mile walk from The Old Prison at Northleach.  The walk was led by Bill, who has been leading walks for the group for over 20 years.

Next Village Visit

After an excellent cream tea at Cricklade Street's Old Cafe in Cirencester in May the retired Ramblers planned their annual trip on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway for next month, on Wednesday 27th. June

Please meet at the Cheltenham Race Course Station at 10:30am. for the first steam train of the day.

The cost will be a little more this year as the line has been extended to Broadway.
Bill will buy the tickets for the group on the day. However, If Ramblers and friends want to buy tickets on line beforehand they are free to do so.

As usual all members and their friends are welcome to join us

For further details contact, Bill Irving, tel 01285 650012

Our Forthcoming Events

Gloucester Quays - Walk & Boat Trip 9th September 2018

A 5.5 mile leisurely morning walk in the Gloucester Quays area including the Severn Way, Glevum Way and Sharpness Canal.  At 2.30 pm there is the option of a 45 mins boat trip at a cost of £5 pp (normal non-group rate is £6.50). Those that want to come along please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 1 June 2018

Mid week Break 2018 at Torquay

Monday 8th October 2018. Click here for full details