Stoke Newcastle Ramblers

Where walking is a pleasure

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4th Dec: Christmas lunch

The weather was dry and sunny as 35 of us left the Rose and Crown at Stanley on a 5 mile walk. 161204.4

Mavis Heath

Area AGM - Sunday 27th November

The nicely decorated Christmas-themed Burntwood Memorial Community Hall for the Area Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 27th November was pretty much packed with members from most of the 15 Staffordshire Ramblers Groups (approximately 85 members). We all settled down to the usual mundane, and predictable, election of officers for the next 12 months after enjoying a choice of two walks – 7 miles or 5 miles – in mild sunny weather, for those who arrived to take advantage of them. Well organised by the Chase & District Group – the cakes, tea & biscuits were excellent. After the main business was over, an interesting talk was given by Anne Walker of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Incidentally, vacant posts on Area Committee are: vice-chairman, countryside officer and publicity secretary.

Richard & Anne Clamp

Rambling Away Eggheads victory features in local and national press


The success of Stoke/Newcastle Ramblers team 'Rambling Away' on the popular BBC TV quiz show 'Eggheads' has been featured in both the Stoke 'Sentinel' newspaper and the current edition of the Ramblers 'Walk' magazine.

The Sentinel article was published on 9/11/2016 and is currently available at

Ramblers members will find the Walk magazine feature on page 20 of their Winter 2016 edition of Walk.

The team of Susan, Doreen, Pete, Rob, Richard and Stephen would like to thank their colleagues for the kind messages of support they received.

Stephen Merry 

Real ale trail

19th November 2016

Brians real ail trail turned out to be a succsess once again. We all met up in the Green Man, a Wetherspoons pub in Leek. After enjoying a hearty breakfast we moved on to the Earl Grey where there was a good choice of real ales.

After one or maybe two pints we then made our way to the Fountain where the proprietor allowed us to eat our lunch. A few of us shared a pork pie that Brian had bought from the local market (well someone has to help him out.) From there we went to the Cobblers where we struggled to get to the bar, but we made it! Finally we made our way to the Leeky Tap where we sampled a few more real ales, before we made our way home.

Well done Brian, what a good dee out!

Alan Bell

3rd November

What a brilliant turnout of 35 members for our walk last Thursday. We started from Trentham monkey park, through to Swynnerton and after a lunch stop in the churchyard returned via Beech caves. The autumn colours were spectacular, thank you all for coming to share a lovely walk.

Steve and Mavis Heath

6th Nov: George Shufflebotham Memorial Walk


The large attendance at today's George Shufflebotham Memorial walk was a fitting tribute to a former colleague who epitomised the ethos of the Ramblers by producing several local walking guides and contributing to the maintenance of many of the footpaths that we regularly walk. No less than 55 walkers enjoyed a morning's stroll in pleasant October weather passing the memorial post erected by the Stoke/Newcastle group in George's honour. The event was certainly a success and everyone seemed to appreciate the butties in the pub at lunchtime.

Anne Clamp & Stephen Merry


Owt Foxt but not Out-Foxed!

Recceing last Sunday's walk out to Foxt was a challenge, but our wiley leader Malcolm would not be out-foxed. The original route (plan A) was too long, plan B was too steep, Plan C had too many leaves on the track and then when he thought he had cracked it, the Council closed a bridge due to a missing plank. Undeterred after 5 recces, I am pleased to report that plan E was a most enjoyable stroll from Kingsley to Whiston and Ipstones via Foxt. 

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20 October - Middleport Pottery Tour

What a great day we had visiting the Burleigh Pottery at Longport. Thanks to all for a supportive turnout - 21 members- which began with a short walk (well stroll really!) through to Tunstall Park and returning via the canal. After an excellent lunch in their cafe, with our knowledgeable guide, Tony, we spent a very enjoyable 2 hours exploring working life in the Potteries, taking us through each process of manufacture and at the same time making us all glad we live in the 21st century. The whole experience was enjoyed by all.

Richard & Anne Clamp

Sun 16 Oct 2016

Twelve ramblers set out in the rain from Astbury Mere after pursuading a reluctant leader to get out of the car. Fortunately, the rain soon stopped, the sun came out and happiness was restored to all. We climbed up towards Mow Cop and then walked along Congleton Edge, with fine views across the Cheshire plain, to the Castle Inn at Dane in Shaw for lunchtime refreshment. Some of us sat outside in the warm sunshine while others sat inside by the even warmer open fire. A gentle afternoon stroll, mainly along the canal, took us back to the mere.

Tony Ratcliffe

It's a hard life being a Rambler!

Had the frivolities of the previous evening caught up with him? Was he just lulled gently by the sunny babbling brook?  Whatever, John grabbed this chance to 'rest his eyes' after lunch in the Glenderaterra Valley.

KeswickJohn Jan Bigley 

A moment of Serendipity at Castlehead

...looking toward Castle Crag where Alan's group were enjoying the rain you can see behind us !


 Brian Lewis

Keswick on a Sun-day!


Walking on Sunshine ... and don't it feel good. View South from Latrigg.

Brian Lewis


Shropshire Hills

161009 EarlsHill2Numbers were reduced by holidays and family committments, but eight of us managed the early start at Poles Coppice car park on a beautiful autumn morning. At first we were quite cool walking though the extensive woodland of the Nature Reserve, listening to a noisy chorus of birdsong.  As we emerged into the sunshine, we could see the twin peaks of Pontesford Hill and Earl's Hill looming above us.

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Keswick Week End Away


Many thanks to all who took part & made the Keswick weekend the success it was. We had glorious weather, a superb choice of walks and a most enjoyable meal & get together on the Sat night. If anyone has photos to bring to the blog they would be welcomed. Autumn had not quite set in so still pretty green although the fells were changing colour with the dying bracken.

Our B&B was wonderful. We'd taken it over, filled with Stoke/Newcastle Ramblers & so created almost a house party atmosphere. Our hosts were kept amused.

It was good that so many were able to come on the weekend & we hope there will be more to enjoy in the future. A meeting to discuss this will be held at Holy Inadequate (back room) on 10th Nov at 7.30pm

Susan Merry

Ramblers Showcased on HitMix Radio

Richard Clamp was recently interviewed by HitMix 107.5 FM Radio which is based at Alsagers Bank. He provided an excellent account of the origins of the Ramblers, the activities of the Stoke/Newcastle group and the advantages of membership. The full interview is available via the station's 'Listen Again' page at

Stephen Merry

Group AGM

The Stoke/Newcastle Ramblers group held their annual general meeting on Thursday 22/9/16. The enthusiasm of the group was evident from the presence of a large number of members; a fact noted by the Ramblers area representatives in attendance. At the meeting the following group committee members were elected:

Tony Adair  Chair
Howard Caton  Vice-Chair
Stephen & Susan Merry  Secretary
John Hammond Treasurer
Ian Bradley  Membership Secretary/ Publicity
Alan Bell Group FP Coordinator
Dave Fowler  Countryside Officer
Anne Clamp Programme Coordinator
Charlie Bigley Webmaster
Ken Twigge Full day walks Programme Secretary
Howard & Maggie Caton  Half day walks Programme Secretary
Doreen Adair Mid week walks Programme Secretary
Richard Davies Independent Examiner
Doreen Poole Minutes Secretary
Brian Wood  Social Secretary
Lyn & Dave Wynne Committee Members 
Richard Clamp Committee Member 

It is the role if the committee to both serve the members and to uphold the values of the Ramblers.

Stephen Merry.

Rambling Away win Eggheads!



On Tuesday 27/9/16 the BBC broadcasted the much anticipated contest between a team from Stoke /Newcastle Ramblers and the Eggheads. The Rambling Away team comprised Doreen, Pete, Richard, Rob, Stephen and Susan who each made made their contribution to what was an enjoyable and interesting day. The win was a bonus and, perhaps, further eveidence that walking promotes mental wellbeing.

Stephen Merry.


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Reaching high and demanding               

Sun light through golden leaves

Swaying gently in the breeze.    


Real Tea and Real ale in Rainow

160911.2aBrian L proudly flew the Rambler's Walk About Britain flag on our walk on Sunday the 4th of September as part of the Rambler's National Walking Festival. Sixteen of us enjoyed the 360 views from Teggs Nose viewpoint and explored some of the points of interest in this highly acclaimed Geological Site of Special Scientific Interest. After a pleasant liquid lunch on the sun terrace at the Robin Hood pub in Rainow, where we were made to fell most welcomed we ascended White Nancy to take in the magnificent view across the Cheshire Plain. It was fun to watch marathon runners attempting the 35 mile Gritstone Trail Challenge pass us by as we continued our Sunday saunter along Kerridge Ridge. The day was rounded off nicely by the excellent Real Tea (Irish breakfast) and nice cake provided by Tegwyn in Tegg's Nose visitor centre.

Brian Lewis

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Cotswold Outdoor

As a Ramblers' Member, there is now a 15% discount available at Cotswold Outdoor. They have a stores at the Wyevale Garden Centre (Bridgemere), Bakewell and Manchester.

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And a 20% for your first purchase with the voucher which comes in the membership pack.

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Monday, February 19, 2018