Stoke Newcastle Ramblers

Where walking is a pleasure

Footpath work

1st secateurs partybAlan Bell leads a walking party of volunteers who carry out a range of tasks to improve and maintain local paths.  Over the years, this stalwart group have replaced some stiles with kissing gates and repaired other stiles.  They repaired bridges and installed new ones.  They have cut back undergrowth, put in steps up steep banks and done a lot behind the scenes to keep our footpaths open and accessible. And they enjoy it!

If you can join them, either on a regular or an occasional basis, please give Alan a ring, or contact him by email

18 June Kingsley 15-17

We are still working around Kingsley and we have repaired three stiles. The first stile was on Kingsley 16 on the Shaw Hall estate we fitted one step and two legs.This was slightly awkward due to remains of a gate which was used for access through the estate.(perhaps for workers at the hall)..The next stile 150 meters further at Kingsley 15. Here  we fitted one step and repaired the stile..Finally by the roadside on Kingsley 7 one step was saved and the rest of the stile was replaced.

Alan B





Read more: 18 June Kingsley 15-17

4 June: Kingsley 13 and 14

We made our way to Kingsley 13 footpath where the stile was hard to find due overgrown vegetation and edges. We put a new stile in with two steps also incorporating a squeeze type fit. Two fields away on Kingsley 14 footpath we fitted a step with two legs.

Alan B



Read more: 4 June: Kingsley 13 and 14

21 April: Kingsley 21

We had permission of the farmer to cross is land to repair two stiles. The first stile was impossible to cross so we fitted two steps and secured the stile. The next stile by the side of the farmers house had three steps fitted.
Alan B

Read more: 21 April: Kingsley 21

26 Mar: Kingsley

180325 1aToday the working party made its way to Kingsley path 20. We had to negotiate a farm track before we arrived at our first stile where we fitted two steps. We carried the material 100 metres to the next stile. Whilst fitting a new stile the farmer decided to muck spread the next field. We decided to retreat when we were being showered with flying muck! As If that wasn`t enough. the council vehicle got stuck in mud.


Read more: 26 Mar: Kingsley

Stoke/Newcastle Footpath Team recognised by new markers

In recognition of the contribution made by the Stoke/Newecastle ramblers footpath team Staffordshire County Council have produced and funded bespoke discs for attachment to future renovations. Look out for them on you walks!

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Photograph from Alan B. 

2017 summary

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Sep-Nov 2017: Examples of Work

Colleagues will be pleased to know that the footpath team has remained active despite the cooler weather. 

Photographs from Alan Bell posted by Stephen Merry.


Read more: Sep-Nov 2017: Examples of Work

7th Aug: Caverswall 13

Tony A.  Paul T. Nigel H (Council) and myself made our way to Caverswall 13 where there was a stile and a footbridge in disrepair.  We got permission to drive through the farm and down the field to Cresswell Piece where the stile led into a wood. The footbridge was repaired using a 6 ft beam across the brook, and the stile was replaced using two steps on the wood side and a extra step on the slope side.

 Alan Bell





If any members make a booking with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, they can nominate our club to receive a small commission on the holiday cost. Recently received:

  • 21/04/16 - 20/10/16 £70
  • 21/10/17 - 20/04/16 £100
  • 21/04/17 - 21/10/17  £80

These funds are given with no strings attached, and can be used entirely at the discretion of the Committee.

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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Sunday, July 22, 2018