Stoke Newcastle Ramblers

Where walking is a pleasure

Footpath work

1st secateurs partybAlan Bell leads a walking part 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

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





10 July: Dilhorne


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26th June: Dilhorne path 4


Remove rotten hand rail from footbridge.  

Fit complete hand and side rails, also one footpstep.

Team: Paul Turner, Alan Birks, Tony Adair, Alan Bell, Nigel Hopkins (Council)





11th April

We all met up at Park Hall and made our way to Caverswall  C14.

170321 1The stile was completely replaced with two steps and repairs between the stile and gate.

The edge was cut back, as it was hiding the finger post. We then went to C6 where we fitted a step, because one side of the stile was on a slope we fitted an extra step.

Alan Bell

6th Mar: Caverswall

Alan Birks, Steve Jones, Howard Caton, Alan  Bell & Nigel Hopkins (Staffs Council) all met up at Bolton Gate car park near Weston Coyney and made our way to footpath Caverswall 4 (Grid ref 949 441).  We had to carry all the materials about 150 mtrs to a stile that was in disrepair. A full stile with two steps was fitted and repairs made to the barbed wire fence.

We then made our way to stile no. 2 at the far side of Caverswall 4 (Grid ref 947 436). We fitted another stile, with two steps, which was easy to get to by the side of a road. The hedge was cut right back so we could work on the stile.

Read more: 6th Mar: Caverswall

21 Feb: Working party

At long last the working party is up and running. We met at the council depot at Werrington before heading off to Caverswall to footpath C3.

170221.6We fitted two complete stiles and cleared overgrown foliage from the paths. None of us hit our fingers knocking nails into the stiles which was more luck than skill, so afterwards we rewarded our selves with a well earned drink at the Windmill at Werrington.

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Read more: 21 Feb: Working party

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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As a Ramblers Member you can ralogo200x157
  • be part of Britain’s biggest walking charity
  • join a community of over 110,000 members
  • enjoy a wide range of membership benefits
  • choose from 38,000 led walks a year across England, Scotland and Wales
  • help us continue our charitable work to protect Britain’s footpaths and promote walking

If any members make a booking with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, they can nominate our club to receive a small commission on the holiday cost. In the 2015/2016 we received £120. This grant is given with no strings attached, and can be used entirely at the discretion of the Committee.

Monday, February 19, 2018