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

New wicket gates

On Monday 4th we went to the parish of Oakamoor. Howard, Alan Birks, myself and two others fitted three wicket gates. These are small squeeze through gates with a spring that shuts the gate after you.

Oct 2015 - Walking with secateurs

1st secateurs partybThe full day Sunday group met at Checkley Village Hall with the aim of re-opening two footpaths that were so overgrown as to be un-usable.  A variety of implements were carried: not only secateurs but shears, a machete, and a bill-hook.  Charlie brought a battery powered hedge cutter which he used with great effect when we encountered drifts of brambles.

The first few stiles were easy to clear, just needing to be trimmed back.  As we progressed further and entered the wood, more problems became apparent, with fallen trees and rampant rhododendrons obstructing the path.  We spread out along the path and hacked out way through until we had opened it up, then once clear of the wood we sat in the sunshine for a coffee break.

Read more: Oct 2015 - Walking with secateurs

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.

Join the Ramblers

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