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

June 2016 Walking with secateurs

On Saturday 11th June a group of seven volunteers cleared stiles and paths of overgrown vegetation in the Dilhorn area.


Why not come and join us on the 10th September. The next area to be cleared will be announced nearer the time. Please bring a pair of secateurs with you!



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On Tuesday 9th August Alan Bell and Howard Caton planned to install a post and plaque in memory of George Shufflebotham on the Monks Way. This was a footpath very dear to him and the memorial is a tribute for all the hard work he did in maintaining paths and writing his books of local walks. At the same time they will do some tidying up, strimming and clearing.

However, after putting in a lot of effort to prepare a deep hole, a local resident appeared, and let them know forcefully that the siting had not been approved by the Parish Council on behalf of the residents, and that they would be unwise to continue.

They filled in the hole again, and took away the plaque until an agreed site can be found.



May 2016

Fitting non-slip tread on bridge and board walk across marshy ground near to Wetley Rocks - Alan Birks, Howard Caton and myself.


Fitted stile near Waterhouses

Alan Bell

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

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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Tuesday, May 22, 2018