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

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.

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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

24 Nov: Dimmingsdale

Work to clear a tree fallen across bridal path close to the Ramblers retreat.

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Alan Bell

3 Nov: Ladder stile

Calton - near Ilam

Remove old stile and put up new ladder stile. Fit non-slip sheets onto treads.

Mick Cousins works foreman for S.C.C.

27 Oct: Bridle gate

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Staffordshire county council footpath maintenance team and myself fitted a bridle gate on a footpath in the Manifold Valley.

Alan Bell                                                                

Pathwatch launch update

Ramblers are planning a media launch during the week of 14 – 20 November to bring attention to the report, encourage people to download the new Pathwatch app, and get people signed up to our new campaign. The launch will involve some of our path maintenance teams tackling path problems on Offa’s Dyke, showcasing the wonderful work Ramblers do to protect our path network – work we want to build on across England and Wales.

Read more: Pathwatch launch update

George Shufflebotham Memorial

George Shufflebotham was a stalwart member of our club who with his wife Pauline walked many a path and then compiled walking books to sell and raise funds for our group.  He also devised the Monk's Way path which goes from Abbey Hulton to Bagnall.  Therefore it was to our surprise that the Bagnall parish council objected to the installation of a memorial post and plaque on the Monk's Way.

After trying several other places I contacted Cheddletton Parish Council where George had been a long standing committee member.  They were glad to be of help as George had done a lot of footpath work for them.

Read more: George Shufflebotham Memorial

September 16 Secateurs Walk

Seven of us met up at Upper Tean car park where we made our way to the charming village of Church Leigh.

The paths were quiet overgrown in this area so their was a good deal of clearance to do.  Some of the stiles had poor marking and almost impossible to see for brambles. There was a fine metal bridge that crossed over the river Blithe that was completely blocked with nettles and vegetation, so it was rewarding to see the finished job. In total their was 20 stiles and 2 bridges to clear.  After we had finished we went for nice rewarding drink of Joules bitter.

This map shows all the problem area that we cleared:

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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.

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
Tuesday, May 22, 2018