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

24 Nov: Dimmingsdale

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




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



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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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

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