Stoke Newcastle Ramblers

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7th Nov: Trentham


Despite the bad forecast, 11 brave souls turned out to meet me at Trentham Gardens for another of my 4 mile local walks. By the time we reached the canal, persistent heavy showers forced us to take shelter but thankfully the downpours soon petered out, a brighter sky appeared along with a fabulous rainbow which spanned the golf course.

Anne C

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27th Oct: DougieMac charity race night

Thank you to all who supported the race night on Saturday raising funds for the DougieMac, by joining in the fun on the night, sponsoring horses and jockeys or making a donation. I am pleased to tell you that we raised £821.65. This was far in excess of expectations, and will go towards the refurbishment of the Inpatient unit.

Allan Wheatley

(Photos here)



24th Oct: Bowling along from Blythe C.C.

Susan and I would would like to thank the twelve people who joined us on a fine day for a leisurely stroll around Cresswell. This includes John from Stone Ramblers and Austin from Blythe Cricket Club. While the last dregs of summer kept the rain and mud at bay, the log burners at the Draycott Arms remained a welcome ending to the event.

Stephen M

21st Oct: A big turnout at Madeley

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Photograph from David S-J

No less than 39 people attended Glyn's in augural walk on a sunny autumn day in Madeley. it was both a great walk and a jolly time afterward at the Crewe Arms PH. Glyn and his backmarker are to be commended for their efficiency in leading such a large group.

Stephen M

8 Oct: £60 raised for Children in Need


Some of the group photographed by Anne C.

Howard (literally) passed the Pudsey hat round on his walk during our recent stay in Ludlow as it coincided with BBC Countryfile's weekend of walks for Children in need. The collection raised £60 which has now been despatched to the charity. We would like to thank everyone who contributed so generously.

Maggie & Howard

9th Sep: Eyam

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Plagued by ants,hidden waterfalls,& Brian Lewis.

Brian Lewis gave us a brief description of the awfull loss of life when the village of Eyam was hit by the bubonic plague in 1665, then 11 of us set off to Abney Moor via Sir William Hill & Stoke Ford to our lunch stop at the Barrel Inn after a strenuous morning.

On route Brian was persuaded to lie down close to a giant ant nest to give us a David Attenborough dialogue. It was not long before giant ants were running up his arm, and our ever-willing leader fled the scene being bit on his back. Jan came to the rescue with an after-bite stick on his back, some Attenborough!

The Barrel Inn was full of diners with no room inside so we left after a quick drink and all descended to Great Hucklow and called in the Queen Ann, far better ale and much cheaper too.

Making our way back to Eyam via Foolow enjoying one for the road in the Bulls Head.  Great day out Brian full of laughs all day, thanks


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29 July: Fairweather leaders meet their match


Photograph from Carol T.

Susan and i would like to thank all our friends who made a wet day such an enjoyable experience.  While 'Raindrops Kept Falling on Our Heads', we were actually 'Walking on Sunshine whoa-oh!'.

Stephen M 

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29 July: Mortimer Forest

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With so many of our group away on holiday plus a dire weather forecast yesterday, one or two of us thought we must be mad as we drove to Mortimer Forest near Ludlow for Terry’s 12 mile walk! However, for the six of us that braved it, the conifer trees provided some protection from early rain which gradually cleared. A lovely descent through deciduous trees onto the bridge by the castle led to a walk along the river and a historic old pub in Ludford.  By then the weather had improved so much that we could enjoy pleasant temperatures and intermittent sunshine by the afternoon.  Finally reaching High Vinnalls (all in the name) gave us views towards Wales and ample reward for our efforts - an interesting venture into new territory for the full day walkers.


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21 July: Lathkill walk

From Youlgreave a group of 10 walkers led by Karen enjoyed a pleasant day, following the limestone river valleys of Bradford and Lathkill linked by the Limestone Way to Monyash, our lunch stop. A less sunny day was quite refreshing with a welcomed pint at the Bulls Head, and it was lovely to sit by the trout pools on the way back.  This was Karen's first led walk for the club, she never put a foot wrong! Thanks for a great walk.


15 July: A bumper turnout on a glorious day


Photograph from Anne C.

Today's warm warm weather encouraged no less than 34 walkers to join Lynda for an excellent morning's walk from Dagfields Craft centre. 'Oh, the corn was a high as a Rambler's thigh...and Wynbubury Moss had a wonderful sky'. 

Here we are in single file so as not to stray on to agricultural land from the footpath.

Stephen Merry 

31 May: Stiles, Flowers and Sunshine

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Photograph by Dave S-J

Today, Stowe by Chartley impressed fifteen walkers in a variety of different ways. each meadow was a 'hidden gem' of wild flowers and weather defied the forecast by remaining fine all day. We lost count of the number of syiles we traversed and their variety of designs was. shall we say, interesting. At the end Woody was thanked by all for leading an envigourating day along some underused paths.

Stephen M 


20 May: Meerbrook Meanders

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Photograph by Dave S-J                                                         .

Thirty happy soles joined Kate & Frank fpr a morning ramble alongside Tittesworth Resevoir and beyond. The weather was glorious prompting many to display their knees. The festivities continued at the Lazy Trout PH. A good time was had by all.

Stephen M.

21st Apr: Mugs to Muggington

12 of us set off from Brailsford on a warm and pleasant day, following the centenary way to Weston Underwood then turning north through a mix of arable rolling landscape towards Muggington Lane end. Turning south we reached our pub stop, the Cock Inn.

The pub garden was quite special, sitting by parasol tables, surrounded by box hedges drinking fine beer. On the way back we passed through Muggington village, calling in at the medieval church to view the 1400 yr old yew tree. The last part of the walk was challenging, crossing Mercaston marsh, a spongy bed of moss, reeds and briar, but all 12 bog trotters safely returned. The weather made it a memorable day.


28th Mar: A Group to a Void!

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A Group to a Void! … but not a group to avoid if you want a pleasant stroll at a leisurely pace in the fresh air with cheerful company. Many thanks to Anne C for leading this very informative walk from the VOID at Apedale to admire the sterling conservation work of Ranger Andrew Hunt and his volunteer team. If you haven't seen the new Miner’s statue overlooking the Void it is well worth a trip.

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14 Mar: Walking back to happiness in Barlaston


Welcome sunshine blessed the seventeen members who set off from Barlaston Green car park for a mid week figure of eight walk over Baslaston Downs and then through the Wedgwood Estate. We had clear skies enabling impressive views of the Wrekin from the topograph and, for some, the Duke of York provided an excellent ale as a finale.

Brian L and Stephen M  

11 Mar: Spawning in Froghall

180311 1a18 people turned out on a spring like day, a pleasant route that involved quiet lanes and inclined planes to alleviate some of the mud. After a short ascent we walked along Banks Lane past the wildlife sanctuary then dropped down to the Churnet for coffee break at the Black Lion. A stiff climb to Basford Hall had us puffing and panting, then on to our lunch stop at lpstones. A pleasant stay in the Sea Lion before setting off back to Froghall via Hopestones and Shawall, then down the inclined plane. Well done Swifty.

Brian Wood








4th Mar: Mobberley Manoeuvres

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Where were we?

Walking along the River Bollin, and guess where its route flows - right under the runway at Manchester Airport!

Now that the Twigges are settled into their new Cheshire residence, they’re certainly making use of this county to extend their range of walks. Eileen led 17 of us on a truly original 10-mile walk, watching planes land at very close quarters, with a few of us closet planespotters so absorbed by this treat that we nearly got left behind.

Eileen achieved this with a pastoral walk from Mobberley, where she came up trumps with a great pub stop at lunchtime near the station. Here I have to admit a personal interest, since this also became the instant choice for an after-walk meal later in the day, where I could celebrate a big birthday surrounded by friends. A memorable day, thanks very much, Eileen!


 (photos: Jan)

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4th Mar: Sandon

The following photographs were taken by Dave S-J as proof that Stoke/Newcastle Ramblers are hardy types.

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18th Feb: Bishop Offley walk

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20 people turned out, plus one woman and her dog. Phil and Elizabeth guided us on a figure of eight route from Croxton, linking all the Offley hamlets. Lunch stop at the Star lnn at Copmere was well received, almost a spring like day had most people sat outside. We made our way back via Copmere lake and Jackson's Coppice. Phil gave us an informative historical account of mills on the River Sow as we passed through. We were all impressed, this being Phil and Elizabeth's first led walk for our group.

Thanks for a lovely walk.




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Monday, December 10, 2018