The situation concerning the impact of the GDPR on keeping people up to date with the walking group's activities is becoming a bit clearer. One if the reasons that someone can contact another person is that if he or she has a "legitimate interest" in doing so. As running the group without using email would be impossible, I think this means that I now don't have to have everyone's specific permission. That is, till someone else tells me otherwise!

However, as I understand it, I do have to tell you all that the list of addresses is kept in a password-protected file, that these addresses will not be used for any other purpose than the business of the group, and that no address will be sent to anyone else without the specific permission of the owner of the address.

Peter Young, Walks Group convener



The programme of walks in various areas of our lovely countryside continues. Walks are normally on a Tuesday and average 4 to 5 miles with an optional pub lunch to follow. Occasionally, circumstances mean that they have to be on another weekday, but doing this is kept to a minimum. 

Peter Walker has done a valiant job of organising these walks but has now stepped down. All the walkers would like to thank him for all his efforts. Peter Young has now taken on this task and hopes to be able to keep up the high standards which have been set.

He can be contacted on 01242 520459 or

Please let him know if you would like your email address added to the group’s distribution list.

The information about the next walk will usually be  posted after the date of the previous walk, though some advance information might also be posted,

Booking with the leader for the day of the walk will make sure that the pub has enough spaces to cater for those who want to stay for lunch. We also ask that people who cancel at the last moment for any other reason than an emergency should join us for lunch, as the pub will have been told the numbers to expect.

It will be good to hear from lots of people who would like to walk, and even more to hearing from people who would like to lead walks. 

 Peter Young



The walking group now has a Health and Safety guidance document, which can be accessed here:


Walking boots are recommended for these walks, and many of us use a walking pole or poles


A note about insurance.

As is mentioned elsewhere on this site, Centre Members are covered for Centre activities by the Centre's insurance until they reach the age of eighty. I have now had guidance that, if a member of the Trust join a walk before they join the Centre, they will not be covered by this insurance. I have advised walk leaders that they should ask any new walkers if they are members of the Centre, and, if they aren't, they should be advised to check  that they are covered by their own insurance

Peter Young.


Next C&G NT Centre walk, Tuesday, 12 August, 2018

The Cheltenham and Gloucestershire NT Centre August Walk, will be on Selsley Common, Stroud. This walk will take place on Tuesday 14th August. Meet at the award winning Bell Inn, Bell Lane, Selsley GL5 5JY at 9.45 for a 10.00 start. The car park is relatively small but there is roadside car parking nearby. The leaders will be Bill and Janet Cronin.

The walk will incorporate a visit to Selsley Church famous for its Arts and Crafts Movement stained glass windows. It is a fairly easy walk on the common with no stiles but requires some travel along narrow roads with varying widths of footpaths off the common. 

There could be excellent views from the common subject to the weather conditions and some historic humps and bumps on the common!

Lunch will be at The Bell Inn and the full sample lunch menu and sandwich menu are on the Inn‘s website. The Inn will be open and food can be ordered when we meet.

If you didn't sign up at the walk on 17 July, please phone Bill on 01452 610871 or email Bill before Tuesday,7 August. Mobileon the day only, 077793 316212.


Walk Report, 17 July, 2018

On Tuesday 17th July six intrepid explorers gathered at The Gardener's Arms" pub in Alderton.

Our leaders Janet and Gordon Young took us on a delightful five mile walk adapting the route to ensure that the uphill part was achieved whilst we were fresh and the temperatures during the July heat wave were cooler. 

From the top of the hill it was a gentle stroll down to Dumbleton passing close to the impressive Dumbleton Hall which is now a hotel and then on into the village. Here we paused for a short drinks and sweetie break sitting on the benches by the cricket ground, no match in progress but we were able to observe a team of two busy mowing and rolling the grounds in preparation.  

Onward, upward and an easy trek back to Alderton through woods and fields. During the walk our efforts were rewarded by lovely views over the countryside to the hills beyond, passing through flocks of grazing  sheep, and admiring the assorted wayside flowers and occasional butterfly. A final reward was enjoying a chat and an excellent lunch at the pub.

Many thanks to Janet and Gordon for taking us on a memorable and enjoyable walk.

Janet Smith


Advance Notices

I now have walk leaders for the rest of 2018, with many thanks to all who have volunteered. I also have a volunteer to arrange the winter lunch for the group.


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