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.

I shall look forward to hearing 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:




Next C & G NT Centre Walk - Tuesday, 20 March, 2018

Audrey and John Spencer will lead a walk on Tuesday, 20 March, The Whittle and Wild Flowers Walk.

This is a tribute to Sir Frank Whittle's first flight of his jet engine in a Gloster aircraft on 18 April, 1941. We pass several mementoes of this on the walk. We pass through the Hucclecote Wild Flower Meadow (we will probably be unlucky to see the flowers) and skirt the edge of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The walk is flat, approximately 4 miles with one stile. It can be muddy after a lot of rain.

Meet at The Whittle Inn, GL3 4BJ, at 09:45 for a 10:00 start. Parking £2 reimbursed when you spend in the pub. At the time of writing, meals for 2 are £8.99 and there are other choices.

DIRECTIONS: From   Cheltenham A46 to Brockworth, at Cross Hands roundabout turn right into Ermine Street. In about 1 mile turn left into B1614 signed Hurricane Road. At the first roundabout turn right, still on Hurricane Road, and at next roundabout turn right into Whittle Road. The Whittle Inn (Brewer's Farye) is on your right with Tesco Supermarket ahead. Turn right and right again to enter the car-park

If you aren't already signed up and would like to walk, please contact Audrey and John on 01242 527426 or

Mobiles on the day only, 07973 721031 or 07741418663

PS: On 17 March: The route has now changed because of deep mud. John and Audrey write:

"The walk is now re-routed to avoid any mud, and will be on made up footpaths only.  It is now approx. 3 miles instead of 4.  We meet at the Whittle Inn as arranged at 10am.  Please car share where possible to avoid parking problems.  DO NOT GET A PARKING TICKET if you are staying for a meal.  We will go as a group into the pub to pre-order food, and they will give us a parking ticket . They currently do a bargain  2 meals for £8.99, (good value) so get together to make the best of it.  Walking boots are not essential. "

Important: If you decide to cancel walking on the day of a walk because of the weather, please seriously consider at least coming to the pub for lunch, as the pub will have been told the number of people to expect.

I now have an offer for a walk in April, and details will be posted here nearer the time


Walk report, Cheltenham, Saturday, 20 January, 2018

On a rather grey and damp Saturday morning, fourteen members met at the Bayshill Inn in Cheltenham, suitably dressed against the elements for our circular town walk to Pittville Park and back.

After ordering lunch and ably led by Peter Young, we set off by the side of the seldom seen River Chelt, following the Honeybourne Line. Our 4½ mile route took us through regency and modern townscapes and several of Cheltenham's famous gardens including the Winston Churchill Gardens. On reaching the Pump Room at Pittville, we stopped to admire the views and eat sweets

Opened in 1825 Pittville Park is the largest ornamental park in Cheltenham.  The eastern side is more familiar with its fabulous Pump Room, lake and well used children's play area. But to the west of Evesham Road lies the much larger Western Park with its more natural layout, woodlands and a larger lake where we enjoyed seeing majestic swans and abundant birdlife

It's not until you walk that you appreciate the fine architecture that Cheltenham has to offer from Regency to contemporary - and realise how much you miss when driving! We saw familiar landscapes from a different perspective.

On our return it began to rain, so we eagerly walked through Sandford Park, to the Bayshill Inn for an excellent and plentiful lunch with good conversation in good company. Thanks to Peter Young for his excellent organisation and leadership. Like several others in the group, this was our first walk with the Centre, and we are sure it will be the first of many!                     Malcolm Ware



Advance Notices

I now have walks promised by people to who will lead walks in March,April, May and July 2018. Promises for other months will be welcomed!

Peter Young, 01242 520459,


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