As I  am sure everyone will expect all walks are cancelled until the coronavirus epidemic is over. I will be emailing and posting here when it will be safe to walk again.

Peter, 18 March, 2020


The Centre has now adopted the GDPR's "Legitimate Interest" basis as the reason for being able to contact members, so I am now thankful that I am now not supposed to ask specific permission from the walkers in order to email them. All I need to do now is to assure members that their addresses will only be used for Centre purposes, that my list of email addresses is in a password-protected file, and that anyone has the right to have their address removed from the list

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 ninety. 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.


Walk report, Cheltenham, Tuesday, 18 February

Prestbury & Cheltenham town walk, Tuesday 18th February

Led by Peter Young

Eight of us & one dog Lexie gathered outside the Royal Oak pub in Prestbury. The skies were overcast & although rain was forecast for later in the day it was already making intermittent appearances.

We set off past the pub & turned almost immediately down a lane and then across fields eventually picking up the racecourse circular footpath. We followed this in an anti circular direction and after a short while  turned left leaving  the racecourse behind.We crossed over the road and made our way down Albert road and then on into Pittville Park.

We walked through the park & down the underpass to the other side. We then picked up the Honeybourne line and proceeded along this until we reached Winston Churchill Memorial gardens. This is where we stopped for our coffee break.

Suitably refreshed we made our way down Lower High Street into Cheltenham and then up Winchcombe street &  eventually  re entered Pittville park .

After walking back to the pump rooms & Albert road we then followed the road back to the Royal Oak where seven of us stayed & had a very enjoyable lunch together.

Thanks to Peter Young for leading this interesting walk.

Article and photo by Mary White


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