As many of you may know, the regulations concerning data protection are about to change. One change is the odd fact that if I have someone's email address it doesn't mean that I have their permission to use it, ridiculous though that may seem. Members of the Walking Group may remember that some time ago I sent an email to all the members asking for their permission to use their addresses. Of the current forty-three names on my list I have had replies from only seventeen people. The problem should be solved in due course, as Paula the Membership Secretary is planning, at renewal time, to ask all members of the Centre to indicate if the Centre has their agreement that they may be contacted. However, in the meanwhile, it would be convenient for me if any of you who haven't replied  could let me know on that I have permission to contact you.

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.

These emails are recorded on my computer in a password-protected file. They will only be used in connection with the business of the walking group, and will never be shared with any other person or organisation unless the owner of the address gives specific permission.

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.

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 pose or poles




Next C&G NT Centre walk, Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

The next walk will be on 17 July 2018 in the Dumbleton and Alderton area, led by Janet and Gordon Young.

Meet at The Gardener's Arms pub, Beckford Road, Alderton, GL20 8NL at 9:30 to order lunch and to start walking at 10:00

From Cheltenham take the Evesham Road, A435. At the Teddington roundabout take the B4077 signed for Stow-on-the-Wold. The turn for Alderton is on the left opposite a petrol station.

The walk is a mixture of roads, tracks, public footpaths and bridleways with boggy sections in places. The path from Dumbleton village is a gentle, long slope upwards and a steep path down woods to Alderton. There are four stiles, one of which has wobbly side posts.

If you didn't sign up on the walk on 5 June and would like to join the walk, please phone Janet or Gordon on 01242352862 before Sunday, 15 July.

Mobile on the day only 07751 838301


Walk Report, 5 June, 2018

A chilly, cloudy start when 11 of us set off from the Green Dragon Pub for our walk from Cockleford, through Cowley to Upper Coberley and back.

This was a really delightful walk, as one of our members remarked, through the typically beautiful English countryside - rolling hills, wonderful views, well cultivated fields, glorious bird song and masses of wild flowers.

Leaving Cockleford, passing the Girl Guide Camp Site, we quickly encountered Cowley Manor with its impressive gardens and lake; however it was a bit early for afternoon tea! We met some Alpacas and much to our surprise a field of zebras, but we were soon corrected that these were in fact horses sporting striped masks and coats! What do they say about Specsavers! Emerging from the Gloucester Way it was time for a photo shoot in Upper Coberley. Here we met proud Canada Geese escorting their 5 goslings to the pond for a morning swim.

This walk was special for its variety of gentle slopes, easy bridle paths and pleasant woodland stretches, as these allowed one of the writers of this article to complete it in reasonable condition to join the rest of the group in the Green Dragon for a delicious lunch with good company.

Thank you, Janet Smith for leading the group.

Janet and Gorden Young.


Advance Notice

The August walk will be on Tuesday, 14 August on Selsey Common, led by Bill and Janet Cronin. Details will be posted here after the July walk has taken place.

I now have walk leaders for the rest of the year except November.


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