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, South Cerney, 13 August

The August walk was in the Cotswold Water Park led by Janet Smith, starting from the Eliot Arms in South Cerney. This is usually a very popular walk, and it was a disappointment that there were only five walkers, with a sixth meeting us for lunch. The route had to be revised more or less at the last moment, as a bridge on the canal towpath had gone missing. After some road walking we found our way along a very overgrown path to the abandoned Thames and Severn canal near to the Gateway Centre, where we stopped for our coffee break and sweets. Two of the walkers had brought secateurs, and these were usefully employed cutting back brambles on the path.

After the break we again followed the canal to Cerney Wick, and then along roads and paths to the old railway line, and so back to the pub, where we had an excellent and convivial lunch. Many thanks to Janet for such a good walk, blessed with good weather.

Peter Young.


Next walk, Tuesday 10 September.

I'm happy to say that the planned September walk is now viable, and will take place on Tuesday 10 September. Meet at The Bell at Eckington, WR10 3AN, at 10:15 when we should be able to order lunch before starting walking at 10:30. The route, about five miles, will take in Birlingham and Nafford Lock on the River Avon; roads, tracks and river-bank, only gentle slopes and depending on a decision on the day maybe one stile which can be easily by-passed. The break for coffee and sweets will be next to Birlingham Church where there is a tree surrounded by capacious benches.

If you would like to join the walk, please email or phone me before 8 September on 01242 520459, or on 07971 918849 on the day and between 23 and 30 August.



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