News and Events.

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1. May 20-23 2019 (incl). Aberdaron, Gwynedd

A 3-nights holiday based in Aberdaron on the Llyn Peninsula.  Participants need to find and book their own accommodation (B+B, hotel, self catering, caravan, mobile home etc).  Walks will be organised by Huw Jones and Janet Barlow (details later). Accommodation is limited in Aberdaron area so we recommend people book this soon. Please contact Barbara (07866 532979) if you want to come or are interested.  She can also give advice on accommodation.

2. October 11-14 2019 (incl). Selworthy, Devon.

A 3-nights HF holiday based at Holnicote House in the Exmoor National Park. This house is in a beautiful location on the Holnicote estate and has recently been refurbished. There is an excellent range of walks both on the coast and on Exmoor. The cost is 299 (pounds, sorry I am using an austrian computer!) per person which covers full board (incl packed lunches), choice of 3 guided walks on 2 days and transport from the house to and from walks. This is a discount on the brochure price and there is no single room supplement. If you want to join this holiday and reserve your place, the deposit is 75 (pounds) per person payable by August 24th by cheque (made out to Oswestry Ramblers).  Please send/give cheque to Pat Harper or Ceinwen Danby. For more info please contact Ceinwen on 01691 661714.  Should you need travel insurance there is an additional cost of 14.50 (pounds). 


Have you tried out this circular route around Oswestry? On Sunday 9 September we will be walking the route using the trail leaflet.  11 mile (starting at Gateacre Car park) and 6 mile (starting at the racecourse) options. We plan to produce a new trail leaflet soon, so this is a chance to check out any changes and suggest improvements. For more info keep an eye on "Our group walks" on this site or contact Diane on 01691 622651.


The whole of the new main route of the Shropshire Way has been defined and waymarking is in progress.  For more information see the newsletter.  Sorting out the route is a huge achievement and we will definitely be using it for walks in the future. 


We had a super walk along the coast from Criccieth to Porthmadog, in beautiful weather.  Porthmadog was the hottest place in Britain that day! Then teas and ice creams.  Many thanks to Gwen for organising this great day out.


Please remember to return your contact preference forms (for email, post, phone) which were sent out by post in  May.  Without your consent, Oswestry Ramblers will not be able to contact you to let you know about future events. Any questions about this, or if you have misplaced your form, please email Barbara the Membership Secretary



NEW JUNE GROUP NEWSLETTER available here.  Many thanks to Peter Danby and contributors for putting this together.

LOCAL WALKING FESTIVALS. There are some great festivals coming up in our area over the next few months:

Corwen Walking Festival on weekend of 1-2 September 2018.  There are 15 walks on the programme, all free of charge. For info

Wellington Walking Festival 10-16 September 2018.  Programme available soon. For info

Barmouth Walking Festival 15-24 September. Programme is now available there are 38 walks, cost approx. £8.50 each. For info



Thank you for your responses to the questionnaire survey to help us plan future activities.  We had 52 responses which was great. The results of the survey are available here. A few headlines:

  • More people preferred 4-6 mile (46%) and 6-10 mile (63%) walks. Less than 4 mile walks and more than 10 mile walks were preferred by fewer (13% for both).
  • It was clear that people like a wide range and choice of walks - distance, grade and location
  • 81% of respondents enjoy the locations of walks in current programmes; 25% would like more walks in the mountains and 15% more walks at the coast
  • 73% found the current grade/difficulty of walks suitable.  Approximately similar numbers would prefer more short walks (20%) as would prefer more long walks (17%).  Similar numbers would prefer more easy walks (15%) as would prefer more hard walks (19%).

There were many useful suggestions for example:

  • earlier start times, especially in winter and for longer walks
  • 25% of respondents would like information about the start point of the walk to be available in the published programme and in walkfinder on the website
  • 48% would like walks with pub lunches
  • 56% would like walks with visits to gardens and historic houses
  • people would like a place to provide comments, ideas etc eg via Facebook

We will be taking these comments and ideas on board in planning future activities.  Please remember that we are always keen to have volunteers to lead, or help to lead walks.

 Any questions to Maggie at


SHROPSHIRE AREA ANNUAL REPORT. Shropshire Area Report for the last year is now available. This includes a lot of info about what is going on throughout Shropshire.