Events and news

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SUMMER AWAYDAY. There will be an Oswestry Ramblers awayday to the coast by coach with a circular walk from Barmouth on Thursday 27th June 2019. Further details in due course  - save the date!

CANAL BOAT TRIP.  Oswestry Ramblers are planning a canal boat day trip from Trevor Basin on Thursday 5th September. We hope to hire 2 boats with places for 10 people per boat. If you are interested please contact Barbara as soon as possible on 07866 532979 or


CORVEDALE CAKE WALK. Saturday 27 April. Marches Long Distance Walkers event starting at Holdgate in Corvedale and organised with parishoners of Holdgate Church. 22 mile or 10 mile options. Entry £13 (incl BBQ at end). Further info and online booking here.

BISHOPS CASTLE ROUND AND ABOUT WALKS. Saturday 11th May. Ramble (23 miles), Scramble (13 miles) or Amble (10 miles) for the charity Bloodwise. £20 entry (£18 before 1 April) includes lunch, refreshments and transport.  Further info and online booking here.

TREFONEN HILLWALK WEEKEND 2019. This year it's on 25th -27th May. Details soon.


The next meeting of the Tanat to Perry Community Wildlife group will be on Tuesday 5th March 7.30pm at Morda Village Hall. This group was set up to study the local populations of Curlew and Lapwing as their numbers both locally and nationally have plumeted in recent years.  As Oswestry Ramblers members are out and about in the countryside all the time, you may like to be involved in this project and your local knowledge would be valuable.  The meeting is for anyone who'd like to know more about these wonderful birds and what can be done to help them. No need to be an expert birdwatcher come along: everyone's welcome.  If you would like to help in the project, but can’t make the meeting please contact Claire Backshall detail here.


WALKING FESTIVALS - links to programmes below

12-14 April. Kington Walks Spring weekend

4-6 May. Llangollen Walking Festival

4-12 May. Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival. Free walks!

10-12 May. Whitchurch Walking Festival. Programme available soon

15-19 May. Bishops Castle Walking Festival

18-20 May Prestatyn and Clwydian Range Walking Festival Programme available in March.

17-19 May. Trefriw Walking Festival, Conwy

15 June. Drovers Walks, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys.

20-23 June. Church Stretton Walking Festival

Also look out for festivals in Much Wenlock, Corwen, Wellington, Barmouth, Kington and Montgomery from late August onwards.


THE OS FAN CLUB SHOW.  Friday 5th April. Habberley Village Hall (SY5 0TP). Tickets £10.

Join Ordnance Survey enthusiast, Helen Wood, for a humorous exploration of the much-loved, fold-out, paper map. This Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show takes a fascinating, laughter-filled, virtual ramble and celebrates the simple beauty of Britain's inspiring national treasure. Helen introduces key characters from Ordnance Survey history, grapples with a selection of rambling gadgets and shares out the Kendal Mint Cake. . ***** 'Endearing, sincere, wholesome and zany. Comic genius.' (Everything Theatre). Tickets available here 


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

A 3-night holiday based in Aberdaron on the Llyn Peninsula.  Participants need to find and book their own accommodation (B+B, hotel, self catering, caravan, camper van etc).  Walks will be organised by Huw Jones and Janet Barlow (details later).  We are now running a waiting list for this holiday, so if you are interested in coming please contact Barbara on 07866 532979.  

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

We have now booked places on this holiday and paid deposits.  If anyone still wishes to come please contact Ceinwen on 01691 661714.  It is a 3-nights HF holiday based at Holnicote House in the Exmoor National Park with walks on the coast and on Exmoor. The cost is £299 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. 

UPDATE ON OUR COMMITTEE. Following our AGM in November 2018, our new Chair is Lorna Gwilliam. Diane Gray has also joined the Committee. Barbara Pryce-Jones remains as social secretary but is being replaced by Colin Chandler as membership secretary. Huw Jones is standing down from the Committee (but is still organising the walks for our Aberdaron holiday). Many thanks to Bruce (our outgoing Chair), Barbara and Huw for all their efforts. Colin Chandler and Bob Kimber are Area reps and Bob has stood down from the Walking Environment role. Other roles remain the same. For details see Contact the Committee page.


Have you tried out this circular route around Oswestry? On Sunday 9 September we walked the route using the trail leaflet and identified where we could improve the walk directions to make it easier to follow. 16 people completed all or half of the route (11 mile or 5.5 miles) from Gateacre Car Park or the Racecourse.  We plan to produce a new trail leaflet including the new shortcut along the railway from Wilfred Owen Green. If you have any comments on the current leaflet or improvements to suggest please contact Maggie on



The whole of the new main route of the Shropshire Way is now complete and waymarked with improved paths, stiles and gates. For more information see the NEW edition of the newsletter and website.  Sorting out the route is a huge achievement and we will definitely be using it for walks in the future. A new guidebook is being written by John Gillham and he has produced a 15 minute film which is available here on YouTube