SUMMER AWAYDAY TO THE COAST. This year the summer awayday is on Thursday 27th June. There will be a coach to Barmouth and then a 5 mile walk led by Jane Hudson. There will be time for tea etc in Barmouth before returning home. The cost will be £12.50 per person, non-refundable, members only. Please book your place with Gwen by phone or text (07896 793423) and send a cheque (payable to Oswestry Ramblers) to Pat Harper, Ashlands, Maesbrook, Oswestry, SY10 8QW by 13 May. It is first come first served and a 36 seater coach so it is advisable to book early. The coach will pick up in Ellesmere, Oswestry and Llansantffraid.
CANAL BOAT TRIP. Oswestry Ramblers are planning a canal boat day trip from Trevor Basin on Thursday 5th September. There are still some places available, so if you are interested please contact Barbara on 07866 532979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER LOCAL WALKING EVENTS
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 24th -27th May. Theme is pirates. Details available here.
CURLEW AND LAPWING SOS!
The Tanat to Perry Community Wildlife 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. You do not need to be an expert birdwatcher. If you would like to help in the project, please contact Claire Backshall email@example.com. Further info on the 2019 survey and how you can help is here.
WALKING FESTIVALS - links to programmes below
12-14 April. Kington Walks Spring weekend. Programme and booking form here.
4-6 May. Llangollen Walking Festival
4-12 May. Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival. Programme available here to download. Free walks!!
10-12 May. Whitchurch Walking Festval. Programme now available
15-19 May. Bishops Castle Walking Festival
17-19 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.
2019 OSWESTRY RAMBLERS HOLIDAYS
1. May 20-23 2019 (incl). Aberdaron, Gwynedd
A 3-night holiday based in Aberdaron on the Llyn Peninsula with 4 walks. 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 may have space for a few more people, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Thursday 25 April 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 4.5 mile / 7.2 km walk
Sunday 28 April 2019Starting at 10:00A leisurely 4.5 mile / 7.2 km walk
Sunday 28 April 2019Starting at 09:00A moderate 7.5 mile / 12.1 km walk
Thursday 2 May 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 6 mile / 9.7 km walk
Sunday 5 May 2019Starting at 09:30A moderate 8 mile / 12.9 km walk
Thursday 9 May 2019Starting at 00:00A moderate 6 mile / 9.7 km walk