Welcome to the Stoke Lodge Ramblers Website!

Stoke Lodge Ramblers is a walking and social club based in Stoke Bishop and its surrounding areas in Bristol.  2013 saw the club  celebrate its  30th Anniversary  on 25th April 2013   with a series of walks and then a celebration lunch at Tyntesfield -photos from this  event and the 2013 Christmas Walks and Meal are now  on the 30th Anniversary Photos page of the website  (  also  see History of Club paragraph below) .

We have also just sponsored a new Kissing Gate  in the Mendips near Compton Martin on the Limestone Link footpath as a  recognition of our 30 years as a walking club -see the photos of Don and Pat Walter at the installation of the new gate on Tuesday 25th March 2014  on the 30th Anniversary Photos page

We walk on Thursdays and Sundays throughout the year  and hold a number of social and non-walking activities to cater for  all walking abilities of the club members. We now have approximately 120 members but we always welcome newcomers to what is and always has been a very friendly walking club.

Photo of  club co-founders Don and Pat Walter at the 2013 Christmas meal  held at the Mercure North Bristol Grange hotel at Winterbourne  on 12th December 2013

Pat and Don posing after the presentations
Pat and Don  after the presentations of their 30 year recognition gifts

Photo taken on  Club’s  Annual Coach trip -to Teighmough   June 2015

 The end is in sight! Group gather above Teignmouth for last push ionto the pub! 14/6/15
The end is in sight! Group gather above Teignmouth for last push onto the pub! 14/6/15


Photo from Annual Holiday at  Haytor on Dartmoor   in October 2015

Gordon, David and Andrew make it to the top of Haytor Rocks
Gordon, David and Andrew make it to the top of Haytor Rocks

HISTORY OF CLUB from DON WALTER – walks organiser and one of the club’s founder members

The club was founded in  April 1983 after a post-card was placed on the notice board of the Stoke Lodge Adult Education Institute advertising a room to use for the first meeting  for a group of friends  who were all interested in walking. The first walk took place on the 17th April 1983 when we walked the “Alternative Southern ending of the Cotswold Way”. Walks in the early days were monthly and alternated between Saturdays and Sundays. Until fairly recently we met outside Stoke Lodge to  share cars etc before walks and hence the name of the club. The club has grown significantly from these early days  and now has a membership of nearly 120 people. There is no longer any direct link to Stoke Lodge other than the name of the club!

The club aims to provide a varied range of walks that will suit all levels of  walking abilities  and also holds a number of social events throughout the year. Details of the current programme for the period covering July to December  2011 can be found by clicking on the Walks Progamme tab above.

The Objectives of the Club are as defined by the Constitution and Rules.

These are:

a) To hold regular organised walks  for the enjoyment of the club members;

b) To help members to understand the area in which they are walking and the environment generally.

It was felt by the founding members  of the club that the walks should be more than merely covering the miles, and information about places or things of interest should be passed on if possible. Similarly if something of interest crops up e.g. an unusual plant or  site of interest, we should stop and have a look at it. We feel that this strand of the club’s original idea is still valid today.

Further information about the Club.

The programme gives details of the  3 levels of walks:

SUNDAY WALKS   8-11 miles


MEDIUM WALKS   5-7 miles

SHORT WALKS       4 miles max

(can be over any terrain but at a gentler pace)

The meeting place for all walks and events is Cross Elms Lane, Stoke Bishop unless advised otherwise in the Programme or Newsletter.

Sunday walks start at 09.30 am and Thursday walks  at 10.00am. Please advise the walk leader(s) if you plan to go straight to the start of the walk.

Car sharing is important for parking and environmental reasons. The club committee recommends that passengers collectively contribute  towards the driver’s expenses. We don’t want the drivers to be “out of pocket” so although it is always at the drivers discretion  as to how much he or she charges-the committee recommends that passengers should be prepared to pay up to 10P/mile/person

The Walks Programme will indicate  if there is to be a pub lunch included and non-walkers are welcome to join in these , but please advise the walk leader in advance so that the correct numbers can be given when the lunch is booked.

The Club issues a Newsletter about 4 times a year giving Club members information about upcoming events and activities – see the NEWSLETTERS  tab above  for  latest one,

The News Update tab will give you information about the latest and upcoming  walks  and activities plus photos from recent walks.

The Links tab above  gives information about other Rambling Clubs and Associations  in the Bristol area.

See the Photo Gallery tab for photos of club members on their  recent walks -if members want to publish any of their photos please send them to Neville Brewis  at fnbrewis@btinternet.com.

Photos from the Club’s 30th Anniversary walks and celebration lunch held at Tyntesfield on Thursday 25th April 2013 can be found  by clicking on the 30th Anniversary Photos tab on the top header above.

We completed the Butcombe Brewery Trail in the  (wet) summer of 2012 – for a pictorial record of the 6 days of walking go to the BBT tab on the top header of the website.

If you are interested in joining us or  just coming along for a trial walk as our guest please contact us!


The Contacts List tab above  gives the names of the current committee members and their  emails.

Walkers having a coffee break above the magnificent Wye Valley on the Offa's Dyke footpath.
Walkers having a break above the magnificent Wye Valley on the Offa’s Dyke footpath.-April 2016


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