Dudley Ramblers



NEW MAPS have recently been bought to complete the set of O.S. Explorer maps covering a 40-50 mile radius of Dudley.

Our maps have recently been up-graded to the modern orange Explorers.

Should you wish to borrow a map, we do have all the local maps now and they are available in the new modern edition.

The list of new maps is below.

Whilst some of us use GPS and other means of tracking and planning our walks, it was still felt at the committee meeting that a one off investment to update the maps covering places local to us would be appropriate. We already have maps that cover the remaining areas within a 40-50 mile radius of Dudley.

Please phone me if you require a map on 01384 394094, or email me on christinacoo@yahoo.co.uk and let me know so that I can arrange for you to borrow one.

Dudley Ramblers keeps other O.S. maps covering more distant areas of England & Wales.  Some maps are in the latest editions, most are yellow Explorers.  However, it is always worth enquiring to see if a map is in one of the 5 boxes if you are off on holiday or planning a walk that is further afield.


179 – Gloucester, Cheltenham & Stroud *

OL14 – Wye Valley *

189 – Hereford & Ross on Wye  190 – Malvern Hills & Bredon Hill

201 – Knighton & Presteigne   202 – Leominster & Bromyard

203 – Ludlow     204 – Worcester & Droitwich

205 – Stratford & Evesham   206 – Edge Hill & Fenny Compton

216 – Welshpool & Montgomery  217 – Long Mynd

218 – Kidderminster & Wyre Forest  219 – Wolverhampton

220 – Birmingham    222 – Rugby & Daventry

240 – Oswestry    241 – Shrewsbury

242 – Telford & Ironbridge   243 – Market Drayton

244 – Cannock Chase & Chasewater  Exp6 – Cannock Chase

245 – The National Forest & Burton on Trent

257 – Crewe & Nantwich   258 – Stoke on Trent

259 – Derby     OL24 – White Peak

Don’t forget that if you don’t use the internet or library, or find yourself short on ideas for a walk, we have a number of books, and a full folder of pre-prepared walks to use.

Maps marked * are borderline 40-50 mile radius of Dudley.  A note regarding some of the maps is that, although the main city or town of the map may be within a 50 mile radius, the outlying area does go beyond this limit.

Above all though, have fun planning your walks.                             



Happy Walking - Everyone

Winter/Spring Newsletter 2020

Hello everyone

 You’ll notice I’ve headed this newsletter as Winter/Spring.  The winter’s not quite over yet, and today, as I’m typing this, we’re in the middle of a storm again, although it seems more wind than rain.  Spring is on it’s way though.  When we were on our way to a walk the other week, a patch of daffodils were in full bloom, and snowdrops were out.  Also, the miniature daffs in my garden are waiting to open their sleepy little heads.  It’s a lovely time of year, with new life to look forward to, and on the whole weather wise, we’re a lot more fortunate than others.

 Again, as with the last programme, there’s a slight change to it.  The pattern of the walks is still the same, but there are no precise details, or postcodes, of where the walk will start from.  This is due to the fact that this encourages walkers to go straight to the start of a walk rather than the car park at Dudley.  If there is a change to a walk, or one is cancelled, at the last minute, the only way of knowing this is by going into Dudley first.  I appreciate that some club members live quite a distance away, but for those of us who live a lot closer, it shouldn’t be a problem.

 Enclosed with the programme is an invitation to this year’s weekend away.  We’re off to Llandudno this year.  Not too far away, and not such a long journey as last year’s holiday to Newquay. I’ll be leading another walk again, and, I PROMISE that my short walk will only be 4/5 miles.  It was 7 last year, although I didn’t realise this when I was sussing it.  Everyone did ok though, and we had a beautiful lunchtime stop at a stunning seaside café/restaurant, and a pub stop for shelter when the heavens opened.  Many laughs were had.  It’s just great to be walking by the sea, my favourite place to be.

  The AGM is almost upon us: Sunday 1 March, 11:30am, at Pensnett Liberal Club.  It would be good to see everyone.  I’ll be running round in a flat spin, but hope that I won’t miss the sandwiches, nibbles and cake that will be provided.  I did last year, so spare a thought for your chairman/secretary so that I don’t get left with the crumbs. “I can hear those violins playing already.”

 Finally, as ever, thank you all for being part of Dudley Ramblers.  Hopefully this year we’ll get a few new members.  New faces are always most welcome.

  Marie – Club Chair/Secretary