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.                             



Summer Newsletter  2018  


Summer’s here.  I love this season.  Sunshine.  Flowers. Warm days. Balmy evenings.  Mmm…..  Well, I’m not sure about the last one, but you get my drift.  At least we have lighter nights, meaning longer days.

Some thank yous are due:  

To Mike Ball, for the Dudley Trail.  The role of arranging volunteers is becoming ever more stressful.  A little more on this later.  It was the 38th Trail and nearly 1600 people took part in the walking event.  Thanks must also go to those who gave up their time to help ‘man’ the desks at The Dome.

A big thank you also to John Brennan.  He arranged 2 great events.  The Cardiff day trip and the riverboat cruise and meal at Stratford upon Avon.  Thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Going back to the Dudley Trail, the committee members are having serious discussions regarding this event.  Dudley Ramblers have been involved for many many years, but due to the difficulty in getting volunteers year after year to help out, we are seriously considering not taking part next year.  I, and others, were in the dome for a considerable part of the day, and it’s actually quite enjoyable.  Booking walkers in, and then seeing their sense of achievement when completing walks, however many miles they’ve done, is great.  Even those with four legs, although they’ve got a bit of an advantage over us mere mortals!  This event is always the Sunday before the 1st bank holiday Monday in May, so PLEASE everyone, if we are going to continue to be a part of this, if you would think about helping out next year it would be very much appreciated.

I must mention the General Data Protection Regulations that came into force on

25 May.  This is to advise everyone that any details given by club members are only ever used to provide notifications of walks, events and other essential information within the club.

Finally, can I just say about walk leaders. Without them there would be no club. Thank you to all of you who lead walks.  Keep them coming.  Walk co-ordinators, John and Norma, are now looking to fill the next programme from November through to February 2019.


                 Marie – Club Secretary