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.                             



Hello all

Well another 4 months has flown by. Where does the time go?  Remember the schooldays when the summer holidays used to last for eons! Ah dear, BUT, even so, we have another walks programme to see us through part of the winter.  There are a few gaps, so keep hassling our walks co-ordinators, John and Norma, to let them know of walks you can lead.  They’ll be looking to fill the next programme when you’re reading this.  If anyone requires a map, don’t forget that Christina holds a full complement of them.  Just make contact with her.

There are several invitations enclosed with this newsletter. The first is for the Christmas Meal, or at least I hope it is!!  As I write this, barely a week before you’re reading it, I still haven’t received the menu from the venue.  This year we’re going to Ma Pardoe’s at Netherton, or some of you may know it as The Old Swan, on Sunday 2 December.  There will be a short walk of 4 miles beforehand.  Also enclosed are invitations for a Fish & Chip Supper, on Valentines Day evening – Thursday 14 February, and a coach ramble to Chester on Sunday 7 April.  Please show support for these as a lot of work goes into arranging them.  Besides which we always have a lovely time.  There will also be a ‘Mince Pie Munch’ on Thursday 17 January.  This event is traditionally before Christmas but this time we thought we would arrange it for afterwards.  Just turn up at Pensnett Liberal Club at around 7:45pm with food aplenty.

One of the items discussed by the committee, and this was brought to our attention by a new club member, is the need to carry details whilst walking of your next of kin.  This is in the unfortunate circumstance of an accident happening.  A brilliant idea was a simple sticker on the back of your mobile phone.  Most people carry these so it was thought the most logical place to put the information.

Finally, and with regret, I have to make everyone aware that it has been decided by the committee not to contribute as a club in the organising of the Dudley Trail next year.  As has been said in previous newsletters it has become increasingly difficult to recruit volunteers in the Dome at Dudley Leisure Centre.  We had already stopped manning some of the checkpoints.  All in all it was becoming an ever more stressful role to fulfil.

I’ll sign off by saying as always:

                                      Marie – Club Secretary

Happy Walking - Everyone