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.                             




Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the Winter Newsletter.

First of all I would like to start this newsletter by wishing you all (on behalf of your committee) a very happy and prosperous 2018.

The club has enjoyed three very good events in the latter part of the last year, namely the whist night held at the beginning of November, the Christmas lunch held at the Bull’s Head Inn, Chelmarsh, and the production of A Christmas Carol at The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. The committee’s thanks go to all those who attended the events and especially those who provided prizes for the Christmas lunch.

On the subject of the Christmas lunch, some members felt that the last two years venue at Chelmarsh is too far away and could prove a problem in bad weather.  There have been a couple of requests to look at a venue nearer home for this year – one suggestion is The Lodge in Dudley.  If there are any further suggestions please let the committee know, (soonest), so that we can discuss them further. A  help would be to get a provisional costing for your suggested venue.  Please remember that to get a good venue we need to book as early as possible.

With this newsletter you will be receiving notification and paperwork for this year’s AGM, which will be held on Sunday 4th March 2018 starting at 11:30am.  As we did last year, sandwiches will be provided for a light lunch. An important part of the AGM is the re-election/election of committee members; so please take the time and trouble to ask standing committee members if they are willing to serve a second year or canvass other club members to serve.  As I have said on previous occasions the success of the club is only as good as the commitment of its members supporting the committee.

One item on the AGM agenda will be proposed amendments to the club’s constitution which was last amended at the AGM in 2006, over ten years ago.  To save on printing costs a limited number of copies of the proposed amendments will be produced and distributed at the AGM.  The Chairman will explain the reasons behind the proposed changes.


Graham Smith