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 everyone

Well I think spring has finally sprung hasn’t it.  Lots of pretty flowers are blooming and the blossom is on the trees.

This is the first newsletter after the AGM in March, and there are lots of lovely walks planned for the weeks and months ahead.  Events too!  Two that you are aware of are the Cardiff day trip on 27 May and the Stratford-upon-Avon boat cruise and meal on 2 June.  

Others that you won’t be aware of are: tea and cakes at Tuckhill Church on 15 July.  There will be a short walk beforehand but all are welcome at the church for the delicious homemade cakes, together with tea and coffee.  As last year, a £5.00 donation per person, towards the church, will be asked for on the day.

Included with this newsletter is a booking form for a midweek/weekend break to Torquay in October.  Anyone wishing to join in should return the form as soon as possible as spaces are limited.  Bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis with a waiting list on the same basis.  I’ve spent many a happy hour around Torbay, and, as most of you will know, it’s a lovely area of the country.

I’ll just very briefly mention, as we’ll be back to the colder weather by then, that a provisional booking has been made at Ma Pardoes – The Old Swan Inn, Netherton, for our annual Christmas Meal.  More details regarding this will be sent out with the next walks programme.

If any club members would like to arrange an event or lead a walk, all suggestions would be greatly welcomed by the committee.  Christina, our Maps Co-ordinator, always carries maps with her when she’s out walking with the club.  Just make contact with her if you require one.

To close may I just say to those members who aren’t feeling well enough to walk at the moment, may you feel a little stronger every day.

Here’s to a lovely summer                 Marie – Club Secretary