What we're about

A warm welcome to the Sandwell group of the Ramblers. We aim to help you enjoy walking, get outdoors, make new friends and improve your health and well being. We try to cultivate a friendly, fun and inclusive atmosphere and pride ourselves on being culturally diverse. We offer different grades of walk to appeal to both experienced walkers and to those who prefer more leisurely outings.

Some of our walks are graded as Moderate. These walks will have hills and plenty of ups and downs - so you will need a good level of fitness. However, most of our walks are graded as Leisurely and are for walkers with just a reasonable level of fitness.

We organise a full day's walk on most Sundays and occasionally we walk on Saturdays and weekdays too. Throughout the year, we also arrange weekends away in some of the loveliest parts of the UK and organise walking holidays both at home and abroad.

The beauty of walking is that you need very little to get going. We recommend that you bring comfortable boots or stout footwear, waterproof clothing, a hat and sun protection in the summer and gloves and warm clothing in the winter. Bring plenty of water, and a packed lunch for day walks.

The Sandwell Group is a member of the Staffordshire Area Ramblers as well as the Ramblers whose values are to be:

• welcoming - to all, and particularly to newcomers

• positive - looking to have fun and create enjoyment

• inclusive - welcoming people from diverse backgrounds, and being sensitive to the needs of different communities

• ethical - being respectful of others, honest in what we say, and thinking through the consequences of what we do

• environmentally responsible - promoting activities and behaviour which are sustainable and which benefit the environment.

If you join us on our walks, you will experience the warmth and good humour of our group. You know you want to!

We usually average around 28 attendees on each walk, so you will have plenty of good company.

For more, view our website (https://www.ramblers.org.uk/sandwell)

Upcoming events (5+)

Stone and Downs Banks

ST15 8QN

Sun 31 March[masked]:00 - 9 miles/14.5 km - Moderate (Finishes 15:30 approx). Moderate walks contain hills and ups and downs. Stone and Downs Banks Starts at 10:00: Crown Street free public car park at the rear of the Star Inn, Crown Street, Stone. 38 miles from West Bromwich. (ST15 8QN, SJ902337) A walk from Stone in the footsteps of Josiah Wedgwood and James Brindley. With three climbs, the walk includes the Downs, the Millennium Monument, the National Trust woodland at Downs Banks, the Wedgwood Estate, Barlaston and a section of the Trent and Mersey Canal used for transporting raw materials to the potteries and fine china and porcelain on its way to customers all over the world. We always give a warm welcome to new members and also to members of other Ramblers groups. Group: Sandwell Circular walk Estimated finish time: 15:30 Contact: Pat and Barry,[masked] Pace: Steady Surroundings: Hill, woodland, stream, canal, country park Themes: History, heritage Facilities: Toilet, parking

Birmingham Graveyard Ghost Walk

St. Philips Cathedral

Join us to discover the stories of some of Birmingham's most haunted locations as we explore the darker side of city's history whilst also getting in a walk! Tour run and hosted by Midlands Discovery Tours www.midlandsdiscoverytours.co.uk/ghost-walks The walk starts at St Philip's Churchyard and ends at Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter. Total distance walked is less than 2 miles...plenty of pubs at the end of the tour! Comfy footwear and come dressed for the weather. For more information and to book directly see link above. Let me know if you choose to do this. If you would like me to book for you please contact me on the email address below. This is a very popular tour so places go quickly...only 22 places, if you are interested please respond asap. Non-members are welcome to join us. Hope to see you there. [masked]

Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Hill and Longborough

Sun 7 April[masked]:15 - 8.3 miles/13.4 km - Leisurely (Finishes 16:00 approx.) Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Hill and Longborough Starts at 10:15: Turn right (West) off A429 just over Railway Bridge, just before Moreton, signed Batsford, park on L/H side by Recreation Area. 56 miles from West Bromwich. (GL56 9QA, SP204329) On this north Cotswolds walk, we head west on the Monarch’s Way, to Batsford Arboretum – a gentle climb. It is then south on the Heart of England Way, stopping at St. Lawrence’s churchyard in Bourton-on-the-Hill for sandwiches. After this, we continue south past Sezincote House, with its spring fed pools draining into the River Evanlade, to Longborough, returning north-east to Moreton-in-Marsh. We always give a warm welcome to new members and also to members of other Ramblers groups. Group: Sandwell Circular walk Estimated finish time: 16:00 Contact: Clive and Nick,[masked] or[masked], [masked] Pace: Steady Surroundings: Village, hill, farmland, long-distance footpaths Themes: History, heritage Special status: Historic park/garden, Conservation Area

Bridgnorth, High Rock and Stanmore Country Park

Sun 14 April[masked]:00 - 9 miles/14.5 km - Moderate (Finishes 15:00 approx.) Bridgnorth, High Rock and Stanmore Country Park Starts at 10:00: Stanmore Country Park Car Park (Free). Located just off the A454 Bridgnorth to Wolverhampton Road. Follow the signs for Stanmore Industrial Estate then look for signs to the Country Park. The car park is on the right-hand side of the industrial estate access road. 21 miles from West Bromwich. (WV15 5HP, SO741928) A varied walk that passes through woodland, follows riverside paths to Bridgnorth, then gently climbs to an impressive viewpoint at High Rock before returning along the River Worfe to the start point. The walk begins on good woodland paths at the Stanmore Country Park which was once the site of an RAF training camp. We walk past Stanmore Hall and Quatford Castle to reach the River Severn near Quatford. There follows a pleasant two-mile riverside stretch to popular Bridgnorth, which is perched high on a sandstone cliff, with its caves, castle, and heritage steam railway. It’s a fascinating place, full of attractions, which begs to be explored. On leaving the town we head towards another high cliff - the imposing High Rock - which affords some pretty spectacular views from its peak 100 meters above the River Severn. We climb the Rock steadily along attractive woodland paths. After taking in the views, we continue to a broad track known as Batch Lane which takes us down to the tranquil setting of the River Worfe near Rindleford. We walk along this quiet river and then through fields to return to the start point. We give a warm welcome to new members and also to members of other Ramblers groups. Group: Sandwell Circular walk Estimated finish time: 15:00 Contact: Paul and Julia,[masked] or[masked], [masked] Pace: Steady Surroundings: Farmland, town, country park Themes: Wildlife, nature, history, heritage, long distance path Facilities: Parking

Past events (13)

Dudmaston, Comer Woods and Hampton Loade

WV15 6QN

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