We are delighted to share that Ramblers activities can restart a little sooner than expected – that should be welcome news for many of you! Group walks and other outdoor volunteer activities can now resume in England from Monday 29th March. The UK government’s new detailed guidance, published on Tuesday, makes it clear that organised outdoor sport and physical activity, including organised walks, will be exempt from gathering limits.  This clarity means we don’t need to wait until 12th April to get activities up and running again. All volunteer activities must be organised in a Covid-secure way, following our updated guidance and FAQs.

Normally the Stone Group meets at Westbridge Park (canoe club car park) every Tuesday at 10:15am unless otherwise stated. All walks have qualified leaders. There are normally two walks on offer, a shorter and a longer walk (max 90 mins). All subject to last minute change if necessary. On alternate weeks we travel to local areas of interest. Travel time max 40 mins.

Contacts: Pam Bradley: 01785 811227 or Chris and Colin Rhodes: 01782 374412

Updates to this document may be found at or

6th April Hem Heath Woods Note change of car park as the barrier has been down at Wedgwood. If you get to the level crossing you have gone too far. In the "lay-by" off Barlaston Old Road just before the bridge over the canal.
13th April Salt On the road adjacent to the Holy Bush Inn ST18 0BX
20th April Longton Park Cocknage Road Entrance
27th April Common Plot Canoe Club Car park Stone
4th May Barlaston Village Through Village to canal for circular walk Village Green Car Park ST112 9AE Pam Bradley
11th May Sandon Church Uphill over grassy meadows, possibility one stile and lanes Opposite Dog & Doublet ST18 0DJ Mike Stanley
18th May Down Banks Established well walked slightly uneven paths, longer walk involves some hills National Trust Car Park ST15 8UU Bill Black
25th May Loynton Moss Wildlife Trust Site, towpath to Norbury Junction and return through farmland Loynton Car Park ST20 0PQ Chris Calkin

Preparing for the walk

1. Car sharing should be avoided so you should provide your own means to get to the start of the walk.
2. Carry a face covering for use in case of incidents.
3. Consider bringing hand sanitizer and/or wearing gloves.
4. Bring any drink and equipment you need, including first aid kits. It is advised that these should not be shared with others outside your household/bubble.
5. Bring suitable clothing/footwear for the weather conditions.
6. You should assume that almost all walks might involve gates and/or stiles.
7. You should assume many walks will involve crossing roads or possible sections of road walking. Road walking should be done single file with social distancing and advice from the leader should be followed.

On the day of the walk

Social distancing is everyone's responsibility.
1. Maintain a social distance from everyone outside your household/bubble and from others we may pass on the walk.
2. Be prepared to move into single file where necessary and to step aside on any narrower paths to let others pass.