The Newborough walking group has never really had a proper name – being variously called The Ramblers, The Walkers and my particular favourite these days – The (R)Amblers.

The walkers first came together in 1988 through a request from Newborough Parish Council to the Women’s Institute to do a survey of all the Parish footpaths. When this was complete members agreed that it had (in the main) been quite a pleasant experience and it was decided to start walking on a regular basis. At first only WI members took part, but then it was opened to husbands and finally to anyone who wished to join in. We are not a large group so there isn’t too long a wait to get over stiles! There has never been a Committee, rules, subscriptions or even a regular leader, everyone taking it in turns to lead or to suggest a walk. We usually walk once a month.

Today there are several of the original members still walking with the group even after all those years. Our walks now tend to be shorter, and on routes that avoid hills and stiles.  We are easily put off walking by bad weather (we walk for pleasure, not for endurance after all), but nevertheless we try to meet regularly to enjoy each others company, the fresh air, the new scenery and of course the exercise (not to mention the pub lunches). Most walks are under three miles now.

During 2017 we have continued our outings, going north, south, east and west, mostly in our own county.

We explored the old market town of Uttoxeter, then walked along the Trent & Mersey canal from Shobnall to Tatenhill. Next another ‘watery’ venue – Blithfield Reservoir, where we had to negotiate several fallen trees, the aftermath of Storm Doris. A couple of bus rides took us to Belper, where we admired the spring flowers in the Riverside Gardens, then walked alongside the Derwent.  Then a place new to us, the little village of Stramshall. Next came a ‘mystery’ walk on Hednesfield Hills, trying to follow photographed directions.  In the summer we discovered Bretby Hall, and next month enjoyed the colourful bedding displays in Stapenhill Gardens. Off to Rolleston next, and then the Roman settlement of Wall. In November we were at the National Memorial Arboretum, walking alongside the river Tame. We ended the year without a walk but enjoyed a Christmas meal at Draycott. 

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