Cirencester Ramblers

2017, March 3rd Sidmouth Away Weekend

The Bedford Hotel in Sidmouth hosted our away weekend this year. The general view seemed to be that this was one of the best hotels the group have stayed in. There were 49 of us in total with 14 arriving on Thursday 2 March and the remainder arriving on the Friday with 30 of the group staying on for Sunday night.

The hotel was ideally located on the Esplanade and a short walk from the delightful town centre. There were 2 organised walks on the Saturday (6 and 11 miles); and 3 walks on the Sunday (, 6 and 7 miles).  To goto the walk report for any of the five walks click on the blue distance number.

The local attractions some explored during their stay were the nearby Donkey Sanctuary and Bicton Botanical Gardens. While others made use of the local bus service to travel into Exeter so even those that did not go on the organised walks could find something to do each day.

All over Sidmouth there were glorious beds of daffodils in flower, the gift of a benefactor in 2013, when 178,000 spring bulbs were planted, with more being added each year, towards a target of one million bulbs.

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It may be March but there were still those out surfboarding

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The Bedford Hotel


One of the many beds of flowering daffodils

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Some of the sights at Bicton Botanical Gardens

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A visit to the Donkey Sanctuary


Next Village Visit

The next Village Visit for retired Ramblers and friends will be on Wednesday 18th July at The Eliot Arms, South Cerney. A table is booked from midday. There is a regular Stagecoach 51/51a bus Service to the village.

As usual all members and their friends are welcome to join us

For further details contact, Bill Irving, tel 01285 650012.


Advance notice of the August visit, Wednesday August 22nd 2018. We will meet for lunch at midday at the Beefeater Restaurant, King's Meadow,Cirencester

Our Forthcoming Events

Gloucester Quays - Walk & Boat Trip 9th September 2018

A 5.5 mile leisurely morning walk in the Gloucester Quays area including the Severn Way, Glevum Way and Sharpness Canal.  At 2.30 pm there is the option of a 45 mins boat trip at a cost of £5 pp (normal non-group rate is £6.50). Those that want to come along please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 1 June 2018

Mid week Break 2018 at Torquay

Monday 8th October 2018. Click here for full details.

Away Weekend 2019

March 22 to 24 with option to extend to 3 or 4 night break - Staying at The Pines Hotel, Swanage with long and short walks on the Saturday and Sunday.  For further information contact Rosemary Bailey 01666 577755 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.