Walking on your own is healthy,
Walking together is fun, but
Walking in a group is great.
And so say all of us!

Thurlaston Ramblers undertook its first walk on 24th January 1988 and all are listed on the Group's 'official' Red Book.  This suggests in excess of 300 rambles have been completed!  Have a look at snippets from the Red Book, and a few photos below. 

For those that are not aware, we try to organise an easy walk once per month of about 4  to 5 miles in length, ending at a pub for lunch. Each walk is organised by a member volunteer. However the walks are open to all. If you can’t or don’t wish to walk, you are welcome to have lunch only. Just let the organiser know. We normally meet at the bus shelter on the Main Street at 10.00 am.

The organiser for each particular event is responsible for planning their walk with a suitable hostelry.  Walk details are posted on the ThurlastonNet along with the organiser's contact details, usually telephone number or email address, at least two weeks prior to the date of the walk.  Villagers need to respond to the organiser if they wish to join the trip.  The organiser will the liaise with the hostelry to book lunch and ask for car volunteers to give lifts to the walk starting point and back.

The Ramblers coordinator during 2022 is Mary Cook, proposed dates are:

12th March
21st April
18th May
9th June
13th July
13th August
14th September
15th October
9th November
10th December 

Ramblers 2022

12th March 2022

 The first walk of the year - a leisurely trip in Daventry Country Park.


18th May 2022

Based at Clifton-upon-Dunsmore

A circular 4 mile walk mostly using green pathways within the Clifton area.
Lunch was taken at the Bull Inn.

13th July 2022

Based at Braunston

A circular 6 mile walk from Braunston to Ashby St Ledgers and back.
The walk followed the Grand Union Canal to the start of the Braunston Tunnel then along the Pack Horse Trail and cross country to Ashby St Ledgers.  The final leg back to Braunston was along the Jurassic Way.
Lunch was taken at the Admiral Nelson at Braunston.
Weather - warm and sunny. 



Ramblers 2022

21st April 2022

The Heart of the Shires Shopping Village, Watling Street.

A 4.5 mile walk through the hamlet of Brockhall with a return along the canal. 

Lunch taken at the Darlington Tea Rooms. 


9th June 2022

Barby Circular

A 4.5m circular walk starting at the Village Hall and heading westwards towards Barby Wood and Onley with fine vistas towards Dunchurch.  In part the return route included the Oxford Canal.
Warm fine weather.
Lunch was taken at the Red Lion in Kilsby.



Ramblers 2021

12th May 2021

Base: Thurlaston

Distance: 4.5 miles
Organiser:  Dave Owens
Weather: Generally bright and sunny, occasional shower.
Route: Via Biggin Hall Lane to Draycote Meadows, Sustrans 41 towards Whitefields Golf Course, Biggin Hall Lane to Field Cottage Farm, Halfway Lane and Coventry Road to Soltice (for refreshments).


14th July 2021

Base: Wolston (Sports and Leisure Community Centre)

Organiser: Ev Murphy
A circular walk of approximately 5 miles, visiting the site of the Wroth Silver Ceremony and skirting Brandon Marsh.
Lunch taken at the Roseycombe in Binley Woods.

8th September 2021

Base: Napton (Folly Inn)

Organiser: David Cooper
A circular walk taking in the Millenium Way.
Distance: 5 miles (approx)
Lunch taken at the Folly Inn


 9th December 2021

 Base: Thurlaston

Organiser: Helen & Des Creery.
Route:  From Thurlaston to Frankton, via Draycote Water and Draycote Hamlet. Weather:  Rain both ways.
Distance: 7.5 miles.
Lunch:  Taken at the Friendly Inn, Frankton.




10th June 2021

Base: Boat Inn, Birdingbury

Broadwell & Leamington Hastings circular walk
Distance: 5 miles approx
Organiser: David Cooper
Weather: sunny and warm
Route : via Grand Union Canal and across country to Broadwell and Leamington Hastings and back to the Boat Inn.
Lunch was taken at the Boat Inn - excellent menu and food.


12th August 2021

Base: Brinklow (Bull's Head)

Organiser: Sheena Ashford
A circular walk within the Brinklow area using lanes, field paths and a canal towpath.
Distance: 4.5 miles
Lunch taken at the Bull's Head. 


14th October 2021

Base:  Packwood House

Organiser: Penny Holcroft
Route:  A circular walk of just over 4 miles along lanes, tracks and field edges.  The route included passing a nearby 13th C church.




Ramblers 2020

12th March 

Base: Sawbridge

Distance: 5 miles
Organiser: Ev Murphy
Weather:  Generally bright and sunny, albeit a cool wind.
Route:  A clockwise circular route, on the outward journey heading towards Wolfhamcote, then south passing Boundary Farm, crossing over the Grand Union Canal back to Sawbridge.
Lunch: The Kings Head, Napton

16th July

Base: Thurlaston

Distance: 6 miles
Organiser: Keith & Kath Boardman
Weather: Mild with occasional sunny spells
Route: Thurlaston to Birdingbury (via Draycote Meadow, Draycote & Draycote Hill Farm).
Lunch: Back at base.

12th August 

Base Thurlaston 

Distance: 4 miles
Organiser: Colin & Mary Cook
Weather: Very warm and sunny
Route:    Thurlaston to Cawston Spinney into Dunchurch.  Pit stop at the ‘Secret     Garden' cafe and back via the footpath behind Doncerce Close. 

17th September

Base:  Braunston Canal footpaths
Organiser:  Stephen Lewington
Weather:   A pleasant sunny day
About the walk:   Canal boats were very busy up and down the canal.  We walked around St. Peter’s in Wolfhampcote.  It wasn’t possible to go in as it was closed to the public due to vandalism.
Lunch:   At the Boat House.  The food was good and Covid safety measures were in operation.


14th October

Base: Stockton
Distance:  4 miles approx
Organiser:  Peter & Mo Steer
Weather:  A pleasant sunny autumnal day.
Route:  A circular walk - NE outbound over pastures to the Grand Union Canal, and then west along the canal to the Blue Lias Inn.  Back to the Crown via Stockton Farm Fields.
Lunch: The New Crown Inn, Stockton

Ramblers 2019

14th March

Base: Hatton
Distance: 5 miles approx
Organisers: Peter and Mo Steer
Weather: Showery, but mostly dry during the walk.
Route:     A circular route crossing farmland, passing:

  • A local brewery (Church Farm);
  • A 12thC church which served a village, wiped out in 1350 by the Black Death; the church was restored to be the battalion church for the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, whose barracks were nearby from 1877 to the mid-1960s;
  • The flight of locks known as the Stairway to Heaven (Grand Union Canal).

Lunch was taken at the Hatton Locks Cafe - an excellent value cafe, good food, excellent service.

Ramblers Hatton



17th April

Base: Leek Wootton (Anchor Inn)
Distance:    5 miles approx
Organisers: Colin and Mary Cook
Weather:     Warm and sunny 
Route:  A circular route broadly following the perimeter of The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club, and passing close to Leek Wootton church which was visited.  A section of the walk is along the Millennium Way.

Lunch was taken at the Anchor Inn - good food, good service. 


19th June

Base: Monks Kirby (Denbigh Arms)

Distance: 3 miles approx
Organiser: Dave Owens
Weather: A little overcast but with sunny intervals. 
Route: A gentle 3 mile stroll, clockwise to Pailton and back.

Lunch was taken at the Denbigh Arms, Monks Kirby

16th May

Base: Combrook
Distance: 5 miles approx
Organisers: David & Jenny Cooper
Weather: Warm and sunny
Route: A delightful circular walk with wonderful landscapes, encompassing  Compton Verney and Compton Pools.
Lunch was take at The Antelope Inn in Lighthorne. 


18th July

Base:  Upper Boddington (The Plough Inn)

Distance :  4 miles approx.
Organiser:  Keith Boardman
Weather: Early drizzle, sunny by lunch time, mild.
Route: Circular route commencing along the Millennium Way towards Priors Hardwick, across the Welsh Road,  returning near to Highlands Farm. 
One dodgy stile!
Lunch was taken at The Plough Inn.


14th August

Base: Weedon Bec (Plume of Feathers pub)

Distance : 3 miles approx.

Organiser: Kay Thorpe

Weather: Very wet, pretty much constant rain.

Route: A circular route taking in the Nene Way to All Saints Church at Flore and returning along the Grand Union Canal calling at the Royal Ordnance Depot before returning to the pub.

Lunch was taken at The Plume of Feathers


16th October 

Base: Priors Marston

Distance:  4 miles
Organiser:  Penny Holcroft
Weather:  Overcast, a little wet under foot.
Route:   A circular walk from  Priors Marston to Hellidon and its golf course, returning to Priors Marston.
Lunch:   The Holly Bush, Priors Marston. 

13th November

Base:  Weedon Bec 

Distance:  3 miles
Organiser:  Steve Lewington
Weather:  Cloudy bright, a little wet under foot.
Route:  A circular route around the south side of Weedon Bec that took in panoramic views from above the village.
Lunch:  Plume of Feathers, Weedon 


12th September

Base: Draycote Water

Distance : 5 miles

Organiser: Mary Cook

Weather: A fine warm day

Route: A walk round Draycote Water.  Lunch was taken at the Visitor Centre whilst watching Dragon Boats training.


12th December

Base: Thurlaston
Distance:  7.5 miles approx
Organiser: Helen & Des Creery
Weather:  Rain - both ways, only 4 walkers braved the return journey!
Route:  Thurlaston to Frankton (via Draycote Water, Draycote village) and back.
Lunch:  Friendly Inn,  Frankton 

Snaps from our archives


En route to Grandborough 2010 


Ramblers Hatton

Napton 2018 

Hunningham 2018 


Edge Hill walk 2017

Brailles Walk 2017