About the DRABS

On 28th September 2008 the DRABS will will set forth from Chipping Campden to walk the Cotswold Way over an eight day period.

The Darlingscott Rambling and Book Society was formed in 2006 in direct response to the refusal of the ladies in the village Book Club to admit men.

I thought I might say something more about each DRAB but to be frank they are all so grumpy and curmudgeonly that they would just get stroppy and want me to change it and I don’t want to risk being ostracized.  100 miles is a long way to walk alone.

The DRABS will be privileged to enjoy the company of Jeremy “you  tell Lloyd if he can do it so can I” Beech, our distinguished  guest member who will join us on the walk for as long as he can keep up.

These 5 heroic men will attempt to conquer the elements in an all or nothing attempt to walk 100 miles rising to  900ft above sea level in eight days. The path lies along a spine between the Midlands and the South West linking the honey stoned Cotswolds to the sophistication of Beau Nash Bath.  Have they still got it in them. Is it too late!  Its all very well having a quick walk at a weekend  but this is something different.  Will there be a weak link.  Has Jeremy “if Lloyd can do it so can I” Beech really been training on the quiet on his days off in Malta?

Drabs have been putting themselves through rigorous endurance training in Olympian style for the strenuous days and nights ahead ( perhaps a slight exaggeration when it comes to training for the walking part)…  and all are keeping their fingers crossed that the work, effort and time pays off.  “Its keeping up with the others at the end of the day that I’m worried about” said a Drab who wishes to remain anonymous. Was he was referring to the walk!


Not only did Jeremy “”if Lloyd can do do it so can I” Beach keep up he excelled and if now a full member of Drabs

The route in all its glory

The route in all its glory


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    Sue Horton said,

    Great blog–my favorite that I’ve found on the walk. My husband and I are going to do the Cotswold Way–with plenty of blister protection and good shoes–in April. I’m going to be writing about it for my newspaper, and I would love to be in touch with you. Please respond if you see this comment.

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      drabsociety said,

      Hi Sue

      WordPress sent me an email about your posting. I had forgotten about this blog and thought I would lose it after a year or so. The blog was for family members to track us on out walk. Reading it after receiving your post brought back some interesting memories as well as causing some embarrassment about my typing skills. I was struggling with the blog as my son set it up using Linux, which I knew nothing about, and I had to cope with that as well as never having posted a blog before. Enough of my excuses!

      Thank you for your kind comment. My email address is j.richard.lloyd@btinternet.com.


      Richard Lloyd

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    Lorna Thompson said,


    Like Sue Horton, we found your blog using a Google search for the Cotswold Way and thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact several of our friends have visited the blog since and found your writing style particularly droll. We will be walking the CW in late May and you should be aware your blog and that of friends who have done the Coast to Coast have served as a cataylst for our own plans. Thank you for sharing your adventures.


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      drabsociety said,

      Good walking. It is better walking from Bath to Chipping Campden rather than the reverse which we did. You can have a good night in Bath and do the rubbish bits of the walk early on. Regards Richard Lloyd

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