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WALKS PROGRAMME No 143 JANUARY, FEBRUARY & MARCH 2018
Due to the unpredictability of numbers attending each
walk it will be
appreciated if members advise the leaders by the dates shown. The
leaders may wish to limit the numbers, which they feel, are manageable,
taking into consideration car parking, lunch arrangements and the
number of obstacles en route which could slow the walk. Additionally by
leaving your telephone number you can be contacted in the event of
A walk number that is underlined has been
altered since its original posting or is a new inclusion
Earlier walk programmes have now been removed from the web
save space, but copies including the reviews going back to 2001 may be
obtained from Stan
Group Mobile phone numbers are : 0754 6069085 and 0752 2958435 -
Please note that the phones will only be operative on the morning
of a walk to enable members who are running late, are lost or delayed,
to contact the walk leader. If one number does not work, try the
Just a brief reminder – if you are leading a walk, you need to make sure that you have
Leader’s Pack containing First Aid, Phone and Safety Jackets.
They are held by Richard Hart and Anne Trott. It may be that one
of both of those people are on your walk so they will bring it with
them but if not, you must obtain it.
The phone needs to be turned on
before you leave home so that you know about any delayed or lost
walkers, and then kept on during the walk. Don’t forget to switch
off afterwards and return the Pack to its owner.
If your walk involves roads or lanes with traffic, then you and your backmarker need to wear a yellow safety jacket.
finally: The committee thinks that in future all walkers should
carry either on their person or in their rucksack, some form of
identity with important details such as emergency contact numbers and
Doctor’s details. You will find an example attached with this
programme. Please adopt and use it.
the success of the Winchcombe Way project we have a new challenge for
2018 – The Cheltenham Circular Footpath – a 25 mile walk around the
outskirts of Cheltenham. This was originally designed with the
help of Bob Price and the Rotary Club in Cheltenham and was for several
years a sponsored challenge which several Walking Group members
completed in either one or two parts. Now it’s your chance!
Bob has divided the walk up into 7 sections, which are circular routes,
and the first is in January. Will you take up the challenge?
Date Cheltenham Challenge 1
Wednesday 3rd January 6.9 miles Moderate Own Arrangments 9.45 start
Prestbury. Junction Shaw Green Lane/Bowbridge
Lane Grid 967247
Contact Bob & Kath 01242 232527 the week before
From Winchcombe. First turning right after leaving Southam into Shaw
Green Lane. Straight on to junction with Bowbridge Lane.
Racecourse. Along New Barn Lane. Turn left into The Burgage and carry
straight on into Bowbridge Lane to junction with Shaw Green Lane.
From Racecourse to Hewlett’s Reservoir then ascent to escarpment to
join the Cotswold Way and return via White Barn. One major ascent.
Several stiles. Pubs in Prestbury afterwards.
This is now a pub lunch.
Meet at The Royal Oak, Prestbury GL52 3DL
9.15 for 9.45 start.
From Southam take 2nd exit into Mill St &
at Cross roads turn left into Burgage.
From Racecourse delete all after
Eleanor blew in for our first walk of 2018. 19 of us set off from
Prestbury for the first stage of the Cheltenham Challenge. Fortunately
the rain kept away and we even had some sun, but the walk gave us more
Challengea than even Bob was expecting. The first Challenge was
crossing a stream, luckily someone had placed a handy rock in the
middle and most got over with dry boots. The next was mud, more
mud and two fallen trees. We then left the Cheltenham Challenge
route to climb Cleeve Hill to make a circular route back for
lunch. We thought we had escaped the mud as we climbed up on a
dry path only to be met with yet more on the Cotswold Way. We
tried going up higher but still met mud and a wind that tried to blow
us off the hill. Richard's hat made a bid for freedom but was
recaptured with the aid of a walking pole. Another dry path took us
safely down for lunch, promptly served at the Royal Oak. Thank
you Bob and Kath for an enjoyable if challenging walk and we look
forward to the other challenges to come.
(Thanks to Jenny for the report and Graham for the photos - SF)
A bit of mud (photo by Graham)
Convenient logs (photo by Graham)
Sunny and bright (photo by Graham)
It helps to be spry (photo by Graham)
hursday 4th January 4 or 5
miles Easy/Moderate Pub lunch
Hungry Horse Seven Springs GL53
9NG Grid 967169 10.00 start
Contact Terry & Margaret 01684 772278 the week before
Directions M5 to J11A then A417 to Air Balloon, L to Seven Springs pub on R near road junction.
The walk takes a route over top of Leckhampton hill and possibly
Coberley. Could be a couple of stiles. Distance depends on the
intrepid walkers assembled in the car park of the Seven Springs Inn
eagerly waiting for the start of the 4.5mile walk around Leckhampton
Hill. Initially, the walk kept to the calmer, lee side of the hills,
where the wind was slightly blustery; or about Force 5 on the Beaufort
Wind Scale, defined as branches of a moderate size move and small trees
(and walkers!!) begin to sway. The views towards Charlton Kings were
magnificent, as the low clouds scudded across the valley in front of
us. As we walked up the wet and muddy paths, snatches of a familiar
Paul Simon song came into our heads: “slip- sliding away, slip-sliding
away!“ A welcome coffee break again provided expansive views over
Cheltenham, although if you had thrown an apple core away, with even a
small force, the strength of the wind meant that it would probably have
landed on the Prom. Approaching the summit of Leckhampton Hill the
ferocity of the wind rose to Force 7:ie whole trees are in motion and
(as everybody found out) real effort is needed to walk into the wind.
This was definitely an exhilarating and hair-raising experience for all
concerned. The final stage of the walk allowed us respite from the
wind, as we descended down a beautiful Cotswold valley with a fleece
lined barbed wire fence on the right-hand side and headed for lunch.
Thanks go to Terry and Margaret, not only for a lovely walk, but giving
us a whole new appreciation of the meaning of the word
wind-power! (Thanks to Steve for the report and Terry for the photos - SF)
Look at that! (Photo by Terry)
Cold conversation (Photo by Terry)
Into the wind (Photo by Terry)
Date Wednesday 10th January 4 miles Easy Pub lunch
Crown Inn , Kemerton GL 20
7HP Grid: 946377
9.30 for 10.00
Contact Sonia 01684 298409 the week before
Directions Park in lane on right after the pub(Share cars if possible)
A flat walk connecting 3 villages around the base of Bredon Hill. A few
muddy patches possible, but mostly good winter walking on lanes,tracks
and fields. 3 or 4 stiles.
met at the Crown Inn in Kemerton and twenty five members turned up on a
dry day with no wind, but heavy fog and a temperature of 3-6 degrees C.
Indeed the fog was sufficiently thick that it was difficult to cross
large fields accurately. We do not usually need compass bearings on our
walks but today was close to the exception. The walk was an easy four
miles on flat but sometimes muddy ground. We left Kemerton in a
south-easterly direction on a minor road and then a footpath, passing
Upper Court before heading north east across fields towards Overbury.
We met four excited horses which were charging about around us. The
horses must have been bored as they had chewed the nearby styles down
to about half their wood thickness. At Overbury we turned west along a
minor road before taking another footpath across fields and through the
northern outskirts of Kemerton to Westmancote. From Westmancote we took
the minor road passed Hill Close and then more footpaths through woods
and fields to the southern end of Kemerton before returning to our
start via Kemerton Court, its nearby lakes and Upper Court again. Our
lunch at the Crown Inn, while well presented and well cooked, was very
late in arriving and one member was forgotten completely, despite our
ordering our meals at 09.45 and he already having paid for it! Thanks
to Sonia for a good walk. (Thanks also go to Hugh for his report, and
to Graham for his photos - SF)
In the nature reserve (Photo by Graham)
Mary makes a point in Overbury
Fog, fences and frolicsome horses (Photo by Graham)
A bit of mud here and there
Date Thursday 11th January 5.7mile Moderate/Energetic Pub lunch
The Royal, Charlton Kings, GL53 8JH
Grid 964204 10.0 start
Contact Stanley 01684 850544 week before
Leave A 40 on A435 Chelt - Cirencester road. Left at first
traffic lights, then immediate turn right into Horsefair Street.
Keep going right on one-way system round church. Pub
is on left, opposite west door of church.
Details A long pull up to Wistley Hill, then along, then mainly down.
of us met at The Royal in Charlton Kings on a dry and misty morning
that got no worse and at times blessed us with a glimpse of blue
sky. From here we threaded our way through the houses to the
slopes of the hill (where two of our number decided not to continue)
and climbed steeply and muddily up to the top of Wistley Hill where we
imagined the views. From here we walked along the Cotswold Way
for a short distance before reaching the roundabout at Seven Springs.
right turn took us on a familiar track but instead of following it
towards the Devil’s Chimney we veered off down Sandy Lane to the
Lillybrook golf course and back to the pub in its old-world setting by
Charlton Kings Church.
We enjoyed a very good lunch in pleasant
company. Thanks to Stanley for some much needed exercise after
the Christmas excesses and for taking us on a new route. (Thanks go to
Richard for the report. and to Terry for the photos - SF)
This way! I think! (Photo by Terry)
We're not lost! (Photo by Terry)
A bit brighter (Photo by Terry)
Date Wednesday 17th January 5.2 miles Energetic Pub lunch
Falcon Hotel GL6 6UN
Grid867097. 9.30 for 10.00
Contact Anne T. 01684 294859 week before
Directions M5 to 11A to Shurdington exit A417 Turn R at
roundabout A 46 to Painswick. Park at hotel or car park ( off main road
Details Fields, tracks and lanes. Extensive views. Hills, valleys. Gradient 705 ft
(we avoid the bull even though he is friendly!)
threat of overnight winters worst from the doom merchants of Midlands
Today proved just that, a threat. In sunshine we set off for Painswick,
that most typical of Gloucestershire villages, built in the local
Cotswold stone. The area has been settled since Iron Age times and has
a fine if sometimes bloody history as the Civil War left its mark,
particularly on the parish church.
Once food had been ordered 18
of us set off on a steady climb, through the golf course towards the
hill fort and trig point of Painswick Beacon. En route we passed our
first snowdrops of the season...... Oh Steve, how you would have leapt
with joy! The views from the top were spectacular as the sun lit up the
vale and the city of Gloucester to the north west. The Cotswolds not
only is blessed with some of England's finest countryside but also
names to stimulate the imagination. We contoured around 'Spoonbed Hill'
towards 'Cud Hill', bypassing, the OS Map tells us, a 'Spout'. The walk
was enhanced by the sight of four female red deer bounding across the
Coffee was taken at our most northerly point before
returning along path and lane, passing a 'Hydraulic Ram'. (Your guess
is as good as mine) and 'Gyde House'. The Rococo Gardens advertised
their snowdrop festival.
As we re-entered the woods Bob drew my
attention to the small hollows dotted around the hill. These are
'Delves', where the locals used to dig down and take the local stone
A pleasant lunch was taken in the Falcon Hotel and
whilst all sampled different offerings from the menu, none of us were
able to taste the local 'delight', 'Bow Wow Sauce'. Developed in the
Painswick of old, it contains port, wine vinegar, parsley, pickled
cucumbers or pickled walnuts, English mustard and mushroom ketchup in a
base of beef stock, flour and butter and is best served with roast
meat. Our thanks to Anne for a fabulous walk in perfect winter
conditions which left us all with a glow in our cheeks. (Thanks also to
Ian for the report and Graham for his photos - SF)
Up we go (photo by Graham)
At the beacon (photo by Graham)
Along the ramparts (photo by Graham)
Lovely winter walking (photo by Graham)
Date Thursday 25th January 5 miles Easy/ Moderate Pub lunch
Meet Hunters Inn, Buckbury GR 845337 at 9-30am to order food.
Contact Ian & Kathy 01684 290542 the week before.
Take the A38 north from Tewkesbury and left, over the Mythe Bridge
and along the A438 for 4km, right onto B4211 and Hunters Inn is
about 0.5km on the left.
Details After ordering
food we drive a short distance to Bushley Green and park our cars
at the Cricket Club GR 861347. Levelish walk to start with, as we
head towards Queenhill and River Severn, then its up onto Heath
Hill before heading back to Bushley Green via Longdon, following
the Worcestershire Way Link. Considering the time of year, there
is a distinct possibility of mud. Some stiles.
Date Thursday 1st February 6 miles Energetic Pub lunch
Carpenters Arms, Miserden GL6
7JA Grid 937088 9.30 order food
Contact Jim & Margaret 01684 296773 the week before.
From Birdlip take the the A4070 towards Stroud taking the left turn at
Fostons Ash and then shortly the first turning left signposted
Miserden. Follow sign posts to Miserden.
Walking from Miserden through wooded valleys and fields towards
Brimpsfield then back through the village of Caudle Green before
returning to Miserden for lunch.
Wednesday 7th February
6 miles Energetic Pub Lunch
Meet Farmers Arms, Birtsmorton, WR13 6AP GR 790363 9.30 to order food.
Contact Graham & Betty 01684 594331 week before.
Directions A438 from Tewks, TR on B4208 after Duke of York and then TR again to
Birtsmorton. Fork left and pub is on right.
After food orders we drive to Hollybush CP . Walk on Estate road
Gullet Quarry and take path down to Castlemorton Common,
(Coffee stop). Onwards to ascend by British Camp Reservoir
before further uphill climb to Giants Cave and descent to Eastnor
Estate and HB CP
Thursday 8th February 5 miles
Meet The Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath WR2 6QG Grid 814568 10:00 for 10.15
Contact Isabel and Jennie 01684 592226 the week before
A38 to Worcester, then A4440 and A44 signed Leominster. After
just over 3.5 miles from A38 turn R signed Elgar’s Birthplace Museum.
After 1.25 miles turn R at crossroads. Pub is on R at T
Details A mainly level walk along paths and lanes, passing Elgar’s Birthplace
Museum. No stiles.
Date Thursday 15th Feb 5 miles Easy/Moderate Lunch : Possibly
at Hayles Fruit Farm. More info when you book on.
Hailes Abbey Car
Park Grid 051302 9.30
290542 From Jan 29th to Feb 1st or Sat
10th to Sun 11th Feb.
Take A46 out of Tewkesbury. At Teddington roundabout
straight on, the B4077 to Toddington. Right at roundabout onto B4632
toward Winchcombe and after a mile turn left to Hailes Abbey.
From Hailes we head to Didbrook and Wood Stanway where we pick up the
Cotswold Way. From Didbrook we climb 185m onto the escarpment. 4
stiles. The route is a mix of fields, tracks and lanes. For those with
an interest in History, there is plenty to stoke those embers as we
stroll. Sadly, the Abbey closes during the winter.
Wednesday 21st February 5 miles
Easy Pub lunch
Meet The Star Inn, Bridge Street, Pershore WR10 1AJ 9.30 to order food
Contact Andrea & Bob 01684 294676 during the week before
From Bredon take the B4080 and follow signs to Pershore town
centre. The pub is on the East side of Bridge Street and the car
park is behind it through an archway.
walk is an old favourite, along the Avon, through meadows and with an
easy climb through Tiddesley Wood from where there are views of
Pershore Abbey. Some short stretches of road walking.
Date Wednesday 28th February 4.6 miles Easy/Moderate own arrangements*
Meet NT Chedworth Roman Villa (near Yanworth) marked car park spaces on
approach lane, GL54 3LJ Grid 055134 9.30 for 10.00
Contact Hugh 01452 780460 the week before
Approach from the A40 east of Cheltenham then
through Withington. (There is no direct approach from Chedworth
Details The route follows parts of the
Monarch's Way, going around Chedworth Woods and staying on the high
ground above Chedworth village.
One gentle up slope, one difficult section through Listercombe Bottom, tracks and footpaths, three stiles, some mud.
*The National Trust Café may be open, otherwise it is a picnic afterwards.
Thursday 8th March 5
Meet Yew Tree Inn, Chaceley Stock, GL19 4EQ, Grid864298, 09.45 for 10.00
Contact Hugh 01452 780460 the week before.
From Tewkesbury A438 towards Ledbury, then B4211
towards Corse and Gloucester, turn left on minor roads following signs
to Chaceley, then Chaceley Stock. Pub is at the end of the road at the
Details A mixture of country lanes,
bridlepaths and footpaths. Long gentle uphill to Cold Elm and back.
Some mud, NO stiles.
Laverton and Buckland
082360 Stroll starts at
Contact Eileen leave message on 07510978597 or Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org
B4632 from Toddington and turn right signed Buckland. Church is
at top of village. Share cars if poss as parking is limited.
We walk to Laverton to explore this village and return to look at
Buckland Church. Easy paths with a shortened version available.
Wednesday 14th March 5
Moderate/Energetic Pub lunch
Star Inn, Ashton-under-Hill, WR11
7SN Grid 997378 9.30 for
Contact Margaret and
274440 the week before
Directions A46 towards
Evesham. Take left turn to Ashton-under-Hill at
Sedgeberrow. Pub on left of main street in village, parking
Details We start with a steep climb (with
lots of view stops) up Bredon Hill. 5 good stiles. Good tracks
round the hill via Wychavon Way. Descent more gentle but could be
muddy, finishing down a lane to village. We will need to choose food
from the lunchtime menu on line at:
Please give your choice to Sally when booking for her to give list to the pub.
Thursday 22nd March 6 miles
Moderate Pub Lunch
The Fox Inn, Little Barrington. OX18
4TB Grid 192131 9.45 for 10.00
Contact Calvyn and Steve 01684 296684 The week before.
B4077 to Stow. A424 Stow to Burford, but after Wyck Hill turn
right onto minor roads signposted Rissingtons and The
Barringtons. Follow road signs to the Barringtons passing
Rissington Airfield. Drive through Great Barrington towards Little
Barrington and the River Windrush. The Fox Inn is just over the bridge
on the left.
Details This walk has more bridges
than Venice and more stiles than Versaci. It is a circular route
around the Windrush Valley. The walk passes through the Barringtons,
Windrush village and the edge of the Sherborne Park Estate. It is a
series of gentle rises and descents along a mixture of lanes, tracks,
paths and field walking. It is likely to be damp and muddy in places.
Walk 1216 Circular Challenge 2
Date Wednesday 28th March 6.2 miles Moderate/Energetic Pub Lunch
The Royal, Charlton
Kings GL53 8JH Grid 965204 9.15 for 9.30
Contact Bob and Kath Price 01242 232527 the week before
Leave A40 on A435 Cheltenham to Cirencester
Road. Left at first traffic lights, then immediately turn right
into Horsefair Street. Keep going right on one-way system round
church. Pub is on left, opposite west door of church.
Meet at The Royal, take
cars to start of walk near Ham. Take Challenge route up moderate
slope to Colgate Farm, then down to A40. Join Cotswold Way north,
steep climb before descent to Hewletts Reservoir and rejoin Challenge
Route back to Ham.
Thursday 29th March 3.5
Easy Pub lunch
Pheasant Inn, Toddington GL54
5DT Grid 048323 Meet 9.30 to order
Contact Anne 01684 294859 the week before.
The pub is next to the Toddington r’bout. After ordering
food, we drive to Stanton cricket ground car park to start the walk.
Details Tracks,fields ,villages, lovely views .Mud!
Thanks to all walk leaders for your hard work.
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the photos, Stan would be happy to supply a copy of the original file - just quote the walk number and the photo title.
Walking Group has a mobile
phone to be used before and during walks for emergency contact — see
paper programme for number.
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you require a paper copy of
the walking programme, there is a charge of £3
p.a., payable at the Walking Group AGM or at the U3A enrolment meeting.
If you have internet access, then all information can be obtained by
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Walks are graded to give some
idea of what to expect:
walk at an easy pace with frequent stops.
Undemanding and mainly level with occasional gentle ascents or
descents. There may be a few stiles.
uphill/downhill stretches - unlevel walking - several stiles.
Some longer steep hills and rough ground - may be many stiles.
book with the leader of the walk by the date given and arrive in good
time before the start to boot-up and order lunch etc. Be sure to cancel
with the leader if you are later unable to take part. Wear suitable
shoes/boots and clothing for the walk and do not over-estimate your
abilities. An attendance fee of 50p is charged for each walk attended.
Dogs are not allowed on walks.
Ordnance Survey has a service now that enables you, for an annual
subscription of £19.99, to download and print off extracts from the OS
maps that we use for our walks - anywhere in Britain! - no more
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Carefully read the walk
description to ensure that you are capable
of walking the route at a moderate pace (about 2 miles per hour)
without risk to health. Attention should be paid to the
EASY/MODERATE/DIFFICULT grading as well as to any references to steep
climbs, stiles, etc.
Dress sensibly. Make
sure that you have suitable clothing and
footwear for the weather expected. A walking pole or stick can be of
Remember to carry any
medications that you might need. Carry food, and water, especially on
given by the leader. Keep those in front and those behind you, in sight
all the time.
Keep to the route
indicated by the leader: do not devise shorts cuts, etc.
Walk in single file on
roads and heed any advice about crossing roads given by the leader.
Classify your walk as STROLL/EASY/MODERATE/ENERGETIC. Mention any steep climbs and stiles.
Limit your walk to a
maximum numbers that you think you can safely manage, given the nature
of your walk.
Have a co-leader to act
as back-marker: count the party at the start and at suitable points
during the walk
Carry a first aid kit or
ensure that someone else in the group has one.
Set a pace of about 2
miles per hour plus coffee and lunch/tea
stops. Ensure that those finding the pace difficult have sufficient
time to rest and recover, even if this is not favoured by more
Carry a map, the group
mobile phone and GPS receiver to make emergency calls and give exact
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