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PROGRAMME No 152 JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
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
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
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
Just a brief reminder – if you are leading a walk, you need to make
sure that you have a
Leader’s Pack containing First Aid, Phone and Safety Jackets.
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
off afterwards and return the Pack, or pass it on to the next walk leader.
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
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.
Date Wednesday 3rd July 5.2miles Easy Pub Lunch
Meet The Royal Oak, The Burgage, Prestbury GL52 3DL 9.30 for 10.00
Contact Bob&Kath 01242 232527 the week
Cheltenham Racecourse, take road to Prestbury along New Barn Lane and
turn left into The Burgage after 1.5kms. Pub on left.
From The Burgage proceed to racecourse and follow perimeter path around
racecourse past GWR Station and on to Southam. Returning to Prestbury
via low level footpath below Queens Wood. 4/5 stiles, no steep
assembled at the Royal Oak in The Burgage, Prestbury for a walk around
Cheltenham Race Course. The morning was warm and initially cloudless.
We walked on public footpaths alongside the race circuit with glorious
views over the course and the surrounding hills and countryside. We
were even blessed with the arrival and subsequent departure of a steam
train at the adjacent station. Although it clouded over somewhat during
the morning the weather warmed up, and we were glad of the drink on
returning to the Royal Oak. (Thanks to Bob P and Kath for leading
and also to Bob M for the report and to Graham for the photos - SF)
In the sun (Photos by Graham)
At the races
In the shade
Date Thursday 4th July
6 miles Moderate Own
arrangements for lunch
Cattle Market car park Monmouth NP25
3EG (£4.40 all day) 10.00 start
Contact Richard&Eileen 01684 274197 the week before
M50, A40 and follow signs into Monmouth via Dixton Rd to town
centre. At the Monow Bridge turn left.
We walk beside theWye and the Monow and explore the countryside
between. 16 easy stiles. Explore the town and its many pubs
Cyfarfu un ar ddeg ohonom yn Trefynwy ....
of us met at Monmouth on another glorious sunny day securely tied our
shoelaces and off we set. Walking thro town one of the locals said
“Don’t follow him he doesn’t know where he’s going”. Soothsayer?
a pleasant walk along the river Wye we came suddenly upon a delightful
church at Dixon. Mention of a church at this site goes back to AD735.
Surprising as the flood level marker inside the church was above the
head of our tallest walker.
Leaving this oasis of calm we crossed the A40 and a slow climb thro the fields.
At the edge of a field of rape seed we took our break finding shade where we could.
things became more interesting as we trudged thro the field with the
official path completely overgrown with planting and nettles and
We exited to find half had been set upon by Tylwyth Teg in the field as their shoelaces had been cleverly undone.
a short jungle section we came to the bank of the Monnow and a weir
with an escape route for the salmon plus a very interesting dual
reverse Archimedes screw to generate hydro-electricity.
we had a decision whether to make the walk short, medium or a mile
longer. We opted unanimously for medium and were soon back to
civilisation, or what passes for civilisation in Wales.
explore a different area, and thanks all round to Richard and Eileen
and proving the soothsayer wrong. (Thanks to Richard and Eileen for
leading, and to Calvyn for his report and photos and also to Tony
for his photos too - SF)
Blue remebered hills (Photo by Calvyn)
Through the hay (Photo by Calvyn)
Hot ain't it? (Photo by Tony)
Bide awhile (Photo by Tony)
Date Tuesday 9th
Meet Park at side of road close to Kempsey church and meet by church gate.
Contact Eileen 01684 274197 the week before
Directions A38 north to Kempsey and turn left at cross roads by shop, signed Church.
Details We will explore some of the older parts of the village.
of the 23 of us (with two new members) that came for today's stroll
had, like me, driven through Kempsey for many years on our way to
Worcester without ever stopping to explore this suprisingly large and
varied village. Our guides, Eileen and Richard led us around to
discover some historic connections with the river Severn. One such
being a former waterman's tavern "The Severn Trow", now a private
dwelling, and the site of a former ferry. We also passed through
a remnant of an ornamental garden that was part of the Kempsey estate -
very pretty!. Fortunately the weather was kind to us, overcast,
but dry and very warm, so we were able to enjoy our stroll around the
lanes bordered with summer flowers, and along the road with a
fascinating mix of architecture from the last 400 years topped off with
a visit to the large and imposing church. Many thanks to Richard
and Eileen for this unexpected treat!
Past the church
The last ferry has gone!
There is a ford here!
Date Thursday 11th July 5miles Moderate/Energetic Pub Lunch
Meet Wyche Inn, WR14 4EQ Grid 769437 9.30 for 9.45
Contact Graham & Betty 01684594331 the week before
Welland- TR British Camp CP-Jubilee Drive-thro’ Wyche cutting (roadside
parking) and pub is on left .
Details Walk on east
side Malvern Hills to Wynds Point (where famous Swedish singer Jenny
Lind lived her last 15 years)
Time for an ice cream then we have a choice- over the tops or a more moderate path back to lunch.
of a fair weather walk around the central body of the Malverns may seem
like a piece of cake until faced with a blank sheet of paper.
Nonetheless, this was a story that had to be told of 19 brave souls
crossing over the old Salt Way; now the most dangerous corner
hereabouts, to order lunch at the Wyche Inn, AND crossing back
again. I surmised that it could only get easier.
did, as Betty led us up and down along gentle slopes while, in gaps
between the trees, reminding us of our green and pleasant land
beyond. All of a sudden, that is two miles along the path, we
found ourselves in an old quarry, more green than grey, with scattered
boulders on which to relax and take our refreshments…the perfect spot,
with the quarry face rising up almost to the summit of Black Hill
Eventually, time was called for the gentlemen to move on,
only to be met with a band of swarthy young men heading for the
quarry! Although the outcome of the encounter that followed
remains a secret, it appeared to have altered Betty’s ‘satnav’ as we
began to walk downhill instead of onwards and upwards. Happily,
the increasing sound of the internal combustion engine put our leader
back on track, up and over the pathway between the Black Hills
(splendid views to the north), and down to our much anticipated
‘ice-creams to die for’ rest stop.
Our return journey was entirely
different in character with expansive views to the west, but before
that we followed a gently rising and reconstructed track for the
benefit of wheelchair users to reach the ridge path. This led us
to the south col below Pinnacle Hill, the highest point of the
mid-Malverns at 1171ft and the parting of the ways.
A dozen of the
fittest took to the high route, while the rest of us, ‘the Seven’,
contented themselves with following the 1,000 ft contour, gazing
wistfully out west towards next week’s epic along Offa’s Dyke and the
Cat’s Back Ridge.
This reverie came to an end as the two groups
coalesced between Little Switzerland and Jubilee Hill for the final
stroll down to an enjoyable lunch together at the Wyche Inn. Our
thanks go to Betty for leading a splendid walk in both directions, and
to Graham for keeping one hand on a light touch tiller at the rear of
the party, while the other hand was held at the ready to ‘write with
light’ (to photograph) the highlights of the day. (Thanks also to
Noel for his amazingly detailed report, and to Graham for his usual
super photos - SF)
A bit of level walking (photo by Graham)
Lovely ice cream at Wynds Point (photo by Graham)
Choose your path (photo by Graham)
The wonderful Malverns (photo by Graham)
The whole team (photo by Graham)
Date Wednesday 17th July 4 miles Easy/Moderate Pub lunch
Boat Inn Ashleworth GR 818250 GR
818250 9.30 for 1000
Very small car park so share cars.
Contact Noel 01684 772526 the week before 25 max
Directions Once in village, follow signs to the river.
Across the fields to Ashleworth. Gentle climb up to 50m for views
of May Hill and Malverns; laconic descent to the long lane to Longridge
End, returning via river path. Approx. 4 stiles.
of us - including two new, welcome walkers - assembled at the Boat Inn
at Ashleworth on a warm ( becoming hot) day with hazy sunshine. We
walked across fields to Ashleworth village post office and then up hill
along bridle and foot paths to the 50m ridge line where we had
our coffee stop. This had panoramic views towards May Hill. On the way
some of us saw the very unusual site of a woman on horseback taking a
goat for a walk on a leading rein. After coffee we started back,
joining Longridge Lane to its end and on down to the River Severn. A
further mile along the river bank saw us return to the Boat Inn where
we enjoyed excellent food while sitting outside on the river
bank. (Many thanks go to Noel for his usual well-crafted
leadership, and the interest that he brought to this lovely walk.
Thanks also go to Hugh for the report, and to Lesley and Hugh for their
photos - SF)
Through ripening wheat (Photo by Lesley)
Relaxing on the ridge (Photo by Lesley)
A convenient bench (Photo by Lesley)
In the hay (Photo by Hugh)
Date Thursday 18th July 8
Little Black Hill Car Park HR2 0NL Grid
SO289329. Meet 9.45am
Contact Graham and Mike 01684 594331 week before
Allow 1hour 30min. from Tewkesbury. M50 to end, A40, A49, B4348 to
A465. Turn L on A465 to Pontrilas. Turn R onto B4347 to Ewyas Harold.
In Ewyas Harold turn L to Longtown. In Longtown take Olchon
Valley to Llanveynoe and Little Black Hill, keeping R at fork.
Alternatively, from A49 take L on B4521 to Skenfrith and R on B4347 to
Grosmont (toilets) and Pontrilas etc. This route might take a little
Details We cross Olchon Brook and climb
onto Offa’s Dyke Path. We head along the ridge NW towards Hay
Bluff. We turn right and head for the rocky Black Hill (the Cat’s
Back). We descend steeply to the car park. This is a high
level route starting at 1000ft and climbing to 2300ft.
Please take waterproofs and extra layers, and plenty of fluids,
whatever the weather. Walking time 5 hours. A shorter, 5
mile route will be used if weather dictates.
After an early start and long drive, 15 adventurous walkers arrived at Little Black Hill car park, keen to tackle this challenging walk.
Initially, we followed a downhill trail with several stiles, which proved difficult for those with short legs. After crossing the Olchon Brook we started to climb the Hatterall Ridge. Looking upwards, a number of us started to question whether we should have stayed at home, but were urged onwards and upwards - 2300 feet here we come! It wasn’t long before we had our first welcome coffee break. While sitting comfortably, admiring the beautiful view and congratulating ourselves on climbing the first part of the hill, our illustrious leaders announced that we had followed the wrong path and would have to retrace our steps. After much huffing and puffing, the party trundled off down the hill to start the climb again.
The new path gradually climbed the ridge through shoulder-high dense bracken, giving us a steady unimpeded climb, with the opportunity to take a number of “breathers”. Just before the top of the ridge we saw a herd of wild Welsh ponies, which prompted Graham to start clicking away with his camera. We were extremely pleased to eventually reach the top and were rewarded with magnificent distant views across Brecon & Radnorshire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and Worcestershire. It was time for another welcome food break and a chance to sing Happy Birthday to Terry, who had decided to spend his special day on the top of a hill!
Well rested, we then proceeded along the path constructed in 1971, which follows where possible, Offa’s dyke. This was constructed by Offa the Anglo Saxon king of Mercia, between 757 – 796 AD and runs from Chepstow to Prestatyn for 177miles. Is anyone up for walking this after the Camino?
We continued to walk the ridge in excellent, but windy, weather conditions, on a pathway built mainly of flag stones. Eventually we reached the path to Black Hill, which is locally known as the Cat’s Back as it looks like a crouching cat ready to pounce. We were now on the home straight and everyone was in fine form. The walking conditions gave no problems until the last part, where
we had to navigate a very narrow rock outcrop and a steep descent to
the car park. With toes hurting we arrived to find Margaret dishing out
slices of Terry’s birthday cake, which was a perfect end to a splendid day.
For some of us it was an achievement to climb 2300 feet and walk 8.5 miles. Thank you to Graham/Betty and Mike/Jenny for organising and leading such an excellent walk. (Thanks also to Stuart for his graphic report and to Graham for his ususal wonderful photos - SF)
Woodland creatures (Photos by Graham)
What goes up- must come down
The Cat's Back - a must for all walkers!
Date Wednesday 24th
The Valley (Evesham Country Park) WR11
4DS Grid 044 465 10.00 start
Contact Mike&Jenny 01684 772194 the week before
A46 to Evesham and follow ring Rd. At Twyford rbt. Signposted
services, turn rt. look for signboard The Valley. Meet by the
railway station in the top car park. Toilets in the shops.
An extended version of Richard and Eileen’s walk in December, visiting
the Site of the Battle of Evesham 1265. After visiting the battle
field, where we have our coffee stop, we follow the river round Evesham
, stopping for our picnic lunch in Abbey Park where there are free
toilets. After lunch we continue along the river back to ‘The
Valley’. Easy walking, gentle climbs total 400ft, one
stile.We expect to be back at the valley between 2.30 and 3pm where
there are places to get a cup of tea.
were lucky that this walk was on a ‘cooler’ day between two of the
hottest days in the year. There was some cloud and a little
breeze at times and we did not suffer.
After setting off from the
Evesham Country Park we walked down to the Avon and followed its bank
for a mile or so. It was a little humid in this ‘Jungly’ section
and some of the path was under water from the heavy rain the night
before. Whilst we enjoyed some shade under the Simon de Monfort
bridge, Jenny very expertly told us of this gentle man’s history and
then led us up the the site of the Battle of Evesham where he met his
demise in 1265.
After a break, we walked down to the Avon and
followed it all the way back to the Country Park, pausing for a picnic
by the town bridge and the very crowded Abbey Gardens. We again
battled with the ‘Jungle’ where Tony heroically threw himself in the
brambles so that Sylvia could test our the first aid kit.
All, however, was mended by a welcome cup of tea in the Garden
Thanks Jenny and Mike for a well-planned and enjoyable walk.
(Thanks also to Richard for his report and to Terry for the
photos - SF)
Along the Avon (All photos by Terry)
Come to sunny Evesham!
Waiting for the ferry?
Date Thursday 25th July 4.4 miles Moderate. Garden Centre Lunch**
Meet Mythe Garden Centre GL20 6EB. 9.30 for 10.0 start
Contact Andrea, Bob and Anne. 01684 294676 week before
The Mythe Garden Centre is up the A38 north from Tewkesbury, about half
a mile on the left. **Please give menu choice when booking
This is a 2 rivers walk. We descend from the garden centre to walk
along the Severn as far as the Mythe bridge where we cross over the A38
and go towards the Avon. After walking along the River, (several
stiles) we ascend gently towards Shuthonger via the Monks Pools’.
cross back over the A38 and make our way to Anne’s house for a coffee
stop in her garden. Loo available! Then we descend through Shuthonger
Common towards the Severn and walk back via the Red Pools where we hope
to hear and see wildlife.
Several ups and downs but not too steep, some stiles.
weather was exceptionally hot and sunny. Indeed the prediction
was for the hottest day ever recorded in the UK but nevertheless eleven
of us met at the Mythe garden centre. The route immediately went down a
green lane, passing King John's Castle and the end of the disused Mythe
railway tunnel, down to the bank of the River Severn. We then
went south along the river bank path, through dense overgrown woodland,
to Thomas Telford's beautiful bridge over the river. After crossing the
A38 we walked along the River Avon meadows, before veering "inland" to
Shuthonger where we visited and rested at Anne Trott's house. We were
entertained there by Sylvia's husband, complete with his Scottish
costume (red-haired wig and bonnet) with a dialect retelling of the
story of David and Goliath. After this refreshing break, we
returned to our start point via Shuthonger Common and the Mythe Railway
Nature Reserve. Brown's restaurant at the garden centre was
air-conditioned; this was much appreciated by some very hot walkers.
The food was good too! Thanks to Anne and her family and friends for
their hospitality and to Andrea and Bob for leading. (Thanks to
Hugh for the report, and to Shirley for her photos - SF)
Mad dogs and englishmen . . . (All photos by Shirley)
A bit of shade
Not the best kept steps!
Date Wednesday 31st July 4.75 miles Easy Picnic at Hugh’s house
Apperley Village Hall car park, GL19
4DP Grid 867286 9.45
for 10.00 start
Contact Hugh and Fran 01452 780460 the week before
A38 south to traffic lights junction with B4213, turn right for 2
miles, second turning on the
right signed to Apperley
Details From Apperley to
Deerhurst, then climb gently to Tewkesbury golf course and a different
route back to Apperley. Hugh will provide soft drinks, beer, wine etc.
was an overcast but warm day for the 19 walkers that met up in the car park in
Apperley today. Hugh's wife, Christine,
took charge of our packed lunches to store in the cool for us, and we set off
across the playing field for Deerhurst.
long we were admiring the ancient and historic Saxon church, (what a gem!) and
setting off along the ridge above the Severn along the Long Plantation. When we came to the golf course at Tewkesbury
Park, we turned inland for a while, before heading south on our return journey. On the way we passed Park Farm where extensive
and doubtless expensive, work is in progress.
to Deerhurst we came, and, at length, returned to Apperley. All along the way there were vast fields of
ripening crops: beans, bearded and plain wheat - to say nothing about the delights of summer
flowers, streams, pools and scenery worthy of any artist's brush! What lucky bunnies we are to live in such a
delightful corner of England!
ably assisted by Fran, not only lead us with his usual skill and care, but also
together with Christine, entertained us royally in their lovely garden. Many thanks to them both! – SF
1. Leaving Deerhurst
2. A little flash of sunshine
3. At Park Farm
4. Lots of biscuits!
5. All together now! [Photo by Christine]
DateWednesday 7th August 4.75 miles
Easy/Moderate Pub lunch
Fish & Anchor Offenham WR11 8QT Grid
066471 9.40 for 10.00
Contact Terry & Margaret 01684 772278 the week before
A46 onto Evesham bypass, 3rd L on B4035, 1st R B4510 continue thro'
Offenham to pub on R nr bend in river..
The walk starts in a northerly direction following the river climbing
slightly on reaching Cleeve Hill and Windmill hill, passing a nature
reserve then later stopping at Middle Littleton to see the tithe barn.
A couple of short ascents and descents with views and about 5 stiles. Plenty of parking at the pub.
dozen of us met at the Fish & Anchor, by the River Avon in Offenham
near Evesham. Presumably the somewhat unusual name of the pub was
chosen to appeal to anglers and boaters, but we were there to walk and
to enjoy the countryside. The weather was ideal for late summer –
“cloudy-bright” with a gentle breeze – and we set off, most of us in
shirt-sleeve order, along the bank of the calm and peaceful Avon. Not a
fishing rod or boat was to be seen. The walk took us up to Cleeve Hill
(no relation to the more familiar one near Cheltenham) and Windmill
Hill (which was a bit windy, but with no obvious mill). We followed
shady paths and a rather dodgy bridleway, and across a large field,
which was full of wild flowers and was probably set-aside. We were
treated to views of Bredon Hill and neighbouring hills in the
Cotswolds, as well as glimpses of the Avon. The season of mellow
fruitfulness beckoned, with plenty of blackberries and a few plums
(some of them quite ripe) in the hedgerows. The morning was not short
of architectural and historic interest, because we stopped to look
inside the impressive tithe barn at Middle Littleton, which is owned by
the National Trust. Only one thing spoiled this lovely walk: having to
cross an area of fly-tipping. We managed to negotiate the hazard of a
tree that had fallen across the path, all of us still flexible enough
to get under it. A final challenge was to walk down a steepish and
uneven hillside, but we were surrounded by scabious and other flowers,
and the pub was in sight only a short distance away, where we would
soon enjoy an excellent lunch.
This was a memorable walk, ably
organized and led by Margaret and Terry. (Thanks also go to Bob W for
his excellent report, and to Graham for his usual super photos - SF)
Waiting for a bus? (photo by Stan)
Ripe blackberries (photo by Graham)
Is this an assault course? (photo by Graham)
A real meadow (photo by Graham)
Date Thursday 8th August 6
miles Moderate/Energetic Picnic lunch
North Quarry car park, West Malvern Rd WR14
4LT Grid 771469 10.00
Contact Richard & Eileen 01684 274197 the week before
Through Great Malvern on A449 and left on West Malvern Road. Car
park is on left just before the clock tower. £4.40 all day.
There may be free parking at the side of the road.
Across the fields to Storridge past Knight’s Cider (refreshement stop?)
and back along the Worcestershire Way, Sugarloaf and Ivy Scar
Rock. Some climbing.
After a full house on Terry
& Margaret’s walk the previous day, there were only 9 of us for this
interesting and varied walk. We were
able to park by the roadside and were soon admiring the precipitous gardens on
the North end of the Malvern Hills.
We dropped off the hill down the
steep steps of the Worcestershire Way (“peared” with the newer Geopark Way and
its trilobite waymarks). After a couple of footbridges, a coffee stop and an
orchard, we were entering cyder country, and we soon came across the farm shop
selling Knights’ cyder. Onward we
rambled to the outskirts of Storridge and then continued along the formerWorcester
Way though more orchards and woods (great views across the western valleys and to the
Hatterall ridge where some of us had walked only 3 weeks earlier). We crossed the West Malvern Road and began
ascending Sugarloaf Hill beside St James’s church and the Abbey School. It was quite a pull after our 4 mile stroll
through the orchards but we made it to some seats for lunch, then over the
hills to Ivy Scar Rock (photo stop) and an easy descent back to the Clock
The weather was kind, not too
hot, not to cold, and we were grateful to Eileen and Richard for taking us to
this less well-known, tranquil part of the Malverns. Thanks to Gillian for arty photos and Mike
for the report [“Stub”]
Coffee stop – looks
as if a caffeine rush is needed!
Art[y] photo enhances
An entry for a
caption competition? [email Stan]
seats for lunch?
Date Tuesday 13th August Beckford
Car park behind Beckford Village
Contact Mike & Jenny 01684 772194 the week before to book on.
Details A stroll around parts of the village with a visit to the Nature Reserve.
was a lovely day for the stroll around Beckford that the 18 of us
enjoyed today. For such a small village there is a lot to enjooy
here, - especially the nature reserve - aquired by the villagers and
now maintained by them, and also the historic and lovely
church. We visited both of these, but first made our way up the
lanes to the farm buildings at the bottom of the "yellow brick road" to
see the iconic gleaming streamline caravans that they renovate
here, From here, we made our way to the nature reserve for a walk
aound the pool and then on to the church to admire the special early
Norman carvimgs. All the churches around the foot of Bredon Hill
are worth a visit, and Beckford's especially so. A lovely summer
stroll made all the more interesting by our guides' research which they
shared with us. Many thanks to them both for a morning so well
Dappled sun in the nature reserve
Watching the ducks
In the church
Date Wednesday 14th August ( There is likely to be heavy rain (again) on Wednesday so Betty and
Graham have moved their walk to Thursday 15th this week. All other details are
the same. It may be that some of you are now able to make this walk with
the change of date. If so, contact Graham.)
10 miles Moderate /Energetic Picnic.
Meet First right down the hill after Horse & Groom pub, Bourton on the Hill,
parking at roadside .Grid 175325
Contact Graham & Betty 01684 594331 week before
Directions A44 Oxford Road from Broadway approx 5 miles to B on the H.
Energetic by length of walk. We visit Sezincote,Longborough &
Hinchwick stopping at Blockley for afternoon tea. 8 stiles.
Shunning the atrocious weather
of the previous day, 14 met in glorious windy sunshine at Bourton-on-the
Hill. Following a photograph-stop in
front of the beautiful copper cupola of Sezincote House, we ambled our way
passed contented jersey cows plus calves to Longborough. Before coffee, we admired the ancient craft
perpetuated by three dry-stone-wallers creating an immensely long wall at
around 5 metres per hard-working day. Unfortunately,
no badger came to watch our Cotswold picnic, as had happened four years ago on
this sunny spot, but we were blessed with buzzard spotting over Bourton Downs
and Hinchwick Manor. Annoyances of the
day were loss of a walking stick, a cow pat deliberately placed for treading
and a hat left behind though retrieved.
The highlights of the day – and there were many – included cream / cake
teas at the Blockley Community Café & Shop accompanied by a swarm of wasps
- and no-one was stung.
Huge thanks to Betty and Graham
for organising and leading this memorable walking day.
(Thanks to Angela for the report
and to Graham for the photos; ”Stub”)
Let's get down to it and seize the view
Chased by a Swarm of Wasps?
Date Thursday 22nd
miles Moderate/Energetic Picnic
St Peter’s Church car park, Martley. GR
756598 9.50 for 10.00 start.
Contact Sonia 01684 298409 week before.
Directions A.38 towards Worcester and left on to A4440. On 3rd roundabout join
A.44 towards Bromyard. Turn off rt to Martley on B.4197. Just after
the closed down Crown Pub turn rt on to B
and very shortly turn right again on to Church Lane. Car park is on
the left, before a righthand bend.
Details We walk through fields, orchards and ancient woodlands with great
views on joining the Worcestershire Way. 3 shortish steep climbs
and 2 stiles. Possibility of a drink at a nearby pub after the walk.
of us gathered at the Red & White Sandstone Church of St Peter in
Martley. It was a pleasant walking day, some sun and a threat of a
shower. Although Sonia was nominally our leader she was assisted by a
friendly buzzard, on a route created by the 'nones' of Martley. The
walk took us through old woodlands, cider orchards and a herd of cattle
who were interest to see why the ladies 'stayed back'. Lunch was on the
Worcestershire way with wonderful views to the mountains of Wales. We
then descended to join the River Teme before a steep climb back to the
church via a new housing estate, one house had twin front doors which
was most intriguing. Thank you Sonia for an interesting walk and
commentary, in a new area for some. (Thanks to Tony for the report, and
to Bob W and Terry for the photos - SF)
Scrumping! (Photo by Bob W)
Through the woods (Photo by Bob W)
Ducks in a shooting gallery? (Photo by Bob W)
Here be dragonflies! (Photo by Terry)
Date Thursday 29th August 5.5 miles Moderate Pub lunch
Meet Red Lion , Stiffords Bridge, Cradley WR13 5NN GR 734480
9.30 for !0-00 start.
Contact Jim & Margaret 01684 296773 week before
From Great Malvern go northwards along the A449 taking the turning on
L.H.S. A4219 to Bromyard After a few hundred
yards the road
branches, with the A4219 (Cowliegh Rd) on the R.H.S. Keep to the A4219
(Hereford and Bromyard) until it
meets the A4103. Turn left towards
Bromyard. The Red Lion is on the
L.H.S. of the road in about 1mile.
the pub we walk to Cradley old church, then through woods
and meadows to
Vines End. From here along the edge of woodland to Bank
farm and then
a steady incline to the top of Cockshot Hill and back to
Bridge. Good views looking west of the Malverns.
There were 20 of us on today’s walk, led by
Jim and Margaret, in one of their favourite areas. This was unknown to most, judging by the many
routes taken to the Red Lion pub, Stiffords Bridge, Cradley, near Malvern. Our very own quiz master, Dr. Bob, posed the
question, “What name is the largest number of pubs called?” Someone answered, “Is it the Red Lion?” Correct.
The name Red Lion - derived from the badge of John of Gaunt, who died
We welcomed a new member, George, to the
Walking Group, and hope he’ll soon feel at home with us. He’s already talking of wanting to tackle
Snowdon; so watch this space!
Today felt like one of the last days of summer:
cloudy and sunny, but warm enough not to need top jackets.
From the pub, we crossed fields to Cradley
old church and through woods and meadows to Vine End, with glimpses of the Malverns
to the North West, seeing them from a different angle than usual. Then, lovely stretches of downland, strewn
with magnificent trees, like in a country park.
After coffee, in a delightful spot, a sudden rainy squall took us all by
surprise but, luckily, was soon over, and we gradually made our way back to the
Red Lion pub in lovely weather for a very enjoyable lunch - and much
camaraderie as usual.
Thanks again to Jim and Margaret for
sharing a fine walk with us. Betty and
thanks to Graham for the photographs. [web: "Stub"]
Its off to walk we go!
Is this the right place for coffee?
Quizmaster - or Walk leader?
So where is the Red Lion?
"lovely stretches of downland, strewn
with magnificent" - logs
Monday 2nd September
Ashchurch Village Hall
Walking Group Annual Meeting
Donald Trump and Boris Johnson have been invited but
regret that they are too busy elsewhere.
Date Thursday 5th September 5 or 6 miles Moderate Pub lunch
The Bell Inn, Selsley. GL5 5JY Grid 835
039 9.30 to order 9.45 start
Contact Mike and Jenny 01684 772194 week before
M5 to J 13. A 419 towards Stroud. Just before Stroud turn
right at roundabout to Selsley. Keep Left in Selsley. Pub
is on the left. Small Car Park, please share cars if you can.
We walk the Cotswold Way loop. A gentle climb over Selsley Common
then through woods to Kings Stanley. We walk along a short
section of the recently restored Stroudwater Canal. We go as far
as weather and time permit then make a short climb back to Selsley for
lunch at 1.30pm. 4 stiles, good paths.
18 of us assembled in “The Bell “ car park with an extra layer to keep out the chilly wind.
This Cotswold loop walk took us across Selsey Common,with good views either side.
The first coffee stop was tucked into Pen Wood,a beautiful beech wood.
at the ready, down the slightly damp path downhill off the ridge
towards King’s Stanley, gave Stuart the opportunity to taste a few
blackberries! A second coffee stop provided us with a more urban view
of the outskirts of the town. After crossing some busy
roads we came onto the tow path alongside the restored part of The
Stroudwater canal at Ryeford lock. The smart townhouses opposite were
such a transformation from the woollen mills era of the past.
A short gradual climb back up to Selsey allowed us a good view of the saddleback tower of All Saints “Arts and Crafts” Church.
at the Pub we had a very enjoyable and well organised lunch. Thanks to
Jenny and Mike for a walk of such contrasts (Thanks also go
to Sonia for her report and to Terry for his photos – SF)
Top of the world! (Photo by Terry)
Very stylish! (Photo by Terry)
Ryeford double lock (Photo by Terry)
All Saints (Photo by Terry)
This Stroll is dedicated
to the late Steve Dawe
Any voluntary donations will be forwarded to St Nicholas Church Ashchurch Fabric
Morrison’s Car Park [far
end on right by cycle track]; also on Bus Route 41.
leave at 10.30
A Stroll looking at Tewkesbury’s Two Forgotten Railways
shall follow the line of the First 1838 Railway on tarmac until we reach
Healings Mill Quay Street.
shall return via the 2nd 1864 Railway and those, who can cope with
non-tarmacked paths and possible nettles and brambles, will discover the remains
of the 2nd station before returning to the car park. [The less adventurous can return via
as described above; no stiles and railway gradients so none)
Jan and John on 01452-780591 week
but available in normal way at Canterbury Public House
the expected 24 walkers had grown to 27, John lead us off from
Morrison's car park on a tour of discovery following the routes of
Tewkesbury town's lost railways. The weather stayed bright and
dry for us, with even a few shots of sunshine. Our route took us into
the town, past the Methodist church, where John shared his amazing
knowledge of the railways history with us. When we arrived
at the Oldbury road crossing, we were treated to the sight of a
30's BSA three wheel car drawing up, driven by a lady
of mature years suitably dressed in a full leather flying helmet.
Onward throughBishop's Walk into the town centre and down to Healing's
Mill, such a shame to see the area descending into such a ruinous
state. From here we made a short walk past the Avon lock and made
our way to the Bredon road (remnants of bridge on the
Tewkesbury-Malvern line) We returned to the cars by way of Gas
Alley. and the overgrown route of rail line - past the remains of the
station platform. All of us agreed that we had not only visited
bits of Tewkesbury that we had never seen before, but had also leaned a
great deal about our town's history. Many thanks to John (and his
co-pilot Jan) for an entertaining and informative morning's stroll - SF
It went that-a-way
On the dock
Through the undergrowth
Date Thursday 12th September 6.5 miles Energetic Pub Lunch
Golden Heart Inn, Nettleton Bottom. GL4 8LA. Grid
969142 9.45 for 10.00
Justin and Steve 01684
295438 the week before.
M5 Junction11A. A417 via Birdlip towards Cirencester. Pub is on the
right hand side of the road, in the dip.
A scenic walk that includes some strenuous ascents and descents, hidden
valleys, two beautiful churches( Brimpsfield and Elkstone),
castle ruins and beautiful views. A mixture of road walking( NOT
the A417)and mostly field paths, with approximately six stiles.
Date Thursday 19th September 5 miles Moderate/Energetic Pub lunch
Meet Beckford Village Hall, GL20 7AA at 9:30 for 9:45 start
Stuart & Gillian the week before. 01684 833751, 07971 387040
(phone/email firstname.lastname@example.org when you book, with lunch
Directions B4080 from Tewkesbury through Kemerton, Overbury to Beckford
Steady climb up ‘the yellow brick road’, walk around Bredon Hill, down
to Ashton under Hill, through Grafton, back to Beckford. 6 easy stiles.
Walk 1330/2 (Additional walk added 26/7/19)
This Walk is dedicated
to the late Steve Dawe
Any voluntary donations will be forwarded to St Nicholas Church Ashchurch Fabric
Date: Wednesday 25/09/2019 Grade EASY Length 4 miles Max 25
Canterbury Leys Public House, GL20 8BT Grid: 905330 Start 10.00 Pub
Dixon & Jan Nattrass Contact:
01452-780591 Week before.
From Tewkesbury East on A438 [Ashchurch Road]; from Cheltenham via M5 to
Junction 9 and left via A438 to pub on right.
is a walk, focusing upon the former routes of Tewkesbury’s Two Forgotten
Railways. It will be part
urban and part rural with nettles.
There is one gate and a low stile.Note: Please arrive in good time to order
lunch. A menu will be provided for you to choose as the pub is not open nor is
Date Thursday 26th September 7.5 miles moderate/energetic. Picnic lunch
Park as near as possible to Great Malvern Station for 0945 train to
Colwall £2.60 single leaving from the far platform.
Contact Noel 01684 772526 the week before.
Take B4211 from Upton to Gt Malvern. At the double roundabout
take 2nd exit. After 400m turn left down to station.
From Colwall station, we walk below Malverns west side before climbing
steeply, but steadily (no rush) up to Sugar Loaf summit; then around
the northern hills along Lady de Walden Drive, descending via St Ann’s
Well back to station for a 1940s tea.
to all walk leaders for your hard work.
all the photos on this page have been reduced in size and resolution to
save both space and bandwidth. Should you want a copy of any
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.
are affiliated to the Ramblers
Association and the membership card
above may be used to obtain a 10 percent discount on walking gear in
most local outlets.
you require a paper copy of
the walking programme, there is a charge of £4
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
email, free of charge.
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
having to fold and unfold vast sheets of paper in the wind and rain -
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trial go to - http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmaps/
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
download a copy of the
Leader's Walk Plan Form (In Adobe Acrobat Format ie PDF) — Click on the
following link FORM
go to further advice for
leaders - Click on the following link
go to The Tewkesbury U3A
main site click here; Tewkesbury
Sylvia (Group Leader) 01684 437462
E Mail /
(Administrator) 01684 276960
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coordinator) 01684 274197
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