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PROGRAMME No 145 MAY, JUNE & JULY
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
Leader’s Pack containing First Aid, Phone and Safety Jackets.
They are held by Richard Hart and Anne Trott. It may be that
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
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
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
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
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?
Wednesday 2nd May 5
Brookend GL13 9SF
Grid 684021 9.30
for 10.00 start.
Contact Richard &
Eileen Please note that Richard and Eileen’s number
is now 01684 274197 by Sunday before.
We walk lanes to the Sharpness Canal and follow this to
Marina pausing to inspect The Hulks. Then
we pass the
old docks and back to the pub. Splendid views of
Estuary. No stiles and one slight incline.
M5 to Jn 13, then A38 to turning for Breadstone, Halmore and
Purton. Turn right and follow road to
right and right again and pub is on left.
Message from Richard 12/4/18 -
If you are coming on the walk 1224 on 2nd May, you will need to pre-book
your food. The website for the pub menu is:
Please let me know your choice when you book on, and remember, my number is
now 01684 274194 or email me.
of us set off from home in pouring rain for the start at Brookend.
Unfortunately only fifteen arrived, as Kate was in a road traffic
accident en route. We understand that she was not injured but our
sympathies are with her. By the time that we arrived at Brookend the
rain had nearly stopped and blue sky was fast approaching. In the event
the weather was mainly sunny, though cool, with only one rain shower.
We walked along minor roads to the Purton bridges over the Sharpness
Canal and after crossing the northern bridge set off along the tow path
towards Sharpness docks. En route some of us took the opportunity to
examine "The Hulks" the remains of small ships on the shore which had
been used to reinforce the river bank so as to prevent the erosion of
the canal bank by the River Severn. We also passed the remains of the
railway bridge which had been destroyed in a shipping disaster in 1960.
After leaving the docks area we again followed minor roads back to the
pub for an excellent lunch. (Thanks to Hugh for the report and Terry for the photos - SF)
All set? (Photo by Terry)
Waiting for something? (Photo by Terry)
The Hulks (Photo by Terry)
The wide and wonderful River Severn (Photo by Terry)
Walk 1225 Cheltenham Challenge 3
In view of the mud around at the moment and the need to avoid another steep
climb, Bob has made some changes to the next Cheltenham Challenge
Thursday 3rd May
Distance 5.3 miles
Moderate/Energetic Pub Lunch
The Grid Reference for the meeting
point at the car park on Daisy Bank Road is 950189 meet at
The car park is on Daisy Bank Road, off Leckhampton Hill
between Cheltenham and the Air Balloon.
The route will proceed to the end of Daisy Bank Rd then
ascend Leckhampton Hill and join the Cotswold Way with views across the Severn
Valley before descending to re-join Daisy Bank Road. We will then ascend
Leckhampton Hill Road before turning right and descending to Leckhampton Church
and onto Moat Farm. Then return to the start via Leckhampton
shall drive to The Royal at Charlton Kings for lunch.
Thursday 3rd May 6.5
Royal, Charlton Kings GL53 8JH Grid 965204
9.15 for 9.30
Contact Bob &
232527 the week before
Leave A40 on A435 Cheltenham to Cirencester Road. Left at
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.
fields to A40 and join Circular Challenge Route for a long uphill
section, where the final part is steep. The remainder of the route is
fairly level, before a final descent to the start.
M has asked me to thank all his friends in the walking group for their
kind wishes to him on the occasion of his 80th Birthday! -
Challenge part 3 started today from Daisy Bank road car park and took
us along the escarpment above Charlton Kings before doubling back under
the Devil’s Chimney to reach the Leckhampton Road. From there, we
dropped down into Leckhampton itself before winding our way back up the
old tramway path to the car park.
On a warm day there were
excellent views over Cheltenham and beyondand some of the fields were a
mass of cowslips. Just 8 of us enjoyed Bob’s well planned
route and lunch at The Royal was very good. Thanks to Bob and
Kath for their hard work. (Thanks to Richard for the report and
to Tony for the photos - SF)
Above it all (Photo by Tony)
Shall we go? (Photo by Tony)
Yes, why not! (Photo by Tony)
Woodland wandering (Photo by Tony)
In lane by Kemerton Church. 10.30
Numbers are limited and you must book onto this Stroll.
01386 725547 the week before
Directions To Bredon then Kemerton and
turn right at war memorial.
Details A chance to explore the Nature
stroll today took us around the impressive achievement of Kemerton's
Nature Resrve. Not only the lakes, reed beds and woodland but
also a hertitage orchrd! The 19 of us were privileged to be led
by our very own Pamela, who has been in the thick of this remarkable
enterprise from the start, and able to answer all our questions.
And what a lovely sunny day we had for it too! Our route took us
first through the orchard before taking to the woodland, past the reed
beds and lakes, into and out of bird hides and so on. A
comprehensive tour that ended up with Pamela's husband giving us a
brief history of the Nature Reserve.
Many thanks to Pamela for a super morning (and thanks for the photo too! - SF)
The heritage orchard
At a bird hide
" . . 'till May be out" (photo by Pamela)
Thursday 10th May 6
Village Hall, Upper
Soudley GL14 2UA Grid
657104 9.45 for 10.00
Contact Margaret &
772278 the week before
A38S to A48 to Elton Garage, then turn right to
Right at mini r’bout then left in 200 yds sp Soudley (2
At cross roads straight over and down over bridge to village hall.
A different walk, mainly on forest tracks with plenty of
undulation and the odd view point. Also waterside picnic
spot. Maybe bluebells. No stiles.
of us were lucky enough to be on this walk in the Forest of Dean. The
weather recently has featured both heavy rain and excessive heat, but
today was near-perfect: sunshine, light cloud and gentle breezes. But
what made the walk memorable was bluebells – everywhere, bluebells.
Several of us commented that we had never seen such an impressive
display. Bluebells are attractive enough plants individually, but they
are transformed when in their thousands, spread out on the floor of the
forest, beneath the trees reaching up to the blue sky. And the light
today brought out their colours, sometimes arranged in bands of soft
blue against the spring greenery of the beech trees, at other times a
more intense indigo. The walk also included a short stretch along the
bank of the pretty Soudley Brook, and provided archaeological interest
in the form of what is thought to be the remains of a Roman road. And I
almost forget that our leaders had planned the ideal spot for our
picnic lunch, at Wenches Ford, complete with tables, benches and
to Margaret and Terry for such an enjoyable walk – I have awarded it
the Blue Riband. (Thanks to Bob W for the report, and to Graham
and Terry for the photos - SF)
Lovely day for a walk in the Forest (Photo by Graham)
Wooo . . . look at the bluebells! (Photo by Graham)
Is that a cuckoo? (Photo by Graham)
Wonderful Forest of Dean! (Photo by Terry)
Wednesday 16th May 5
Free Public Car Park in Upton upon Severn - opposite Upton Parish
Church, St Peter & St Paul
Meet at 9.30
Contact Graham &
594331 the week before
Directions A38 from Tewks, then left to
Upton. Left into and through town.
A mainly level walk, with some gentle hills, starting along
old railway track to the cholera burial ground then past the
Mill House and the site of Hanley Castle- on the way to 12th Century
Hanley Castle Church of St Mary’s with both Saxon &
influences,with 15th Century almshouses close by, a
peaceful place for a coffee stop. Plenty of little known tracks during
the walk enjoying views of the Malverns.
Lunch will be at Ye Olde Anchor in Upton and their menu will be emailed
after booking, for your choices.
In perfect weather for walking, we set out across the playing field
behind Upton to discover a hidden track along the disused railway
track there axed by Dr. Beeching. Eighteen walkers, including a very
welcome newcomer, sauntered under clouds of blossom until we were
slightly horrified to discover the Upton Cholera Burial Ground.
Retracing our steps, we soon reached the hidden moat of the former
Hanley Castle, now a bare plateau and guarded by vocal rooks, or were
these crows? The village itself was just beyond and we learnt about
the Lechmere family as benefactors and the history of the church and
former grammar school founded in 1326, now the much larger Hanley
Castle Comprehensive. After coffee around the preaching cross and a
photo-shoot outside the Three Kings (not inside!), we crossed
wonderful flower meadows to discover a slowworm slithering back into
hiding and literally thousands of tiny Early Purple Orchids. The
final stretch back to lunch in Upton was downhill which made a
perfect ending to a memorable walk. Thank you so much Betty and
Graham. . (Thanks also to Angela for the report and to Graham for the photos _ SF)
A bit of a break at Hanley Castle (Photo by Graham)
At the strange but wonderful Three Kings (Photo by Graham)
Anyone for hayfever? (Photo by Graham)
At the fever burial ground (Photo by Graham)
May 5 miles
Mod/ Ener Café lunch/picnic/own arr.
Meet Winchcombe Station GR
027297 9.30 start
Contact Ian & Kathy 01684 290542
the week before.
Take A46 out of Tewkesbury. At Teddington roundabout straight on to
B4077 then right onto B4078 to
Winchcombe. Station on the left, just through Greet.
Details We catch the 10.11 Steam Train to
Gotherington Halt. Cost of
journey £4 single. We then walk to join the Gloucestershire Way, past
Dixton Manor and up over Langley Hill to Winchcombe. We will not start
walking until about 10.25am and therefore do not anticipate finishing
a pristine May morning, seventeen passengers, waited patiently on
platform one at Winchcombe Station for the 10:10 am service, the
Cheltenham Flyer. All walkers were reserved and well-behaved as they
took their seats and gazed out at the stunning countryside they were
now chugging through. A halt to the journey was called at Gotherington,
where the initial journey terminated and the walk proper began. Ian now
lead us up a series of dried-out hardened tracks, signalling hopefully,
the end of winter and the promise of summer. The route wound around
nearby Dixton Manor and many points of interest were highlighted,
although disappointingly Ian had forgotten to get permission for us to
use the zip-wire and tree swing in the adjoining grounds. We started to
huff and puff our way up Langley Hill, through a steep tree- lined
tunnel with fern and flowered embankments, and myriads of insects on
both sides. Everybody was chuffed when emerging into the sunlight we
saw the extensive views across the valley towards the Malvern Hills. At
a major junction of four footpaths we had refreshments before tackling
the steady incline towards the summit of Langley Hill. Just prior to
reaching the hill-top we took a left-hand track, which took us on a
semi-circular route, affording spectacular views towards Alderton or
alternatively, Winchcombe .The group now steamed down the hillside and
the walk arrived at Winchcombe Station, our final destination. Lunch
was ready and waiting in the buffet, delicious rolls, ham or cheese
with anything you wanted. Everybody agreed it was just the ticket! Many
thanks go to Ian and Kathy for a first class walk!! ( Thanks also to
the reviewer Steve (notice the railway references?) and the
photographers, Pamela, Terry and Ian - SF)
At the station (photo by Terry)
Landscape (photo by Ian)
over the hill and far away (photo by Ian)
Refreshment (photo by Pamela)
Wednesday 23rd May
4.5 miles Easy
Great Western Arms
9DT Grid 166 351 9.45 for 10.00
293319 the week before
A44 from Broadway up Fish Hill - Left turn after turn for
Chipping Campden. Right at Village T junction, immediate
and pub is to left at next junction.
follows Diamond way to the A44 then north past Upton Wold farm to
Norcombe woods, A mix of open fields, tracks, woods
village streets. A
long incline to start
and a short steep slope near end will be taken in short plods with lots
were just 10 of us for the walk today in the lovely quiet village of
Blockley. Tucked away off the main track and with no particular
special attraction, it is a delight easily missed. Having given
our lunch orders into the Great Western, we set off through the
village, admiring along the way the cottages and flower tubs.
When we reached Rock Cottage, I told the tale of The prophitess
Joanna Southcott and her mysterious locked box. The contents of this,
she said, would save the nation in time of national danger.
Pressing on, we set off up the long incline through the fields to the
main Morton road. All along the way was a delight - the sun had
come out and the track verges were bursting forth with all manner of
wild flowers. On we went, through wooded areas and field
boundaries to the final test of a climb up to join the top end of
the village before returning to the pub for good food in good company.
The general consenus was that it has been "a lovely walk!" Thanks
to Barry for being today's official photographer - SF
Through the village (photo by Barry)
Relaxing (photo by Barry)
It's not all slog (photo by Barry)
Lovely views (photo by Barry)
Butchers Arms, Mickleton. GL55 6SD
Contact Steve &
Justin 01684 295438 week before.
A46 out of Tewkesbury. At Teddington roundabout straight on,
B 4077 to Toddington. Left at roundabout onto B4632 to
Keep on the B 4632 to
Mickleton. In the village
take a left turning by the Nisa Local Supermarket, past the
Ways House Hotel ( Pudding Club) and the Butchers Arms is about 300
yards on the right.
Details From Mickleton we
climb up Bakers Hill, through Bakers Wood to Hidcote Boyce via a
section of the Heart of England Way. Through Hidcote Boyce we walk to
the top of Bakers Hill, before descending gently to Hidcote Bartram.
Return to Mickleton is via a descent near Kiftsgate Court and the path
leads back to the village whilst passing through the churchyard. The
walk consists mainly of field footpaths with some lane walking.
Approximately 3 stiles and lots of kissing (gates). Stunning views over
the Vale of Evesham, and some interesting First World War connections.
walkers met at the Butchers Arms in Mickleton on a drizzly May morning.
Steve gave an intriguing introduction to the walk suggesting we keep
our eyes open for the unexpected!
From Mickleton we climbed Baker’s
Hill to Baker’s Wood and although we had lost the previous few days
sunshine there was a quiet beauty to the misty valleys. The Red Campion
was looking particularly attractive in the muted light. While here
Steve pointed out a plaque recounting the story of First World War
Belgian soldiers who had been sent to convalesce at Norton Hall,
Mickleton, a V.A.D hospital. One of them had carved a large likeness of
a soldier into the trunk of a tree - which remains clearly visible.
then headed to Hidcote Boyce via a section of the Heart of England Way
and here we were advised to look out for a mysterious sculpture, a
giant hare and goldfish in an unusual place - all were duly found with
a lot of chuckling! We walked to the top of Ebrington Hill for our
coffee but, sadly, were unable to see the full extent of the views. As
we left the hill we passed an isolated property, definitely inhabited,
but with no road access, and was that a picture of a witch on the sign
above the gate?
Our walk continued past fields of flax to Hidcote
Bartram, through Hidcote Manor, and on to Mickleton via a descent near
In Mickleton we went through the churchyard of St
Lawrence’s where Steve continued the poignant story of one of the
Belgian soldiers who did not recover from his injuries and is laid to
rest there. Steve had thoughtfully brought a remembrance cross with him
which was placed on the distinctive grave.
Although overcast we had
enjoyed a beautiful spring walk and heard a large variety of birds
including Whitethroat, Chiff Chaff, Skylark, and more. Lunch at the
Butchers Arms was much appreciated.
Thank you Steve and Justin for
an interesting, glorious walk. (Many thanks to Mary M for the
graphic report and to Terry and Pamela for the photos - SF)
Wisteria! (photo by Terry)
Red hawthorne (photo by Terry)
Steve tells the tale (photo by Pamela)
Striding out (photo by Terry)
9.30 for 10.00
the week before
Directions A38 out of Tewkes on right
just after Aldi.
Details A gentle walk around Tewkesbury
and its outskirts.
of us gathered on a very rainy morning at Gupps Hill. While most of us
had our waterproof gear on, the hardy souls, Barry and Stan, were in
We walked down towards Tewkesbury, following the ‘Battle
Field signs. Along the way Barry, Stan, Marion and Mary gave us
snippets of the history of Tewkesbury and their experiences in the
town. We went through Victoria Garden and on to the Ham, where we heard
a cuckoo. At this point, those of us who were ‘waterproofed’ began to
feel rather warm.
On reaching the lock gates, the only lock in the
country connecting two rivers, Mary encountered a number of men, who
all received a hug and a kiss… her cousins we were told!
Abbey gardens Stan introduced us to the Ginkgo Biloba tree. This type
of tree can be traced back 270 million years (honest check RHS website).
wandered back to Gupps Hill and lunch. Great walk and good
company. (Thanks to Barry for leading us today, and to Fran for
the report - SF)
Long grass on the Ham
A sea of green
At the Cross
Black Horse Pub
9.30 for 10.00
Andrea & Sonia
01684 294676 during the week before.
Take M 5 South as far as 11A Junc. Keep
on A 46 lane
and follow through two roundabouts,signposted Painswick. Turn left to
Cranham on Buckholt Rd. The lane to the Pub is at the bottom of the
hill on the rt.
We walk through Buckholt Wood to pick up
Cotswold Way to reach the Painswick Beacon where there are lovely
views. We walk on the Wysis Way into Paradise and back
attractive valleys to Cranham Common. It is an energetic walk
we climb 950 ft in total. There are about 6 stiles.
of us gathered at the Black Horse who opened as a favour us. The
weather threatened rain and perhaps thunderstorms, but Sonia assured us
that if we ‘got a move on’ we would beat the rain. So a swift climb on
to the Cotswold Way and a rapid climb of Painswick Beacon for excellent
views over the Severn Valley. Then a steady descent through Paradise
and typical Cotswold countryside, meadows,streams and expensive houses,
in an increasingly humid atmosphere, but no other rain! Thanks to
Andrea and Sonia for a challenging walk. (Thanks to Tony B for
the report, and to Terry and Pamela for the photos - SF)
Hello! (photo by Pamela)
Refreshment (photo by Terry)
Off we go (photo by Terry)
At the beacon (photo by Terry)
Wednesday 6th June
Bulls Cross, near
Contact Tony & Jennifer,
by the Sunday before.
Directions M5 Jn 11a
and turn left onto A417. Turn right to Birdlip and keep on B4070
to Bulls Cross. Park on left hand side of road.
A walk around Laurie Lee’s Slad Valley involving steep ascents
totalling 1250 ft and descents which in places can be muddy. Good
views over the valley and Stroud. 7 stiles. We walk through
3 GWT Reserves and at the end can visit the Woolpack. This walk
takes about 4.5 hours.
Tony Barrett’s phone was zapped by the recent
lightning so if you have difficulty contacting him, please use:
07762 202 708.
to book onto their
9 of us “Walked out one midsummer morning” to walk the Laurie Lee Trail
around the Slad Valley. After a cool start, the sun came out and
we enjoyed blue skies with wispy clouds and marvellous views. The
meadows were full of buttercups and clover and scattered with a few
orchids. We took turns to read aloud the poems set along the
trail and had our lunch on Swift’s Hill, overlooking Stroud (best seen
from a distance). After meeting another U3A group from Bath, we
made the final climb back to the cars at Bulls Cross and of course had
a drink at the Woolpack and visited Lee’s grave at the little church
opposite. Being of the Third Age, we didn’t crawl under any hay
waggons or stuff our boots with straw!
Thanks to Tony and
Jennifer for a well-planned and delightful walk. (Thanks to
Richard for the report and to Terry for the photod - SF)
Green,green,green! (Photo by Terry)
Reading Laurie's poems (Photo by Terry)
Cotswold (Photo by Terry)
Next stop the Woolpack (Photo by Terry)
Thursday 7th June 4.5
6FL 10.00 to book food
Bob & Andrea 01684
294676 the week before
An easy walk, with some stiles to Showborough House to view the
sculptures in the garden. Free admission and drinks and cake for
visit to the Scupture exhibition in the gardens of Showborough House
has become an annual fixture - a sort of works outing. This year
22 workers signed up for the jaunt, and under a dry but overcast sky we
set off. Our route was the suual one, a sort of big loop to the
south of Twyning turning to the north past Twyning Manor and then
veering just a tad east over the common at Hill End to Showborough
House. It didn't take long before the jackets donned in the pub
car park (" . . . a bit chilly this morning!") were discarded as
the day, and the walkers, warmed up. All along the way nature was
thrusting, (it's that time of the year), and the meadows and
hedges were bursting wiith life, growth, and blossoming like mad-
The exhibition was as interesting as ever - full of
clever, witty or challenging pieces and even bigger this year
with an extension into the car park area- but for many of our group,
the gardens themselves were the star attraction. Such a
magnificent display of sensitive and creative planting and
landscaping! A cup of tea and a slab of cake later, and
were were off once again, this time in a direct route across the fields
back to the Fleet Inn at Twyning and a good lunch in great
company. (So much better than the last time I ate
there.) Many thanks go to Bob and Andrea for organising it
all for us - a lovely works outing once again!
The common at Hill End
Rabbits in transit
Chatting on the lawn at Showborough House
Tuesday 12th June The Alleys of Tewkesbury
By Tewkesbury Abbey gates opp The
Bell for a 10.30 start
Contact Stan 01684 293319 the week before
Details A tour of some of the more interesting parts of Tewkesbury
were 22 of us on today's stroll around the alleys of Tewkesbury, rather
more than ideal, but we managed very well due to Ken performing
excellent 'sheepdog' service at the rear. Our route was a
convoluted one of course, and we did not have time to visit all the
walkable alleys in the town, but I hope we visited enough to get an
idea of both the 'posh' and 'workaday' dwellings that are there
now. We talked here and there about the history of hardship and
appalling conditions that alley dwellers endured in the past, the
poverty, overcrowding and disease . The weather remained dry and
warmish for us, and no-one got run over as we trooped over the roads
several times. Everyone seemed to enjoy the visit, and when
a few of us took to the 'Spoons' for lunch we met with another group
'doing the alleys' - what a coincidence!
In the Chapel Alley
Smart cottages in Fletchers Alley
Back door to the Nottingham
Lost alleys in Barton St
Thursday 14th June
miles Moderate Pub
Red Lion , Stiffords Bridge, Cradley WR13
5NN GR 734480 9.30 for 10.00
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.
Details A pleasant walk through meadows ,woodland , along streams.
Passing the ancient church at Cradley. Good pub
a bright and pleasant, if sometimes gusty, morning, 20 members turned
up at the Red Lion, Stiffords Bridge, eager to escape the noise of the
busy A4104. After passing through a couple of rustic iron gates we were
soon into another world of lush buttercup-filled meadows rising gently
to the picturesque village of Cradley to the south as we stopped to
admire the imposing St . James Church,with its Norman and possibly
Saxon origins. Our walk continued rising gradually along the foothills
of the Malverns with dense woods to the left and beautiful views over
open meadows below until we caught a glimpse of the Worcestershire
beacon on our left. After a coffee stop atop a gently sloping valley
our return journey was equally enjoyable as we looked across the neat
farms and fields of broad beans, brassicas and sweet corn before
joining a leafy lane of copper beech trees which led us back to the
church. A further 1/2 a mile and were back to the 21st century to enjoy
our meals at the Red Lion, where Graham had toyed with the idea of
having the Venison burger but thought it might be two deer, or even too
A very enjoyable walk, new to most of us, and sincere thanks
to Jim and Margaret (Thanks go to Terry for the report and 3 of
the photos and to Pamela for her contribution - SF)
Blooming lovely (photo by Terry)
Through cool woods (photo by Terry)
Take your turn (photo by Terry)
Happy days (photo by Pamela)
Wednesday 20th June
Margaret & Terry will host a
In aid of the Air Ambulance Midlands
2.00 – 4.00 p.m. £5 (it all goes to charity)
rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org 01684 772278
a lovely afternoon we had in Margaret and Terry's wonderful garden, and
what splendid hosts they are! There was lots to eat, lots of
chat, and lots to admire in a garden that is a riot of blooms and
colour - what a treat for us all. Lots of fun too - always a
feature of any gathering of the walking group membership. The
raffle went on and on - with lots and lots of prizes donated for the
cause. In the end the sum of £447 was raised for the air
ambulance charity. Many thanks must go to Margaret and Terry for
all their hard work in preparing and organizing this special event.Blooming lovely! (photo by Graham)Lots of cake to eat (photo by Graham)Behave yourselves! (photo by Graham)What a wonderful garden! (photo by Graham)
Wednesday 27th June 5.5
Duke of York, Berrow WR13 6JQ Grid
782355 9.30 to order food
Contact Anne 01684 294859 the week before
Directions From Tewkesbury, over Mythe bridge on the A 438
We walk along woodland on East side of Ragged stone hill and Chase End
hill then up onto Howler Heath.From White leaved oak we follow the path
round the bottom of Ragged stone hill back to Hollybush CP returning to
the D of Y for lunch.
day of relentless sun,tempered by a north east wind. 18 braved the
walk, including new members Stuart & Gillian, and old friends Glen
from Edinburgh and Tony from Chaceley ably kept in order by
Matron Anne, rather like a ‘Carry On ‘ film with occasional assistance
from Calvyn when Jim & Margaret’s walk instructions went awry.
walk, familiar in many ways, side of Ragged Stone Hill, Bromsberrow
Estate paths down to Chase End Hill, with a coffee stop in a cool glade
on comfy? logs. Then on to Whiteleaved Oak where sadly the notice board
usually with inane & amusing comments has disappeared with the
Auras man nowhere to be seen. Fortunately Barry provided the amusement
of the day by climbing in the stocks for a photoshoot.
best till last, we visited the Oak Tree, festooned with trinkets from
the recent Summer Solstice celebrations where the Druids perform their
annual rituals. From there only a short stretch back through the shady
woods (and the cold Spring fed trough for trailing hot hands).
the heat much of the walk was comfortably shady, amidst trees of many
shades of green. Back to the Duke of York where a good lunch awaited
us. Many thanks to Anne & Calvyn for a memorable days walk
(Thanks to Betty for the report, to Graham for the photos and to
Shirley for the loan of her camera! - SF)
Shady Bunch (Photo by Graham)
Justice! (Photo by Graham)
Special tree (Photo by Graham)
Heat! (Photo by Graham)
June 9.3 miles
Skenfrith Castle NP7
457203 Start 10.00
Contact Stanley F .01684 850544 01368 850544 the week before
M50 to end; at Wilton, right on A49 and in 2.5 miles, left on
B4521. Park on West side of Skenfrith Castle. About 36
miles from Tewkes
Details We explore the country
to the West, towards Edmund’s Tump, touching on a few bits of the Three
7 of us journeyed down to Herefordshire today and Stanley wisely
shortened the route from the proposed 9.5 miles because of the
heat. We started from the village of Grosmont and climbed slowly
up to the ridge to the south. The way was not always clear and
needed a bit of map and compass work in places but we reached our goal
– Edmund’s Tump - before descending steeply back down.
were superb, if a little hazy on this humid day – Garway Hill, Skirrid,
Sugarloaf and Hay Bluff all visible in a panorama view from the top of
the hill. And we had the place to ourselves. Just a couple
of farm workers bringing in hay, a couple of dogs, one amorous bull
with a host of wives and hundreds of sheep all seeking the shade of
At the end, we visited Grosmont Castle and after 6.3
miles of walking and 1100 ft of climbing under our belts (not to
mention a cream tea at the nearby Oriental Tea Rooms) we made our way
home after a perfect day.
Thank you Stanley for taking us there. (Thanks also to Richard for the report and to Terry for the photos - SF)
Trig Point (Photo by Terry)
What a scorcher! (Photo by Terry)
In the castle (Photo by Terry)
Cream Tea - well earned"! (Photo by Terry)
1238 Cheltenham Challenge 4
July. 7 miles.
Energetic. Pub Lunch
Hewletts Reservoir. Grid. 975223.
0915 for 0930
Contact. Bob and Kath Price. 01242 232527. week before.
In Cheltenham, take the Harp Hill Road
from Junction of Hales Road and
Priors Road on the B 4075 .
We follow the Cheltenham Challenge Route via Ham and Colgate Farm to
the A40, then join the Cotswold Way climbing to Upper Colgate Farm then
returning to Hewletts via Northfield Farm. 2 long hills and several
Please visit www.thehewlett.co.uk to choose your meal and give the order to Bob when you book on the walk.
Note from Richard on 2/7/18
I’ve just heard from Bob - because of the low numbers and the fact that
some people have withdrawn because of the heat he is going to cancel Tuesday and
do the walk later in the year. Sensible I think. However, he and I
are going to do a walk-over of another section of the walk (at low level – no
hills) instead. You are welcome to join us if you would like
Thursday 5th July 4.75 miles
Easy Pub lunch
White Hart Inn,
Maisemore GL2 8HY Grid
814213 9.40 to order
Contact Hugh 01452 780460 the week before
We follow a bridle path on the north side of the River Leadon valley to
Murrells End, then a gentle climb to the top of Overton Hill, before
crossing the A417 and following footpaths back to the start. No stiles
but some mud if wet.
of us joined our walk leader Hugh at the White Hart Inn at Maisemore,
with sun cream and hats a-plenty. We headed North West (so I am told…)
walking bridle paths along the valley of the River Leaden, up to
Murrell’s End where we had our shady coffee stop, watched over by
several swallows on the phone lines above. Despite the hot dry spell,
the one little boggy bit en route managed to make a mess of Kate’s
shoes; this, and Betty’s melted chocolate biscuit, were the only down
sides of this lovely summer walk. We had extensive views from paths
which ran alongside fields of ripening wheat and barley and we stopped
in the shade to admire Hartpury College horses performing in the
distance before striding out (slowly and with frequent water stops in
the shady bits – it was a very hot day…), to the top of Overton Hill,
where 3 horses were greatly surprised as Hugh emerged from what must
have appeared to them to be a hedge, having cut a swathe through the
recently overgrown footpath for the rest of us. Butterflies abounded,
and we missed our naturalists as technology failed to identify wayside
plants, but a swift email brought satisfaction – thank you Pamela, for
being on call! Downhill to the welcome sight of Maisemore pond where we
disturbed a languishing grey heron, who took off from his perch when he
saw us coming, eager as we were to get back to the pub for a
well-earned drink and lunch. Tip of the day – put a water bottle in the
freezer the night before a hot walk. Frequent sips of iced water were
very refreshing on this hottest of days … (Thanks to Shirley for
the report and one of the photos, and to Stuart for the other three -
Ray Mears foraging for broad beans? (photo by Stuart)
Shirley looks up recipes for bean and thistle soup (photo by Stuart)
Leave the shade? You're joking! (photo by Stuart)
Wading through ripe oilseed (photo by Shirley)
Tuesday 10th July Eckington
Eckington Wharf picnic place Grid
923423 for a 10.30 start
Contact Mike & Jenny 01684 772194 the week before
Details A stroll around the village.
our stroll today we were entertained by a peal of 5040 changes of
Ambleside Alliance Major performed by the Vale of Evesham ringers on
the bells of Holy Trinity Church, Eckington. We thought it
might have been done for us – but probably not.
13 of us enjoyed
this gentle stroll around the village today. Jenny and Mike took
us around streets not easily seen from the main road and told us about
the history of the bridge, showed us where a Roman soldier had fallen
and read us a poem by the war memorial.
We didn’t have the
blazing sun of previous days but clouds made it a little sticky.
Ringing bells in ancient times used to be used to drive away thunder
and lightning. We hope it didn’t scare off the rain!
Many thanks to Mike and \Jenny for a delightful morning. (Thanks also to Richard for the report and photos\ - SF)
By Eckington Bridge
Eileen greets a new stroller
Shall we buy it?
Thursday 12th July 6
The Fox Inn, Little Barrington.
Grid 192131 9.45 for 10.00
Calvyn and Steve
01684 296684 The week
Directions 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.
was the fourth time Calvyn and Steve were to embark upon this walk.
Originally scheduled for earlier in the year, floods and mud had
resulted in it being rescheduled for today, when bright sun,
temperatures in the high 20's, dust and hard ground prevailed.
Unfortunately the pub landlord had become suspicious of their earlier
visits (long haired hippy type and a Welshman, aka Compo and Clegg), to
suss out the area, and he insisted on money up front when ordering
Steve had worked out which way up his money tin went, both
leaders donned high viz and Steve his old schoolmasters whistle !
Twenty of us set off under cloud, but this rapidly cleared to
uninterrupted sunshine. We crossed the River Windrush for the first
time, shocked at the water quality, opaque and grey, an unexpected sign
of poor water quality. We duly noted the straw fox that adorned the
ridge of a thatched barn and a motoring hedgehog in concrete, atop a
masonry gate post. We stopped again to admire the Barrington
Estate and learn of its history from Steve, before heading on through
beautiful Cotswold countryside. Our accompanying
botanist/ornithologist/naturalist, Pamela, patiently fielding questions
from all sides. How fortunate we are to walk with such a knowledgeable
and patient lady - three cheers !
Wending our way onwards
we crossed a tributary of the Windrush, bright clear and sparkling in
the sun, as one day the Windrush itself might be ? However the zenith
of Steve and Calvyn's organisational skills was marked overhead by the
Red Arrows trailing red, white and blue smoke. A fabulous
Cotswolds walk in valley and on ridge, it was enjoyed by
all. For Ian and Kathy, presently away in Spain, it
was awwwsome! (Thanks to Stuart for the wonderful report ant to
our trio of photographers - SF)
The peasants are at the gates! ( Photo by Terry)
Flax? (Photo by Terry)
A bit of shade ( Photo by Calvyn)
Through fields of gold ( Photo by Pamela)
Wednesday 18th July 4.8 miles Easy/Moderate Own arrangements,
Meet Newent Lakeside car park (fee 80p) Grid 722261, 09.45 for 10.00am,
Contact Lesley 01452 84062 week before
The walk begins from above to the disused canal, through fields and
occasional tarmac, towards the tiny arboretum and 'home'. A
couple of difficult stiles.
Thursday 19th July 5.5m Moderate/Energetic
Main St. Elmley Castle
9.30 for 10.00
Pamela & Mary
01386 725547 the week before
Eckington Road from Bredon, then right to Combertons and
Elmley or Bredon, Beckford, Ashton under hill, then
Elmley. Park in Main Street near pub.
We walk from the pub through pastures, with views of the Malverns and
Bredon Hill, loop through to Great Comberton and return towards
Elmley. A final steep climb onto Bredon Hill (not
‘the Wall’) and a gentle downhill route back to the pub.
Wednesday 25th July
Lunch:To be decided
Meet Clanna Woods FC car park (very limited space) Grid 584024 9.45 for 10.00
Terry and Margaret
A48. App 4m past Lydney turn R at Globe Inn,
Alvington.( GL15 6BA )A sp Hewelsfield and Brockweir.
After 1.5 miles Turn R at second crossroads , parking a short distance
Details An undulating walk through woods,
fields, tracks, quiet lanes passing little hamlets. Over a dozen stiles
and good views across the Severn, weather permitting
Thursday 26th July 5 miles Easy/Moderate Picnic at Hugh's house
Meet Apperley Village hall car park, GL19 4DP Grid 867286 10.00 start
Contact Hugh & Fran 01452 780460 the week before
Details This is the reverse of a walk we did in March 17 through
Deerhurst and Deerhurst Walton. Two gentle hills, footpaths and country
lanes, some stiles.
Picnic at Hugh's house near the Village hall; he will supply beer, wine
and soft drinks. Hopefully the weather will be good enough for the garden!
Wednesday 1st August
Nightingale, Worcester WR7 4QS Grid
9.30 for 10.00 start
Jennie & Isabel 01684
772216 week before
B4080 turn right at junction onto A4104
Pershore. At Pinvin junction turn left onto A44 and
pub on right just after Sneachill Village
Flat walk along footpaths
and tracks with good views especially
Spetchley Hall as we pass through
the Estate. 5 or 6 easy stiles and railway
to all walk leaders for your hard work.
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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 £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
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
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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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