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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 cancellations etc.

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Earlier walk programmes have now been removed from the web pages to save space, but copies including the reviews going back to 2001 may be obtained from Stan

Walking 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 other !

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.  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.

And 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.

After 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?


Monday 3rd September
The walking Group Annual Meeting
Ashchurch Village Hall
2.00 p.m.
 Reports – Election of Officers – Statistics
Tea and cakes – The previous year in pictures

Our usual bunfest had  a  special significance this year, as our long serving Leader, Ken, decided to hand on his cammander's baton to another, and the universal and popular opinion was that our future leader would be Sylvia  (applause! applause!)   We were all sad, of course, that Ken was standing down from the office, but we were at the same time universally appreciative of his outstanding contribution to the group over the years and happy that he continues to join us on our walks

Ken and presentation portrait

Walk  1252  Cheltenham Challenge 4

Date   Tuesday 4th September.    7 miles.   Energetic.   Pub Lunch
Meet.       Hewletts Reservoir.   Grid. 975223.     0915 for 0930
Contact.      Bob and Kath .   01242 232527. week before.
Directions.    In Cheltenham, take the Harp Hill Road from Junction of Hales Road and    
                       Priors Road on the B 4075   .
Details            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 stiles.
Please visit www.thehewlett.co.uk to choose your meal and give the order to Bob when you book on the walk. 

There were 10 of us today on this 4th Stage of the Cheltenham Challenge.  Bob had been out on the hill for several hours the day before clearing paths and cutting brambles and we were glad of his hard work on this warm, dry morning.

Our route took us south from the Hewlett reservoir to the tiny hamlet of Ham and then zig-zagged and climbed across fields above Charlton Kings to Colgate Farm and the edge of Dowdeswell Wood.  From here we followed the Cotswold Way until we descended to our cars  over a series of difficult stiles (including one notorious double  which
The Hewlett Arms must have been glad to see us because we were the only ones in there.  The food and welcome was good and we felt we had earned it.
had the short-of-leg struggling).  We saw lots of horses and cows today, who all ignored us, except one beast who bellowed loudly but kept her distance

.Thanks to Bob and Kath for leading this walk so well.  (Thanks to Richard for the report, and to Bob for the photos - SF) 

up we go    (photos by Bob P)

 a bit of a rest

great style!

autumn sun   


Date          Our aim is to walk along the former railway embankment and to visit the                Cholera Burial Ground, followed by a stroll to the site of the former Cholera Hospital where we may receive some local advice.  After the walk, there is the opportunity to eat at the Muggery with its unique atmosphere.  We hope you will voluntarily join us there.   It would be appreciated if those coming by car offered lifts. Please use toilet facilities before arrival.  The walk is gently uphill on rural footpaths and downhill [the latter mainly on a pavement].  There is one very short climb up a stone stairway to the embankment.  It is a genuine 2 hour stroll max.

John’s Stroll today was in Upton upon Severn and as ever, it had an historical theme. We walked from the car park to join the old track of the Tewkesbury to Malvern railway, whose demise was not due to Dr Beaching but to simple economics.  Out next stop was the old Cholera burial ground built for the 50 town’s people who died in the great epidemic of   1832.

Then, with some trepidation, we made our say up Cut Throat Lane, but were relieve at the top to be met by Betty & Graham Mealand who welcomed us into their garden to view the ancient meadow behind which once cotained a Health Barn, where Cholera sufferers were treated.
Now the drizzle had turned into annoying rain as we made our way back to the cars, ironically, past the modern Health Barn which is the Upton Surgery.  Many then retired to The Muggery for lunch.

Many thanks to John and Jan for another interesting and well organised Stroll  (Thanks to Richard for the report - SF)

on the line

nice walking

damp at the burial ground

wet in Graham's garden

Walk  1253

Date   Thursday 13th September     6 miles Moderate          Pub lunch
Meet        Courtyard of Dog and Partridge  B49 5BB.   Alcester.   Grid  088 572.    9.30 for  9.45
Contact    Mike & Jenny   01684 772194    the week before
Directions    A46 / A435   (Arrow)  R at 1st Rbout into Evesham St.  (Alcester).  1st  R Newport Drive,
2nd  L Bleachfield St.    Dog and Partridge is on the left.   Park in Bleachfield St.  FREE  car park just past the pub on the left ( or limited street parking.)
Details    Primrose Hill and Oversley Wood.   Easy walking on roads, tracks and woodland paths, (might be muddy in places.)  One stile, several small ups and downs, one longer up hill in the wood.  406 ft ascent in total.The route can be shortened if it is wet.   Lunch can be ordered when you book.  The gate to the pub yard should be unlocked so we can use the toilets on the right in the yard.

Sixteen of us met in Alcester town centre on a beautiful, sunny early Autumn morning; it had been quite cold (10degC) on the way there, but quickly warmed-up as the morning went on. This was a new area for most. The walk went south of the town and, after crossing the River Arrow and the A46, became a circular walk around Primrose Hill to within sight of Oversley Castle (a Victorian house with attached crenelated tower folly). We then joined part of the Arden Way before traversing Oversley Wood, which is a remnant of native English forest, and then back to Alcester. Wildlife of note seen included a grass snake and maybe a deer. This was a very scenic and attractive walk on a lovely day.   (Many thanks to Mike and Jenny for leading this new and interesting route, to Hugh for his report and to Graham for the photos - SF)

The long and winding road     (Photo by Graham)

Oversley Wood

Is this the jungle?

Where next?

Walk  1254

Date   Wednesday 19th September      5.5 miles Moderate          Picnic
Meet        Ken and June’s house, Pamington     GL20 8LS      9.45 start
Contact    Ken & June     01684 772564     the week before
Directions    From Tewkes take A46, turn right at Aston Cross onto B4079 – half mile to house
Details    We walk to Oxenton, Teddington back to Pamington
Tracks and up Oxenton Hill and down to Teddington back to Pamington

It was a windy, but dry day when twenty walkers set out from Ken and June's house to walk a circular route across country via Oxenton hill. After an impromptu litter pick, as a consequence of the high winds and an unstable wheelie bin the group reformed to follow an old drovers route past a modern chicken farm, how the farming and distribution of our food has moved on ? We left the drove road to strike out across country towards Oxenton and it's ancient church, in the grounds of which coffee was taken. A brief viewing of the wall paintings inside the church was followed by a climb onto the flanks of Oxenton hill. Magnificent views across the Severn vale and an end to end view of the Malvern Hills were soon revealed. The wind blew and clouds scudded across a sunny blue sky. Descending from the hill to cross the A435 we headed back towards Pamington, initially along a path through thick scrub that Ken had spent a few hours clearing a way through some days before. While now walking on the level again we encountered the full force of the wind, which coupled with an immense newly ploughed and harrowed field, resulted in the walking becoming quite physical. Back at Ken and June's house we were royally served with tea, coffee and cakes. Indeed it was bribery with the later, (cake), that got me to agree to pen this report ! A big thanks to Ken and June for their hospitality and a great walk, also to Tony for driving to pick up a few stragglers.  (Thanks also go to Stuart for the report and to Graham for his great photos - SF)

At Oxenton church

The congregation     (Photo by Graham)

Super panoramic views    (Photo by Graham)

The giant ploughed field    (Photo by Graham)

Walk  1255

Date   Thursday 20th September     6 miles.  moderate/ energetic  Pub lunc
Meet         Carpenters Arms, Miserden GL6 7JA  Grid 937088  9.30 to order food
Contact     Jim & Margaret  01684 296773    the week before
Directions    From Birdlip take the A4070 towards Stroud taking the left turn at Fostons Ash and then shortly the first turning left sign posted to Miserden. Follow signposts to Miserden.
Details          From Miserden we pass a couple of small lakes then up to Winstone, on to Syde and Caudle Green before returning to the Carpenters  Arms. Woodland walks with good views from  Syde and Caudle Green.               One or two steepish bits.

Walk cancelled 

Walk  1256   The Isbourne Way  part 2

Date   Wednesday 26th September       7.5 miles   Moderate        Picnic   
Meet        Evesham Viaduct Meadow car park (£4) WR11 4SU   Grid  033432    Meet at 9.30
Contact    Richard & Eileen     0106841 274197  the week before
Directions    Do not take Evesham by pass. Car park entrance is on left after crossing river.
Details    After meeting we will take half of the cars to the starting point at Toddington Church and walk back to Evesham.

Fourteen of us met in the carpark in Evesham and then sharing transport to Toddington for the second half of this linear walk following the course of the River Isbourne, whose claim to fame is that it is the only river in the country running 'up hill' from South to North, where it joins the River Avon. The weather was ideal for walking and we set off at a good pace making for our coffee stop at Wormington, here we sat around the tree on the small green sharing the space with the dustmen who were having there lunch break. After the break we set off over a couple of ploughed fields to enjoy the very pleasant children's play area in Sedgeberrow well equipped with seats for tired legs and the picnic lunch. We then had a stretch closely following the river, which we found to be in a deep river bed, and to admire the substantial flood gates at Hinton on the Green which were a clear indication of how strong the flow of water can be. Through fields verging on Nursery Gardens to quite suddenly arrive at the River Avon. Thank you to Richard, Eileen, Jenny and Mike for planning this challenge.  (Thanks  also to Tony for the report and to Pamela for the photos - SF)

Dumbelton Mill     (Photo by Pamela)

A church along the way  
  (Photo by Pamela)

All together with the Isborne behind  
  (Photo by Pamela)

Walk  1257

Date   Thursday 27th September        4 miles Easy            Café Lunch     
Meet             Far Peak Climbing Centre    GL54 3JL    Grid 113145   9.45  for     10.15am start.
Contact       Steve    01684 295438   the week before.
Directions    A40 to Northleach turn on to the A429 towards Cirencester. One mile south of 
Northleach turn left to join a road signposted Ablington and Bibury. Follow this    road for about 300 yards and then turn right onto a long driveway that leads to the Far Peak Climbing Centre, park up near the small industrial units.
Details          A circular walk around and through Northleach, with a visit to   Hampnett Church.
A mixture of field and road walking. Only 1 stile, mostly flat with 2 small climbs around Hampnett, separated by a coffee break. Lunch will be taken in the Hayloft Café and a range of toasties, jacket potatoes and drinks will be available. 

We had a wonderful day for our walk today - bright sunshine all the way and not a cloud in the sky!  There were 16 of us met up at the Far Peak climbing centre near Northleach.  (A climbimg centre?  Yes indeeed!  A whole host of artificial climbing towers both indoors and in the open - very impressive!)  After ordering our lunches we set off with Calvyn and Stuart in charge, given poor Steve's foot problem who actually designed this walk.  Our route took us at first along a delightful green lane/footpath past Winterwell Barn to Helen's Ditch.  This was along the Diamond Way so far, lots of "ways" around here, the Diamond Way, as already mentioned, then later the Monarch's Way and even - not a footpath this but a pre-historic route - the Salt Way..  We turned off the path here and made our way into Northleach,  enjoying fine views of the magnificent Wool Church along the way.  A short pause in the town, and then on past the town prison and along the valley bottom to the hamlet of Hampnett.  Here, I fear this feeble walker's trek came to and end. Being rather tired, I begged a lift back to the centre from Hampnett from Steve, who had driven to the church to meet us.  Before he left though, he told us about the striking decoration that a 19th century vicar had done to the interior. (Well worth the visit!)  So it was that I sat sipping a cool drink in the centre cafe while the rest of the group completed the walk without mishap.  We all agreed that it had been a super walk in lovely surroundings with lots of interesting things to see.  Many thanks to Steve for arranging it all, and to Calvin and Stuart for leading us so well on the day.

Coming down to Northleach

A pause in the town

Taking the sun in Hampnett

Fran contemplates the infinite in Hampnett church


Walk  1258

Date Wednesday 3rd October    5 miles Moderate         Pub lunch
Meet         long term car park, Wilton Road, Ross-onWye, HR9 5JA, Grid
                      594240 (£1 all day),        09.45  for 10.00
Contact    Fran and Hugh  01452 780460 the week before
Directions    To end of M50, then continue on A449/A40 (towards Monmouth,
                      not Gloucester), crossing over River Wye to second roundabout, turn left
                     (south-east) into Wilton Road towards Ross town centre. Car park is on
                     right. Park at far end, near skate board area.
Details    The walk is mainly flat with one gentle climb and one short
                      sharp climb. It follows the River Wye through riverside meadows, using a
                      section of the Wye Valley Walk, before returning to Ross through
                     Brampton Abbotts; good views, no stiles, some mud if wet. Lunch will be
                     at the Hope and Anchor pub, which is 400 metres into the walk where we
                    will order lunch in passing. The pub is happy to accept muddy boots on
                    our return. 

Ross-on-Wye, situated on a bend of the River Wye, with views of the Welsh Hills, a cliff top market town, dominated by the Church spire. Our Group hasn’t walked much here but years ago Stan was in charge when the heavens opened and the walk had to be abandoned. Fortunately, the weather today had a mellow, Autumnal air as 14 members met in Ross after a speedy journey down the M50.
Our walkers  ably led by Hugh & Fran set forth through pleasant water meadows along the river, seeing quad rowers, swans and a variety of birds on a mostly flat section along the Wye Valley Walk.
At the coffee stop it’s amazing how the smallest incident provokes laughter and Margaret found herself describing how the absence of stiles on this walk was providing such a relief from what is normally expected - and then proceeded to dig an even deeper hole as she tried to explain what she meant! Coffee stop over, away we went only to find Sylvia was pole less and running back to find it, but Stuart, a gentleman, offered his services as Betty discovered she had it all the time.
The one thing that marred - the Hope & Anchor pub had agreed to take lunch orders at the start but failed to open up with some of us having to wait a long time to be served after we returned.
The Walking Group has to be  one of the happiest groups in the U3A judging by the camaraderie, where walking & talking has to be good for us! Thanks to Hugh and Fran for another memorable outing. (Thanks also to Graham, not only for his super photos, but also for the report this week!)

Fours on the Wye    (Photo by Graham)

 (Photo by Graham)

Under Penyard Hill
 (Photo by Graham)

Swinging down the lane
 (Photo by Graham)

Walk  1259

Date    Cheltenham Challenge      5
        Thursday 4th October            6.5 miles Easy/Moderate     Garden Centre lunch
Meet        Dundry Nurseries.    GL51 6SL   Grid.  898216.          0915 for 0930
Contact    Bob and Kath.  01242 232527. week before.
Directions    Dundry Nurseries is almost opposite the entrance to Staverton airport,
        which is reached from the B4063 road between Glos and Chelt.
Details    This is a linear route.  A number of cars will proceed to Brizen Sports Field. The walk then follows the 3rd section of the Cheltenham Circular Challenge through     Shurdington to Cold Pool Lane, then to Badgeworth Church. Across fields over M5 and under railway to Home Farm, then through the airport back to Dundry Nurseries.  The nursery provides a limited range of food and drinks.  Order before     we start.  All nursery profits go to helping seriously disadvantaged students.

What a glorious day for the Cheltenham Circular Challenge Section 5, sunny, warm but not too hot.  Ten of us met at Dundry Nurseries, from where, being a linear walk, half the cars went on to Shurdington Playing Fields.  It was a gentle 6.4 mile, undulating walk across fields and through church yards.  What a pity they are so neat and tidy, a wonderful opportunity for helping wildlife missed.  We were delighted to see two roe deer, a green woodpecker and robins were singing their sweet Autumn songs in the hedgerows.
We sat under an oak tree at Badgeworth for coffee break and then pressed on across more fields.  At one point we had to climb over a kissing gate which was well and truly stuck, but we all managed well. Our next problem was a herd of very curious and exceedingly frisky young bullocks. Where were our farmer friends to keep them in order we asked?   But not to worry, the British Army bravely defended us in the shape of " Bob-red-socks" and we safely traversed the field.
 When we went through their field, a herd of goats were far better behaved and so on to Staverton Airport.  Here we saw and heard the shiny red air ambulance helicopter as it ran its motors on the ground nearby.  We returned to the nurseries for lunch and a bit of plant buying, before going home.  A most enjoyable walk, thank you Bob and Kath for planning and leading,  though Kath was unable to join us   . . .  what a shame.  (With thanks also to Anne for her report, and to Bob W and Shirley for their photos - SF)

Bob P. vs Beasts     (Photo by Shirley)

It's not all slog!
    (Photo by Shirley)

A field full of colour
    (Photo by Bob W)

  (Photo by Bob W)


Date  Tuesday 9th October          Broadway    
Meet        Childswickam Rd car park (fee)  WR12 7HA         10.30 start
Contact    Ken & June        01684 772564    the previous week
Directions    From Toddington r’bout, turn left just before entering Broadway.
Details    A gentle stroll around this pretty village

It couldn't have been a better day for thee 24 of us today for this, the last stroll of the year.  The sun shone from a cloudless sky - much more like July than October - what wonderful weather we've had this year!  Ken and June took us on a convoluted route around this tourist hot spot, proving that there is always something new to find even in places that you think you know well.  In general, we toured around the edge of the town rather than marching up and down the main street as we normally do.  We had a quick look in the church before making our way through a very horsey and well established farm into the magnificent play area for the lucky folk of Broadway - a wonderful collection of activity equipment guarranteed to exhaust even the most energetic child.  Needless to say a few items had to be sampled! After this, we crossed over to the other side of the main street and explored the maze of backstreets here too  - all very posh!.  Altogether a most interesting and enjoyable wander around this picturesque town.  Many thanks to stalwarts June and Ken for leading us so well.

Setting off

Looking at the church

Some lovely old buildings

In the playground

Walk  1260  The Malverns End to End

Date   \Wednesday 10th October     11 miles    Energetic       Picnic lunch
Meet        Bromsberrow Village Hall  HR8 1RU  Grid 746336     9.15
Contact    Graham & Betty Mealand    01684594331    Asap
Directions    Exit Jn2 of M50 towards Ledbury then turn right as signed to Bromsberrow
Details    This "End to End” Walk of the Malvern Hills has not taken place for several years now and is being organised after several requests from Walking Group Members. In the hope that we can attract at least 18 walkers a coach will be booked from Smiths Coaches of Ledbury  to transport us from Bromsberrow to the start of the walk at Lamb Bank, West Malvern Road, Malvern for the start of this 11 mile walk at 10am. In order to keep the travel cost to £5 pp it is important to have at least 18 passengers.
At a reasonably easy pace we’ll be leading a contour walk on lower paths which should take approx 6 hours ending back at Bromsberrow Village Hall for a  welcome 4pm afternoon tea (small charge). Walkers enjoying this complete walk will be known as  “Bankers”.
Alternatively for those who would prefer a shorter version there is the option of joining the Bankers at approx 12.15 for their picnic at the British Camp,
Wynds Point, WR13 6DU (about half way)  using the Kiosk seating by arrangement when we buy a cuppa. For those joining us here you will be known as “Campers”.
Well, Bankers & Campers we  look forward to you joining this unique walk by booking asap please so we can work out  coach & afternoon tea numbers

It was a beautiful day, with sunshine all the way.  23 of us left Bromsberrow Village Hall by coach for the drive to West Malvern Road and the start of the walk.

The walk started steeply up Lamb Bank and soon we were to divide into two groups, thirteen with Mike leading took to the ‘tops’ and ten the lower path with Betty or Graham leading.
The scenery was breath-taking, the start of the autumn colours being enhanced by the bright sunshine and the misty distance views. We made the Worcester Beacon in good time and it was down hill to the coffee stop at the Wyche cutting. A bit more climbing took the groups over and around the peaks before the lunch stop at the Kiosk Cafe at British Camp, a busy place with tables full of bikers, school children and walkers. The ice creams were recommended by some!!
Back on  the track passing Clutters Cave and the paths around British Camp overlooking Castle Morton Common, down through woodland towards Hollybush with a short break there. On again on the last part of the walk climbing up the woodland path  to White Leaved Oak, some climbing Chase End Hill and others, too tired took the contour route, and all enjoyed the views of Bromsberrow Estate as we neared the end of the walk.  We all joined up for the tea and cakes on our return to the Village Hall. No casualties. A very big ‘thank you’ to Graham, Betty and Mike for a great day out.
( Graham and Betty  even made a profit of £25 from coach charges which will go to the Air Ambulance). Thanks to Margaret for the report, and to Graham for his usual exceptional photos, and congratulations to all the walkers who completed the hike! - SF

On the Worcestershire beacon

A long way ahead

Sunny smiles

Chase End - the last hill

Almost done

Walk  1261

Date  Thursday 18th October     5 miles Moderate         Café lunch
Meet        Hailes Fruit Farm GL54 5PB  Grid 055297        9.30 for 10.00
Contact    Sonia     01684 298409     the week before
Directions    Toddington r’bout  ,turn rt. Follow signs to Fruit Farm on the left.
Details    We walk on fields, tracks and lanes passing Hailes Abbey, Didbrook and Wood Stanley. There is a steady climb on Cotswold Way and one short tricky part down. No stiles. 

25 of us met at Hayles Fruit Farm on a perfect Autumn day. The sun was beginning to come up through the mists creating a marvellous view across the Severn Vale. We could see that we were soon going to be warm, although the early start was a bit chilly.
Off we set going first downhill to admire the modest 12 C  church, which preceded the building of Hailes Abbey and survived the dissolution when the Abbey was sacked by Cromwell, it was to become a parish church.
Soon we began ascending up the escarpment, it was steady climb of about 500 feet so we were pleased to stop and admire the view on the way up. From the top there were extensive views across to Dumbleton and Bredon Hills and beyond.  Soon we came across Cromwell’s Seat, where it is reputed Thomas Cromwell sat and watched as the Abbey was demolished in 1539. Sonia read us a quote by Cromwell who said that the phial of ‘Christ’s blood’ given to the Abbey by the Earl of Cornwall in 1270 was: “Unctuous gum and composed of many things”.
We descended through some beautiful birch trees and across a field to find a lane that led us back to the Fruit Farm where we had an enjoyable lunch, with the first fire of the season for many.
Thank you Sonia for a lovely five mile autumnal walk.  (Thanks to Andrea for her report, and to our trio of photographers this week, Graham, Shirley and Bob W
- SF)

Climbing up the escarpment    (Bob W)

View from the top    (Graham)

At Cromwell's Seat    (Graham)

Coming down again    (Shirley)

Walk  1262

DatexWednesday 24th October      5 miles     Easy         Pub  Lunch
Meet              The  Nightingale, Worcester WR7 4QS  Grid 909532      9.30 for 10.00 start
Contact         Jennie & Isabel  01684 772216 week before
Directions    From Tewkesbury B4080 turn right at junction onto A4104 through                                    Pershore. At Pinvin junction turn left onto A44 and  pub on right just after Sneachill Village sign. 
Details          Flat walk along footpaths and tracks with good views especially
of Spetchley Hall as we pass  through the Estate.  5 or 6 easy stiles and railway footbridge.  

12 of us met up at the Nightingale Inn at Sneachill near Worcester for a walk organised by Jennie and Isabel. We were blessed by mild sunny weather with no breeze for the 4.5 mile walk which was mainly on the flat. We soon came across our "High" point climbing up a walker's bridge across the main line railway.
Spetchly Park then came into view offering lovely autumnal scenes in the sunlight.We had our coffee stop were we could see the lone tree on the mound by Junction 7 of the M5.
Our walk continued via tracks and fields to conclude our walk at the Nightingale Pub.  As it was busy we had to wait for 40 minutes for our food to arrive even though it had been pre- ordered.

Thanks to Jennie and Isobel for leading an enjoyable walk (Thanks also to Justin for the report and to Hugh for the photos - SF)

Time to chat   (Photo by Hugh)

Shall we go?  
  (Photo by Hugh)

Sunshine in Spetchley Park  
  (Photo by Hugh)

Walk  1263

Date Thursday 25th October            6.5m  Moderate/Energetic      Pub lunch
Meet        Wyche Inn,   WR14 4EQ    Grid    769437      9.15 for  9.45
Contact    Richard & Eileen      01452 780505    the week before
Directions    Welland – British Camp car park – Jubilee Drive – thro’  Wyche Cutting and pub is on left.
Details    South  along the ridge and down to Evendine into Colwall.  Then through the grounds of the Downs School an up The Purlieu, back up to the pub.  Some climbing up and down.

A lovely walk had by 12 keen walkers - we set off smartly from the Wyche Inn and a gentle walk along the ridge.  Glorious autumn colours and gorse flowering gaily.  Looked for fieldfare and redwing but none spotted (though some seen in county already).  Some of us sampled the Evendine water (very chilly but it had to be tried - Malvern spring water known to be some of the purest in the country) then on through pretty Colwell (a break for welcome hot drinks) and  through the grounds of the Downs School (lucky to spot the school,s own very unique steam railway in action)  - and finally up The Purlieu and back for a jolly good lunch!  Thank you Eileen and Richard!  (Thanks go to Pamela for her report, and to Bob W and Terry for their photographs - SF)

A bit of a laugh    (Bob W)

Jungle paths    (Bob W)

Along Malvernside    (Terry)

Plod, plod    (Terry)

Walk  1264

Wednesday 31st October       3.2 miles Easy          Pub lunch
Meet         car park(free), Church Road, Churchdown, (behind Churchdown Club), GL3 2ER,  Grid 886197          10.15 for 10.30
Wednesday 31st October       3.2 miles Easy          Pub lunch
Contact    Hugh       01452 780460  the week before
Directions    The Old Elm Inn is at the centre of Churchdown village.  The car park is up a small road opp beside Churchdown Club.
Details    This is a short walk around Churchdown Hill but the first  600 metres are a moderate climb. Good views and woodland paths, fewer than 10 stiles. Pub lunch at the Old Elm Inn (across the road from the start point)
(Note from Richard on 19/10  "
If you are doing Walk 1264 on 31st October, then Hugh says that it is rather more Moderate than Easy.  Also, contact Fran on 01684 491698 to book on rather than Hugh".

This walk is a circular walk of Churchdown Hill, also known as Chosen Hill.
With his usual skill Hugh found us a car park that was free! The group of 8 arrived in good time, discussion on layers of clothes was intense and layers were shed before a step was taken. It was a beautiful autumn morning, despite a number of us having scraped the ice off the car.
We set off across a playground, over a road and began our ascent. Soon, we had spectacular views over Cheltenham. We passed ‘Chosen Hill House', went over a stile and into farmland. There were quite a few stiles, but the group were over them like gazelles, albeit a bit ageing.
Tea/coffee was enjoyed with great views of Gloucester and the writer took a fair amount of ‘stick’ about the pronunciation of ‘ Hucclecote’, still hasn’t got an ‘a’ in it Mary! We then passed what looked like an eco-house, with a large garden and fabulous views, Mary and John spotted a ‘Golden Egg’, well a golden, egg shaped storage facility of some sort, sitting on a ‘nest’ of twigs. John took a number of photos, to prove we did drink tea…..
We greeted a large group of Churchdown walkers travelling in the opposite direction, as we began the downward journey. This was a bit slippy and steep, but thanks to the gentlemen in the group the ladies survived. All too quickly we were on the road again, heading towards the car park and for six of us a pleasant lunch at the Old Elm pub. All agreed it was a great walk, Thank you Hugh!  ( Yes indeed! and thanks too for the photos that you found time to take and thanks also go to Fran for her splendid report - SF)

Coffee   (Hugh)

or tea   (Hugh)

The way down    (Hugh)


Walk  1265

Date  Thursday 1st November     7.5miles        Mod/Ener        Pub lunch
Meet        Witcombe Roman Villa car park  GL3 4TW  892146     9.30 for 9.45 start
Contact    Terry & Margaret           01684 772278                the week before
Directions    M5 to J11A,  A417, A46 L at Toby Carvery then take 1st turning R on narrow lane to car park about 1/4 m.
Details    Several steep parts, a few stiles, some fields, a bit of  lane walking and a majority of woodland tracks on the Cotswold Way, .
There are good views also options to shorten the walk if required. 

Margaret promised all 18 of us a TREEmendous walk! It certainly was! Our spirits were not at all dampened by a bit of drizzle as it dried up fairly soon. Before we set off, we stopped to look at the remains of the Roman Villa - not much left to admire now, but the picture of it looked marvellous.
Our route took us through gorgeous beech woods up to Birdlip, following the Cotswold Way, stopping to rest and admire the lovely views en route .We even spied a brave little scabious still flowering even on November 1st.  Soon after found us trekking across our first muddy field of the season. Terry choreographed a new dance in celebration - wiggle, shuffle, get- the- mud- off - your - boots dance ...very fetching!  Crossing between two reservoirs we saw a lone lady angler stood patiently .. .hoping for a catch.
Altogether a wonderful walk, Margaret and Terry, thank you. Perhaps we can do it again  .. .a good summer walk in the lovely shady woods.  (Thanks to Anne T for the report and to our trio of photographhers:  Bob W, Calvyn and Terry  - SF)

Autumn leaves    (Calvyn)

Woodland snack     (Bob W)

Cotswold scarp    (Bob W)

Coming down to Whitcombe reservoirs     (Terry)

 **** Wednesday 7th November****

“Desperately Seeking Santiago“
An Illustrated talk with recollections and anecdotes of their 500 mile  Pilgrimage  across Northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela.
Given by Ian and Kathy.

                          £4.00 to include Tapas, Wine and the 50p U3A donation
                Any profits go to Air Ambulance                         

                       Apperley Village Hall     10.30
 Phone Ian or Kathy on 01684 290542 the week before to book.


Walk  1266

Date Thursday 8th November      5.5 miles Energetic     Pub lunch
Meet        The Yew Tree, Conderton GL20 7PP    Grid  965371     9.45 start
Contact    Mary and Pamela     01684 850433    the week before. Food orders by 3rd
Directions    Bredon – Kemerton – Conderton
Details    A walk from the village, following the contour of Bredon Hill to above Ashton under Hill then fairly long pull up the hill and eventually down through Overbury Park and  Conderton orchard.  Three stiles.
    n.b.    No loos at start.  Park along road by pub or on main road.  Back by 1.00 p.m.  Pre-book food please from www.yewtreeconderton.co.uk and give order when booking on walk. 

24 stalwart walkers started from Conderton in heavy rain, but fortunately it cleared in time to see great Autumn colours stretching across to the Cotswolds.
On the early part of the walk Pamela introduced us to a new crop, Phacelia, grown as green manure,that attracts bees and other insects. Another instance of care for the natural environment on the Overbury land could be seen on the field edges that were tilled to encourage wild flowers to grow.
At the second coffee break Andrea found an unusual piece of wildlife in an opened beech nut,that of 4 ladybirds hibernating!
Towards the end of the walk we passed through Conderton’s Community orchard set up in 2012 to improve the existing apple,pear and plum trees.
A great walk even in blustery conditions and a welcome pub at the finish.  (Many thanks to our leaders, Sonia for her report and the photographers; Graham and Bob - SF)

I think it has stopped!    (Graham)

Is this the way down?    (Bob)

Chatting over the garden wall?   (Graham)

Age old temptation ?     (Gtaham)

Walk  1267

Date   Wednesday 14th November   5.75 miles  Moderate  Energetic Own arra’nts for lunch.
Meet:         St Michael & All Angels Church, Snowshill Rd,    Broadway WR12 7AE.
                      Grid 095374         9.45 for 10.00  
Contact    Graham & Betty 01684594331  week before
Details    Undulating circular walk follows Cotswold Way to Broadway Tower via     
Coneygree Lane (once main rd to London)Good views to the Malverns before descending to Broadway for lunch where there are a variety of places to eat & sup.
Why not visit the Ashmolean Museum ( an offshoot of Oxford’s own) after lunch?ygree Lane (once main rd to London)Good views to the Malverns before descending to Broadway for lunch where there are a variety of places to eat & sup.
Why not visit the Ashmolean Museum ( an offshoot of Oxford’s own) after lunch?

A really super walk led by Betty and Graham – 24 of us set off eagerly (and in sunshine!) from the parish church of St. Michael & All Angels and joined the Cotswold Way which led us gently uphill.  Endless golden pastoral views and on a coffee break we savoured ‘the sweet especial rural scene’ of St Eadburgha's church (the original parish church of Broadway) nestled in the valley.  On to Broadway Tower, stopping at the memorial to the bomber crew who came down in 1943.   Mike B. then reminded us of the history of the tower built in 1798 by the then Earl of  Coventry whose family home at Croome could be seen from it (a signal could be seen by staff at Croome to alert them of the family’s imminent return from London – and to get the kettle on!).  Finally down through rolling fields, the hawthorn laden with bright berries, past a little orchard with grazing flock (with tup) and back into the town.

Many thanks to Betty and Graham. (Report by Pamela photos by Graham)

The destination      (Graham)

Lovely late autumn colours

Made it!  

Mind the moles!

Walk  1268

Date  Thursday 15th November   4.5 miles Easy/Moderate   Pub lunch
Meet        Farmers Arms, Guiting Power  Grid 095247         9.30 for 10.00
Contact    Anne    01684 294859  the week before
Directions    B4077 and turn right just before Ford.  Follow signs for Guiting Power.
Details    Mostly tracks and paved surfaces.  Gentle slopes.

On a lovely Autumnal day 13 brave souls joined "I'm in Charge" Anne in the car park of The Farmers Arms in Guiting Power.
Food booked and paid for, register taken and orders issued, "Yes Anne", it was time to follow our leader .......... down the wrong lane. So much for our map reading course!  Once on the right path we enjoyed a most pleasant walk along lanes and  tracks, over streams and through woodlands.quirky signs, a stone frog that looked like a large stone, and gave us a description of the origins of Power, Guiting and the influence of the Knights Templar's in the area. In the village of Temple Guiting once stood a Preceptory. It  was a medieval monastic house of the Knights Templar in Gloucestershire, England. It was founded around the middle of the twelfth century but closed in 1308-1309.
Did you know the red, cast iron telephone boxes were made in Scotland, in Stirlingshire?
The coffee stop was supplemented with lovely views, and Anne's jolly, Jelly Babies.
A punctual arrival back at the pub enabled us to relax with good food,company and ale
Thanks for a lovely, informative walk Anne.(Thanks also to Ian for the report and to Stuart for the photos - SF)

Anne's in charge!!    (Stuart)

Well on the way

Made in Scotland . . . !

This way . . . ?

Walk  1269

Date   Thursday 22nd November      4.2 miles  Moderate    Pub lunch
Meet        The Shutter Inn, Gotherington  GL52 9EZ  Grid  958297   9.30 for 10.00
Contact    Andrea and Bob.       01684 294676    the week before.
Directions    Cheltenham road from Teddington r’bout. Turn left  to Gotherington  after about 2 miles. The pub is on your right after about 500 yards.
Details    Through Woolstone to Overton and back, via rough pasture, woodland and lanes. We may well meet cattle, horses and sheep. Great views at the top in all directions. Two interesting churches.


Walk  1270

Date   Wednesday 28th November    Moderate/Energetic     Pub lunch   6.2 miles
Meet        The Red Lion, Ilmington, CV36 4LX     Grid:  4212244     9.15 for 9.45 start
Contact    Tony & Jennifer         01684 276960 by the previous Sunday
Directions    A46 to Evesham, turn R onto Evesham by-pass then R onto A44 signed Oxford. At first roundabout turn L signed Willersley leading to B4632 through Weston Sub Edge to Mickleton. At mini roundabout as you are leaving village turn right signed Ilmington. When you enter Ilmington, at ‘T’ junction, turn R into Front Street. Second pub on the right side.
Details    Leave the pretty village on steady climb to top of escarpment with good views, then follow track along the ridge to Hidcote, returning via Monarchs Way and Centenary Way to Ilmington. Can be muddy in places with 2 stiles.


Walk  1271

Date  Thursday 29th November      4.7 miles    Easy         Pub lunch
Meet        Hanley Bowling Green Inn WR9 0AR  Grid 863621.  9.30 food, 10.00 start
Contact    Mike and Jenny     01684 772194     week before
Directions    J6 M5 - A4538 Pershore Lane - Right on to A38.   Left at Copcut (1 mile) Keep Left to  Ladywood. Turn Right,  Cross canal, keep Rt.    Pub ¾ mile on Right after you cross the river.
Details    Across fields to Salwarpe Church.  Along Droitwich Canal towpath, and back through fields and quiet lanes.  Might be muddy in places.


Thanks to all walk leaders for your hard work. 


Nearly 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 of the photos, Stan would be happy to supply a copy of the original file - just quote the walk number and the photo title.


The Walking Group has a mobile phone to be used before and during walks for emergency contact — see paper programme for number.

We 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.

If 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:

Stroll: A short walk at an easy pace with frequent stops.

Easy: Undemanding and mainly level with occasional gentle ascents or descents. There may be a few stiles.

Moderate: Some uphill/downhill stretches - unlevel walking - several stiles.

Energetic: Some longer steep hills and rough ground - may be many stiles.

Please 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.


Walk Talk  

The 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 having to fold and unfold vast sheets of paper in the wind and rain - bliss! (Stop Press!  There is now an "App" for smart phones that does all kinds of amazing stuff!)  A real bargain - for a free trial go to -  http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmaps/




a) 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.

b) Dress sensibly. Make sure that you have suitable clothing and footwear for the weather expected. A walking pole or stick can be of great help.

c) Remember to carry any medications that you might need. Carry food, and water, especially on hot days.

d) Follow instructions given by the leader. Keep those in front and those behind you, in sight all the time.

e) Keep to the route indicated by the leader: do not devise shorts cuts, etc.

f) Walk in single file on roads and heed any advice about crossing roads given by the leader.


g) Classify your walk as STROLL/EASY/MODERATE/ENERGETIC. Mention any steep climbs and stiles.

h) Limit your walk to a maximum numbers that you think you can safely manage, given the nature of your walk.

i) Have a co-leader to act as back-marker: count the party at the start and at suitable points during the walk

j) Carry a first aid kit or ensure that someone else in the group has one.

k) 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 energetic members.

l) Carry a map, the group mobile phone and GPS receiver to make emergency calls and give exact locations.


To download a copy of the Leader's Walk Plan Form (In Adobe Acrobat Format ie PDF) — Click on the following link FORM



To go to further advice for leaders  -  Click on the following link Advice


To go to The Tewkesbury U3A main site click here; Tewkesbury U3A





Sylvia (Group Leader) 01684 437462

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Tony, (Administrator) 01684 276960  

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Richard, (walks coordinator) 01684 274197

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