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PROGRAMME No 147 SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER & NOVEMBER
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?
Monday 3rd September
The walking Group Annual Meeting
Ashchurch Village Hall
Reports – Election of Officers – Statistics
Tea and cakes – The previous year in pictures
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
1252 Cheltenham Challenge 4
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 .
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.
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 whichThe
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
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
Our aim is to walk along
the former railway embankment and to visit
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.
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
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
damp at the burial ground
wet in Graham's garden
Thursday 13th September 6 miles
Moderate Pub lunch
Courtyard of Dog and Partridge B49
5BB. Alcester. Grid 088
572. 9.30 for 9.45
Contact Mike & Jenny 01684 772194 the week before
A46 / A435 (Arrow) R at 1st Rbout into Evesham
St. (Alcester). 1st R Newport Drive,
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.)
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.
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)
Is this the jungle?
Wednesday 19th September 5.5 miles
Ken and June’s house,
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
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)
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
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.
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
One or two steepish bits.
1256 The Isbourne Way part 2
Wednesday 26th September 7.5
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.
After meeting we will take half of the cars to the starting point at
Toddington Church and walk back to Evesham.
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
Dumbelton Mill (Photo by Pamela)
A church along the way (Photo by Pamela)
All together with the Isborne behind (Photo by Pamela)
September 4 miles
Far Peak Climbing Centre GL54 3JL
Grid 113145 9.45 for 10.15am
Contact Steve 01684 295438 the week before.
Directions A40 to Northleach turn on to the A429 towards Cirencester. One mile south of
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.
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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)
Ready? (Photo by Graham)
Under Penyard Hill (Photo by Graham)
Swinging down the lane (Photo by Graham)
Cheltenham Challenge 5
6.5 miles Easy/Moderate Garden Centre lunch
Dundry Nurseries. GL51
898216. 0915 for
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.
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.
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)
Brambles! (Photo by Bob W)
Tuesday 9th October Broadway
Childswickam Rd car park (fee) WR12
7HA 10.30 start
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
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.
Looking at the church
Some lovely old buildings
In the playground
1260 The Malverns End to End
\Wednesday 10th October 11
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
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
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”.
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!
On the Worcestershire beacon
A long way ahead
Chase End - the last hill
Thursday 18th October 5 miles Moderate Café lunch
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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
Climbing up the escarpment (Bob W)
View from the top (Graham)
At Cromwell's Seat (Graham)
Coming down again (Shirley)
DatexWednesday 24th October 5
Nightingale, Worcester WR7 4QS Grid
909532 9.30 for 10.00 start
Contact Jennie & Isabel 01684 772216 week before
From Tewkesbury B4080 turn right at junction onto A4104
Pershore. At Pinvin junction turn left onto A44 and pub on
right just after Sneachill Village sign.
Flat walk along footpaths and tracks with good views
of Spetchley Hall as we pass through
the Estate. 5 or 6 easy stiles and railway
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
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)
6.5m Moderate/Energetic Pub lunch
Wyche Inn, WR14
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.
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.
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)
Wednesday 31st October 3.2
miles Easy Pub
car park(free), Church Road, Churchdown,
(behind Churchdown Club), GL3 2ER, Grid
886197 10.15 for
10.30Wednesday 31st October 3.2
miles Easy Pub
Contact Hugh 01452 780460 the week before
The Old Elm Inn is at the centre of Churchdown village. The
car park is up a small road opp beside Churchdown Club.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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)
or tea (Hugh)
The way down (Hugh)
Thursday 1st November
Mod/Ener Pub lunch
Witcombe Roman Villa car park GL3
4TW 892146 9.30 for 9.45 start
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.
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
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.
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“
Illustrated talk with recollections and anecdotes of their 500
mile Pilgrimage across Northern Spain to Santiago de
Given by Ian and Kathy.
£4.00 to include Tapas, Wine and the 50p U3A donation
Any profits go
Apperley Village Hall 10.30
Phone Ian or Kathy on 01684 290542 the week before to book.
Thursday 8th November 5.5 miles Energetic Pub lunch
The Yew Tree, Conderton GL20 7PP
Grid 965371 9.45 start
Mary and Pamela 01684 850433
the week before. Food orders by 3rd
Directions Bredon – Kemerton – Conderton
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.
stalwart walkers started from Conderton in heavy rain, but fortunately
it cleared in time to see great Autumn colours stretching across to the
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!
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.
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)
Wednesday 14th November 5.75 miles Moderate Energetic Own arra’nts for lunch.
St Michael & All Angels Church, Snowshill
Rd, Broadway WR12 7AE.
Grid 095374 9.45 for
Contact Graham & Betty 01684594331 week before
Details Undulating circular walk follows Cotswold Way to Broadway Tower via
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?
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 (Graham)
Made it! (Graham)
Mind the moles! (Graham)
Thursday 15th November 4.5 miles Easy/Moderate Pub lunch
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.
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
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 (Stuart)
Made in Scotland . . . ! (Stuart)
This way . . . ? (Stuart)
Thursday 22nd November 4.2 miles Moderate Pub lunch
The Shutter Inn, Gotherington GL52 9EZ
Grid 958297 9.30 for 10.00
Contact Andrea and Bob. 01684 294676 the week before.
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.
Wednesday 28th November Moderate/Energetic Pub lunch 6.2 miles
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.
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.
Thursday 29th November 4.7
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
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
Details Across fields to Salwarpe
Church. Along Droitwich Canal towpath, and back through fields
and quiet lanes. Might be muddy in places.
to all walk leaders for your hard work.
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Walks are graded to give some
idea of what to expect:
walk at an easy pace with frequent stops.
Undemanding and mainly level with occasional gentle ascents or
descents. There may be a few stiles.
uphill/downhill stretches - unlevel walking - several stiles.
Some longer steep hills and rough ground - may be many stiles.
book with the leader of the walk by the date given and arrive in good
time before the start to boot-up and order lunch etc. Be sure to cancel
with the leader if you are later unable to take part. Wear suitable
shoes/boots and clothing for the walk and do not over-estimate your
abilities. An attendance fee of 50p is charged for each walk attended.
Dogs are not allowed on walks.
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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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