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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 !
The proposed walk is under water at the moment and even if the floods go down, the walking will be very soggy, so we will postpone it until the next programme. The substitute walk is below. It is still an Easy walk.
Walk 1341 Wednesday 6th November Easy 3,4 or 5 miles own arrangemnents
Meet Pittville Pump Room car park Cheltenham 9.45 for 10.00
Contact Richard & Eileen 01684 274197 the week before
Directions A435 Bishops Cleeve to Chelt. Left at racecourse and follow signs to Pump Rooms.
Through Pittville Park and along
the old Honeybourne line track to Chelt railway station. You can catch the D bus from here back
to Pittville if you want to.
Then through Regency Cheltenham to the town centre for the D bus. If you are feeling fit, you can walk
back to Pittville. No hills or
Barry Walks. Barry runs a small walking group (not part of the U3A) where the walks are 3-4 miles long and are easy+. On 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, he invites people to join him if there is no suitable EASY walk of our own on that day. There would be non-U3A members on the walk and you would not be covered by U3A insurance. There may also be dogs present. As details are decided near the time, please phone Barry on 07751170833 if you are interested.
Walk 1348 Wednesday 4th December 5 miles Energetic Pub lunch
Meet Star Inn Ashton under Hill WR11 7SN Grid 997377 9.30 for 9.45
Contact Noel 01684 772526 the week before
Directions A46 towards Evesham and take left turn signed Ashton. Park in front and at rear of pub.
Details Long climb up east side of Bredon Hill; going occasionally uneven/soft - walking sticks advisable. A walk of two vales: Evesham to N and E and the Severn to the S
Please book for walk AND LUNCH . Details to Noel when you book on. http://www.thestar-ashtonunderhill.co.uk/lunchtime-menu.php
(Cheaper in a pair with some dishes) by Saturday before. Pub can take 50 for lunch, so anyone wanting to book for lunch ONLY will be welcome!
We set off up Cotton Lane and wove our way around to the north side of the hill, by which time the sun had broken through, although the valleys were still hazy. None the less we had a good view out to Evesham and Pershore in the north.
After a coffee we tackled the final muddy climb to the crest of the hill to find ourselves enjoying the wide expanse of the Severn Vale. It was then a brisk walk in the sunshine with broad vista both south and east.
Finally, the steady descent through a field of sheep, heavily in lamb a hope of Spring, to the churchyard of St Barbara and a welcome drink and meal back at The Star.
Thanks to Noel for showing us the 'other face' of Bredon Hill and managing the weather.
The photos are from Graham and the report by Tony (B) Webset by "Stub".
Well, I've finished before I start!
Best feet forward - at a brisk pace.
No time for cofee - I have to plan my website report! Are you listening, Tony?
What a beautiful day - and view!
There's [St.] Barbara - follow that "Star"
Thursday 5th December
Don't we scrub up well? (All photos by Graham)
Thanks for all the years of work on our behalf
Welcome to our new dynamic duo!
Walk 1349 Wednesday 11th December 5 miles Moderate Pub lunch
Meet The Crown, Kemerton.GL20 7HP Grid 946372. 9.30 to order food
Contact Sally and Margaret 01684 274440 the week before.
Directions Left turn off A46 or through Bredon. Park in side road.
Details We share cars to drive a mile to Overbury, turning left in village to park in road near the church. Then 10.00 start. We walk a steady, gentle climb up Bredon Hill and return via Overbury estate road.
waiting for the landlord of The Crown to be woken up we ordered our
lunches and drove to Overbury. 17 of us started in pleasant December
sun along Pigeon Lane turning up the lane to skirt Conderton Hill and
the steady climb to Shalden Farm, reaching the south side of Long
Plantation for coffee. During coffee the wind got up and rainclouds
threatened, so waterproof were out and hoods up. Facing a strong cold
wind we walked alongside the plantation on a muddy track and turned on
to the hill reaching Lalu Farm.
Fortunately the rain had others in mind and we enjoyed the gentle walk on the road down through Overbury Park, and safely back to the Crown before the heavy showers arrived.
Thank you Margaret and Sally for an enjoyable walk, new in parts to some of us. (Many thanks to Tony B for the report and to Graham for the photos - SF)
Happy bunch (All photos by Graham)
Walk 1350 Thursday 12th December 5m Easy/Moderate Pub Lunch
Meet Swan Inn Staunton GL19 3QA Grid 793297 930 for 10.00
Contact Margaret & Terry 01684 772278 week before
Directions From B4211 Corse Lawn take B4213 to Staunton pub at Roundabout.
Please car share if possible
Details The walk on the Whitmore way has one short steep incline to Corse Wood Hill. The remainder is easy on fields tracks and quiet lanes. A few stiles.
of us arrived almost all at once at the pub car park. Given the
forecast not exactly raring to go. Margaret organised a secret vote to
determine who should write the report. I won, though it doesn’t feel
like a win.
So off we set, to the sound of locals “You must be mad” Well we are, but we’re also active and up for a laugh.
The walk was one part of the Whitmore way, and some of the route follows the Three Choirs Walk trail too. Basically it was mud, squelch, mud and lots and lots of stiles and one 9 bar gate. Though one of our members, having seen the great escape too many times over Christmas, threw herself at two layers of barbed wire fencing rather than face the gate. We got easily up onto the ridge on Corse Wood Hill. (Much easier that the slipping and sliding and hauling oneself up using a fence the last time Margaret took us up this hill)
Here we tried to shelter from the rain and have our coffee break. We were lucky in that there was a view to reward us.
We then walked along the ridge and circled back to the pub. For this section the pace picked up by the ladies as I’d collected myself some mistletoe. This also had the reverse effect in that I had to fight off attention from Steve and Ian. (Told you you shouldn’t have voted for me, actions have consequences be careful who you vote for)
Back then for a very decent lunch, attractively served ;-) at the Swan.
Wet and muddy we may have been but lots of laughs and a good walk as always led my our lovely Margaret. (Thanks to Calvyn for his entertaining report and to Terry and Shirley for their photos - SF)
Scraping off mud (Terry)
Plodding on (Terry)
Calvyn - irresistable? (Shirley)
Just rewards (Terry)
The Annual “Pudding Buster” on Friday 27th December (1352) will have an After Walk Lunch at the Duke of York, Berrow. To help with catering could walkers please make contact with Betty & Graham (01684594331) by Monday 16th December with their Email details `( leaving a message if necessary) and a Menu will be then be sent to everyone for their choices return asap.
Walk 1351 Thursday 19th December 5.5 miles Easy. Cafe Lunch
Meet Wyre Forest of Discovery car park DY14 9XQ at 9:45 for 10:00 start. NB it is £5 to park for more than 5 hours but the cafe on site Is very cheap! And there is no need to pre- book. Loos available.
Contact Andrea and Bob 01684 294676 the week before.
Directions J 6 on M5, A449, A4025 to Stourport and Worcester, A451 and turn Left on to B4195, then at roundabout 2nd exit to Long bank A456. The Forestry Site is on the right.
Details This is an easy walk through the forestry commission land on mostly well defined paths, although we do share some of these with horses and bikes so they may well be muddy.
"We [19 walkers] all went down to the woods today
We drove deep into Worcestershire under skies that were bright - then grey."
In an attempt to escape the rising waters of the River Severn we headed north to the Wyre Forest and follow winter, woodland trails. On arrival we were greeted with the pleasant Christmas bonus as parking was £1 less than anticipated.
Our trek took on a political theme as we were instructed to follow the Blue Markers, and sure enough it was downhill all the way from the start. As we reached rock bottom it was time for reflection on the journey so far, over coffee, only to discover the chosen site had suffered from a dose of austerity: 1 bench for 19 walkers.
The return journey took a change in the political landscape as we now followed the Red Markers. Soon we started to dither and suffer bouts of uncertainty. Do we follow the obvious course or wander off into uncharted territories? Divisions within the ranks started to emerge and the leadership came under a gentle challenge to his authority. Eventually all regrouped and our detour returned us to the well-trodden track. The uphill tested the stamina but soon the end was in site and, like the election, we were back where we started. [Historical Point of Order: that is definitely not correct!]
It was time to sit back, reflect on our efforts, and 'Get Breakfast Done!' or was it Lunch?
Many thanks to Bob and Andrea for organising such a great venue for the time of year and an excellent cafe. Sadly a couple of walkers had to drop out at the last minute because of illness and so worth remembering that when planning your walk at this time of year.
It all looks very colourful - certainly not grey! [Shirley]
Are the Red Factions looking a little Querulous? The Blues seem deep in thought. [Terry]
Will the day be swung my the "Undecided"? [Shirley]
Cheerup - lunch is all "downhill"! [Terry]
Meet Duke of York, Berrow,. WR13 6JQ, grid 782355. 9.30 for 10.00
Contact Graham & Betty 01684594331 the week before
Directions From Tewkesbury take the A438 Ledbury Rd , the DofY is on the left.
Details We drive to Hollybush
CP for our walk start at approx 10.15 for a familiar trek via the side of
Ragged Stone & Chase End Hills and across Bromsberrow Estate for coffee-to
return through the woods to the CP.
Many will remember that Anne Trott loved this walk and so we are dedicating our ‘Pudding Buster” this year to her memory.
The Duke of York is now under new management and is being completely refurbished.
Walkers are invited to bring with them any Christmas left overs (apart from Turkey etc) or other contributions towards our Annual Raffle .
The walk, one well known to the group and, in particular, one well loved by Anne, took us south, over Ragged Stone Hill towards Whiteleaved Oak. We stopped for tales of paganism and Druid offerings that are laid on and around the ancient oak that struggles for life on a remote outcrop. The temptation to dance naked around the trunk never entered our minds and we made our way towards the tiny, forgotten hamlet of Whiteleaved Oak. Here the noticeboard raised a smile as it informed that periods in the stocks were promised for, amongst others, 'passers by gawping into the cottages of the inhabitants' and, 'Chelsea Fans'.
Coffee was taken on the trunks of slain oaks at the southern end of Chase End Hill on the Bromsberrow Estate. The entrance to the estate promised the opportunity to 'Meet and Greet' Long Horned White Cattle. Fortunately they were either sheltering indoors or hiding in the gloom.
The return trek, through the woods left some puzzled by the recent activities of the forestry workers as to why they had removed certain trees but not others............... answers to Jim Mitchel! It may cure his impending insomnia.
The ladies took advantage of the woodland covering for their weekly ritual of revealing cheeks to the undergrowth. On their return a guard of honour, made up of walking poles, greeted them.
The walk completed and it was time for a celebratory and reflective lunch at The Duke of York pub. Walkers were joined by Iain Murdoch and Anne's husband Michael. He had kindly brought along Anne's collection of silly Christmas hats, a tradition of the Pudding Buster lunch. No hat was sillier than that chosen by Calvyn who, for his own safety and to reassure the locals, had to be escorted whenever he left his seat.
The meal concluded with a couple of amusing monologues, recited in his rich Scottish brogue, by Iain. This was followed by some questionable musical entertainment from Kathy and Ian Barber.................. Kathy was the musical and Ian was the questionable!
To end the proceeding Andrea gave us lovely memories of Anne, her love of gardening and Bach, her caring nature, and a personality that made you pleased to be in her company. Yes, Anne was one of those people who gave. She is missed and will live long in our memories. In the days and years to come, whenever you think of Anne, I guarantee you will have a smile on your face.
Finally, a big thank you to Betty and Graham for the wonderful organisation of this special occasion and for the raffle that raised £83 for the Sue Ryder charity. (Many thanks to Ian for his wonderful reprt, and also to Graham for his usual superb photos _ SF)
All present and correct (All photos by Graham)
January 2020 (Happy Hew Year to all our readers! SF & Stub)
Walk 1353 Wednesday 8th January 5 miles Easy/Moderate Pub Lunch
Meet The King's Head, Birdwood, Huntley, GL19 3EF Grid 737188 9.30 to order food at 9.45
Contact Hugh 01452 780460 or Fran on 01684 491698 the week before
Directions To Gloucester, then A40 west, direction Ross on Wye, for 5 miles, pub is on the left (south) side of the A40
Details We walk part of the Gloucestershire Way, to Huntley Church and return via Solomon's Tump. Footpaths, minor roads and tracks, some stiles. Mainly flat with some gentle slopes, could be muddy in places.
On a warm, balmy, sunny …… winters?? day, 18 walkers, eager to continue their New Year fitness resolutions, gathered in the car park of The King’s Head at Birdwood, near Huntley. After suggesting that coffee would be taken at Huntley Church, a mere one and a half miles away, we set off in the opposite direction. Leaving the busy A40 behind us, we walked on to a section of the Gloucestershire Way and were rewarded with panoramic views towards the Severn Valley and the ill-defined misty outlines of the distant Cotswold Hills. The footpaths lead us past silent, leafless woods, but closer observation revealed buds forming early in the unseasonably warm weather. Fields were saturated underfoot, water literally oozing out of each footprint, but the many sheep we encountered seemed to take it all in their stride. Ascending the foothills of May Hill, we halted for coffee at Huntley Church. The adjacent primary school decided that the influx of strangers in the churchyard, was a cause for celebration and sent all forty-odd pupils out to play. Walkers, unlike a certain member of the Royal Family, were perspiring in the heat and disrobing was the order of the day. Exiting through the rear of the churchyard, past some magnificent pine trees, we headed for Solomon’s Trump, passing the ‘stony-faced ‘character guarding the entrance to a garden centre. Whilst the rest of the group turned right to traverse the lower slopes of the tump, one member was so determined to see the views from the summit that it took half the group and a local with a dog, to persuade him to turn back onto the right track. After skirting the edge of Huntley Village, the final stage of the walk provided an opportunity to strengthen those flabby leg muscles as we walked across fields layered in thick mud. Well, the pre-walk description carried a warning, “could be muddy in places”. Lunch (£8 for two courses!) was very welcome and provided a fitting end to a well-organised, ‘stylish’ walk for which, many thanks go to Fran and Hugh. (Our thanks also go to Steve for his usual entertaining report, and to Terry and Shirley for their photos - SF)
Wait your turn (Photo by Terry)
Walk 1354 Thursday 9th January 6 miles Energetic Pub lunch
Meet Kemerton GL20 7HP Grid 946 371 9.00 for 9.15
Contact Mike & Jenny 01684 772194 week before
Directions B4080 Tewkesbury to Bredon. Carry on through Bredon to Kemerton . Park in side road just after The Crown.
Details Meet at 9am on the corner. We walk over Bredon Hill to the Tower for coffee then to the Star at Ashton for lunch 12.30pm . Mainly on good paths and tracks. 2 or 3 stiles. After lunch return by Bus to Kemerton. Astons Coaches run bus 540 (Evesham to Tewkesbury) 2.04pm and 3.04pm from Ashton (20 mins)
or the more energetic can do walk 2 back to Kemerton.
Walk 2 4 miles Moderate After lunch at The Star we walk back through the villages. Not much ascent but more stiles and more mud. We aim to be back in Kemerton by 4pm. Total walk 10 miles
There is the option for people to only do the afternoon walk. Park at Kemerton as above and catch the 540 bus to Ashton to join us for lunch. Bus at Kemerton 12noon opposite The Crown arrives Ashton 12.19pm.
Meet Hunters Inn Buckbury GL20 6AR Grid 846338 9.45 for 10.00
Contact Terry & Margaret 01684 772278 the week before
Directions From Mythe on A438 R on B4211 pub on L please park at far end
Details A mixture of lanes and fields through the Rampings and Forthampton
Fairly flattish terrain, some stiles.
Please note: We require the food order to us by Saturday 11th Jan.
Meet Park on the road by Wormington Church. Grid 039364. 9.30 start
Contact Ian or Kathy 01684 290542, the week before
Directions From Tewkesbury take the A46, at Toddington roundabout take the B4077 for nearly 4 miles, then left onto the B4078. After 2.5 miles right to Wormington.
Details Good paths and tracks. Some lane/road. Across farmland and through quiet villages. 1 longish steep hill (Ascent 130m). 3 stiles.
Walk 1357 Thursday 23rd January 9 miles
Energetic Pub lunch
Walk 1357 Thursday 23rd January 9 miles
Energetic Pub lunch
Meet Stanton Village Club WR12 7NE Grid 068 344 9.45 for 10.00 start
Contact Betty & Graham 01684 594331 the week before
Directions Tewks.-Stow Rd, TL Toddington roundabout, TR to Stanton in approx 2 miles,TL to Stanton Village Club
Details Undulating walk
through 3 beautiful Cotswold villages, Stanton, Snowshill, & Stanway, with
lunch-time stop at Snowshill Arms Pub for a light lunch! In case of
inclement weather, the walk will be shortened if necessary,
After continuing to climb we stopped to catch our breath, whilst enviously watching a pair of horse riders. We eventually reached the top of Shenberrow Hill and were able to appreciate the mist covered view. The coffee break was very welcome and Graham used the opportunity to take a photograph of the Camino pilgrims! As we headed towards our lunch stop, to be taken at The Snowshill Arms, we met a walker dressed in shirt, tie, tweed jacket and carrying a copy of the Times under his arm. We were surprised to find him already seated in the pub when we arrived.
Lunch was efficiently served and, thanks to our blue overshoes, boots did not have to be removed (thank you Sylvia). We set of in good spirits for the remaining 5 miles. Mud was the main highlight of the afternoon as we headed to Stanway and there, after admiring the gate house, we split into two groups. Some took The Cotswold way and others the road, back to Stanton. Thank you to Betty and Graham for a very enjoyable walk.
PS. The road walkers were back first, and no, we don’t expect the men to wear a shirt and tie next week. [Thanks to Mary; photos by Graham. Website: “Stub”]
Cheerfully Preparing - but no mud yet!
Descending - to find the mud?
Resting by the mud - was this Betty's first campsite?
Walk 1358 Wednesday 29th January 4.5 miles easy Own arrangemenMeet Catch the 351 bus at 10.05 outside Boots in Tewkesbury to get off in Apperley. Your leaders will join the bus a couple of stops later.
Contact Richard & Eileen 01684 274197 the week before
Details We walk down to Deerhurst and then follow the river back to Lower Lode lane and then into Tewkesbury. The only hill is down. Lots of eating places to choose from.
Meet Winchcombe Library Car Park, (fee) Back Lane. GR 023284. Meet 9.30
Contact Ian & Kathy 01684 290542, the week before.
Directions Past Winchcombe school, straight over at X roads and turn left after library.
Details The Sacred Tombs of Belas Knapp Following the Cotswold Way for the first half of the walk, then fields and lanes. 8 stiles. Long steep hill at the start (Ascent 216m)
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.
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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.
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