The Walking Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. We usually meet in Abberley Village Hall carpark at 9.30 am in order to car share where possible.

17th January Little Hereford
Four energetic ladies set off from Abberley in thick fog to drive to Little Hereford. We did a great circular walk from the church where the snowdrops were starting to make a good show in the churchyard.

We walked by the riverside, through woodland, across fields, country lanes and back onto the riverside again. We did not have fog and we all enjoyed an excellent light lunch at the Temeside Inn.

21st February - Rock

On another rather dull day Sheena led three other ladies on a four mile mile walk from Rock Church. Just behind the church of St Peter and St Paul is a moated site, apparently the site of a deserted medieval village. The moat was shown filled with water on a 1940 OS map. Our route circled Rock and Heightington with lovely open views towards Abberley Hill and over the valley of Dick Brook. Lunch was delicious home made soup and giant sandwiches in The Bell Inn at Pensax.


21st March - The Shelsleys

Two groups set off from the church at Shelsley Beauchamp. Two members and a dog completed a shorter circuit in the Teme Valley between New Mill Bridge and Ham Bridge and waited for us with a coffee at The Den Cafe. Seven ladies tackled the path up the Shelsley Hill Climb track (stopping to admire the primrose banks while catching our breath). We reached Clifton on Teme and then followed a path back down to Ham Bridge, enjoying views to the Malverns, Bredon Hill and the Cotswolds, We ended by following the river for a couple of miles back to the cars. A generous sized lunch was most appreciated at The Bridge Inn. It was beautifully sunny all the way!

18th April - Eastham and High Wood

Starting from between the church and Court Farm at Eastham, three members enjoyed a walk through fields and then woodland. They crossed Pipers Brook above a waterfall to enter Death's Dingle and then climbed higher through fields to take in the glorious views in brilliant sunshine. The ladies then returned to the Manor Arms for lunch.

16th May - Cleobury Circular Walk

We parked at Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club and walked through part of the golf course towards Mawley Hall.  The weather was good and we saw some huge earthworks made by badgers. Continuing through woodland to a footbridge over the River Rea, we made our way through the main street of Cleobury and then back over the River Rea to climb uphill back to the Golf Club. Four of us took part in the walk and two more ladies joined us for lunch.

20th June - Croft Castle, Herefordshire

Six of us gathered at Croft Castle to meet Martin Bond who was to be our guide for the day. Martin led us on a four mile walk through Fish Pool Valley and up through woodland to the Croft Ambrey Iron Age Hillfort. On our journey he gave us lots of interesting historical information, we saw some very ancient trees, an old pumping station and the remains of a water mill. At the hillfort the views across Herefordshire were spectacular in the hazy mist of an EXTREMELY HOT day. Sun hats, sun cream and plenty of water were the order of the day. After our walk back down the hill welcome refreshments were taken sitting outside in the sunshine. A visit to the Castle interior was left for another day.


18th July - Hadzor Circular Walk

Nine members started the walk from the "Eagle and Sun" at Hanbury Wharf. This took us along the canal then through the village of Hadzor - luckily the light rain had stopped by this point. We walked through Gaudet Luce Golf Course, passing several areas of wildflowers. Following a stretch of town walking we entered the Lido Park which took us into Droitwich Town. We then joined the canal again via Vines Park for the last part of the walk which took us past Droitwich Marina. We had a short stop for a drink and to watch a narrow boat being manoeuvred through a lock - the occupants being on their first boating trip. A welcome lunch was enjoyed sitting outside back at The Eagle and Sun.

15th August - Hadley Circular Walk

Eight members joined this four mile circular walk from The Bowling Green Inn at Hadley. It was over gentle countryside with no steep climbs, beginning along the valley of the little River Salwarpe (the river of salt). We joined the Droitwich Canal at Salwarpe and followed it to Porter's Mill, then took the road back to The Bowling Green where we all enjoyed an excellent lunch.

19th September - Stourport to Lincomb Lock

This walk began at The Methodist Church with coffee and a teacake breakfast for one member. Five ladies enjoyed a four mile walk south along the River Severn, past The Marina and beyond Lincomb Lock towards Holt Fleet and back again. In glorious sunshine we watched Herefordshire apples being carried up a conveyor belt to make cider vinegar at the vinegar factory. There was masses of indian balsam in flower. The whole walk and canal basin looked very attractive and was rounded off with a lovely lunch in the courtyard garden of the Windlass Cafe.


10th October - Pershore Guided Walk

A group of 16 met in Pershore by the Abbey and were then taken on a guided tour of the Abbey and streets of Pershore by Deborah Overton. We heard many interesting facts about the history of the town and how its lands were divided up. It was a surprise to learn that a significant amount of the town and its surroundings were, and still are, owned by Westminster. The divide within the town also lead to a church being built in close proximity to the Abbey for those who were not allowed to worship at the Abbey. The town is known as a Georgian town because of its style of buildings, however we learned that many are facades built in that style, hiding the older buildings behind. We also saw a 'crinkle crackle' or 'serpentine' wall, this was a very long high brick wall that would have surrounded a large garden and the curved sections would have had fruit trees growing in them for protection. We all enjoyed a lovely lunch at Whistlers before making our way back home. Here are just a few photos taken on the day including what remains of the Abbey, the streets with their Georgian style, the curved wall and others.