Walking Group 2018

 


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.


January 16th - Astley

The first walk of the year took place on a cold but sunny morning. Led by Tracy and Arthur the dog we set off from Astley Burf on a 4-5 mile circuit. The scenery was varied, through farmland, hamlets and open spaces outside Stourport. An interesting highlight was a visit to clamber up to Redstone Caves on the edge of Stourport. We passed Larford Lakes and then followed the river back to our cars, before going on for a delicious lunch at Broomfields farm shop. 

 
 
 
 
 
 


February 20th  - Wyre Forest

Following days of wet weather it was decided to follow one of the marked trails in the Wyre Forest in order to avoid trudging through too much infamous Worcestershire mud. Leaving the icy cold wind of the Abberley car park at least we found relative shelter in the forest. Eight ladies and a dog set off from the Callow Hill Visitor Centre to walk the 4.7 mile bicycle route. Despite it being half-term we avoided too many crowds and did an attractive circuit through coniferous and deciduous woodland, for a while following the path of the disused railway line which runs alongside Dowles Brook. We stopped to admire the antics and pluck of quite small children enjoying the 'Go Ape' tree top circuit.  A good hot lunch was enjoyed at The Hop Pole in Bewdley.
 
 


March 20th - Newnham Bridge

The group set off from The Talbot at Newnham Bridge under cloudy conditions, however sunshine did happily appear later as the 4.5 mile walk progressed. The walk passed the entrance to a long disused tunnel on the Leominster to Mamble canal and also an old phone box which had been converted to a free library. Some time was spent here browsing the almost new books and dvds and it made a novel place to pose for photos. A sunny spot with a bench provided a warm resting place, despite still being surrounded by late snow. The final stop on this varied walk was a visit to the medieval church at Knighton with its 12th century stone cross and yew tree. The unusually tall doorway was built to (allegedly) allow knights on horseback to ride into the church to be blessed and then advance through the similarly tall north door on to battle! The pace slowed on the final uphill lap, but a leisurely well earned lunch carried on to 3pm.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


April 17th - Ombersley to Chatley

On a grey and rather chilly day eight ladies did a circular walk of almost 4 miles around Ombersley. The walk took us south of Ombersley, through fertile farming country to the old Saxon settlement of Chatley. Then downhill to the River Severn for almost a mile until we were level with Holt Castle, before an uphill climb brought us back past fishing ponds to the landscaped park of Ombersley Court. Despite the grey sky which did not enhance the blossom there were many signs of spring, blackthorn and cherry blossom, celandines and violets and lambs.  We all enjoyed a good lunch at The Crown and Sandys afterwards.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

May 16th - Woodbury Hill

Unfortunately an assortment of circumstances meant that only two members were able to turn up for the May walk.  However, they had a lovely walk up Woodbury Hill in glorious sunshine, observing the beautiful wildflowers. Lunch was enjoyed afterwards at The Manor Arms.

 
 


June 19th - Upton Warren Wetland Reserve

For this month's walk a group of members visited The Christopher Cadbury Wetland Reserve at Upton Warren. For a full report and photos see the Activities and Outings page.

July 17th - Shrawley Woods

On a sunny summer's day eight of us set off from The Lenchford to follow the Severn northwards. We passed Oliver's Mound, the site of Shrawley Castle which was built around the year 1100 in order to control the ford over the River Severn. It was owned for most of the subsequent centuries by the Beauchamps, but was eventually dismantled in favour of Holt Castle. It was then quarried for building stone and the remnants used as a gun emplacement by Royalists during the English Civil War. Leaving the riverside meadows we walked up into Shrawley Woods enjoying the dappled shade as we followed some meandering paths. Leaving the woods past the beautiful house and grounds of Shrawley Wood House we crossed the lane up to Shrawley Church. The walk then led us down through Shrawley vineyard, giving a continental feel under the lovely English sun, despite ominous storm clouds in the distance. We completed the circuit by returning to The Lenchford Inn where lunch was enjoyed on picnic tables overlooking the river.

August 22nd - The Malvern Hills

As husbands had also been allowed to join us on this walk a large group of twelve set off from The British Camp carpark heading south on The Three Choirs way down the side of The Herefordshire Beacon. It was dull but warm, although became quite hot and sunny by the time we returned. We skirted Hangman's Hill and Swinyard Hill then went through Gullet Wood to the obelisk in Eastnor Park - a 90ft memorial to the Somers-Cocks family. After a rest and drink enjoying the beautiful views towards The Marches we walked towards the flooded quarry at The Gullet then turned north along the edge of Berrow Downs and Castlemorton Common with views towards The Cotswolds. There was some welcome shade in the woods before the final steep climb up beside the reservoir and then a short stretch took us back to a  very good lunch at The Malvern Hills Hotel.