THE WALKING GROUP - 2016
The Walking Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

19th January

For our January walk it was decided to stay local and avoid cross country as it would be quite muddy. Four members and a dog set out on a day which turned out to be the coldest, frostiest day of the year so far, which resulted in very slippy road surfaces. We walked from the village hall and up Wynniatts way with wonderful views across Abberley. The walk ended with a very welcome lunch at the Manor Arms, where non-walkers joined us too.

 
 
 
 
 
 


16th February

A beautifully sunny, frosty day brought out six well wrapped up ladies.  Sarah guided us past the old quarry at Shelsley Beauchamp along Cockshot, Rodge and Pudford Hills, following part of The Worcestershire Way. We then turned back to take a path along the edge of the glorious Teme Valley to enjoy views from The Malverns to The Clee Hills with Clifton, Ham Bridge, Shelsley Walsh and Stanford Bridge in between. At The Admiral Rodney we were joined by two more members for hot drinks and a tasty lunch.
 

 
 
 
 
 
  
  

March 15th

This was a four mile circular walk around Far Forest, Bell Coppice and Ranters Bank. The route passed The Adventure Centre, housed in the old village school, and the old railway station which is now a private house. Two members joined the walkers for lunch at The Plough Inn afterwards.
 
 
 
 
 
 


April 19th

Once again Sarah selected a great walk for us, this time The Martley Circular walk, a six and a half mile ramble beginning and ending at the lovely St Peter's Church. Following the 'Buzzard' waymarks we walked through traditional orchards, ancient woodlands and pastures and climbed Rodge Hill to join a section of the Worcestershire Way and take in views of the Teme Valley. We dropped down to follow the river for a while and paused to enjoy the sunshine and sparkling waters. Encouraging signs of Spring were everywhere, lambs, wood anemones, celandines, a few young leaves beginning to appear on the hawthorns and silver birches and in the woods were emerging bluebells and patches of early purple orchids. Once again we enjoyed a lovely lunch at The Admiral Rodney where we were joined by two more members.


 



 



 



 

 

 



May 17th

Six members and one well behaved dog enjoyed a walk south along the River Severn, from Bewdley down to Ribbesford Church.  They admired the West Window, created by William Morris from a design by Edward Burne-Jones. One of our members filled us in on the family of Burne-Jones, (coincidently the subject of a recent book club choice). This was an interesting and varied walk including woodland, meadows and riverbanks. Lunch afterwards was at The Mug House in Bewdley.
 

 

 

 






June 21st
Or The Further Adventures Of Buddy

Buddy and Wendy led a walk of about 5 miles in a loop around Pensax and Abberley. The weather was dry, and not very sunny, but we had lovely views of the rolling hills, farmland and Clock Tower. Because of the time of year the going was hard work through all the long vegetation, added to which there were an awful lot of stiles. Buddy soon got used to our little ceremony of (wo)manhandling him over each one, waiting patiently each time with his tail still wagging. After a final slog uphill to The Bell we joined up with one husband and one non-walker for robust portions of sausage sandwich.
 
 
 
 
 
 


July 19th

On a beautiful hot Summer's day four ladies and Buddy enjoyed a partly shady circular walk from the 'The Eagle and Sun' at Hanbury Wharf. We walked along the Worcester Birmingham canal to Droitwich and through the Gaudet Luce golf course, here Buddy had a lovely swim in the pond, which he possibly began to regret as it took a lot of coaxing and pulling to get him out due to the sloping, slippery sides! We carried on into Droitwich and through the Lido Park, past the families queuing to get into the open air pool. We then crossed into Vines Park and followed the newly navigable Droitwich Canal, past Droitwich Marina and back to the pub for a very welcome long, cold drink and lunch.
 
 
 
 
 
 

August 16th

Sheena led a select threesome for a gentle 5 mile stroll on a warm day alongside the River Severn and the canal towpath in Worcester. The waterways, including the regenerated Diglis Basin all sparkled in the Summer sun. Sarah's knowledge of wildflowers and trees added to the pleasure of the walk. It was fascinating to notice the modern changes and regeneration along the canal, comparing them with the ornate brickwork of the older buildings which are sadly falling into disrepair. Lunch was  enjoyed under an umbrella in the garden of the Diglis Hotel, enjoying the river views and with a feeling of being abroad rather than in an English city. 


November 15th

Starting in the lovely village of Clifton on Teme, Sheena had planned a varied and pretty 5 mile circular walk. We crossed farmland and streams and ventured through woods, there was even some Autumn colour left on the oaks and larches. At the halfway point we paused to visit Old St Bartholomew's Church at Lower Sapey. This 900 year old church had been neglected for over 100 years after the building of a new church, but in 1994 came under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust so it is now kept safe and open for any visitors who might seek out its tranquillity. Lunch after the walk was at the newly re-opened Baiting House at Upper Sapey.