Church Lench Walk - 14th November 2015

Although the weather forecast for the day of the walk had for all week been for heavy rain, the day started dry with just odd light showers. The forecast may have discouraged some potential walkers, as there were only six of us on the walk.

We met at the church in Church Lench, and set off north through the fields. There were a number of steep slopes to go down, and although rather muddy in places, there were no accidents. We passed a number of men with rifles; we found out there was a clay pigeon shooting event.

While crossing one field, a young horse (or pony?) galloped over to us, and tried to examine our bags. At one stage, the horse grabbed Steve Harper's bag, and there was a tug-of-war between them for the bag. With Phil's help, the horse let go of the bag, and instead took Steve's hat from his head. Again Phil got it back. There was a low fence next to us, so most of us quickly climbed over into the next field.

After the walk, we drove to The Nevill Arms for lunch. On the way, we passed several steam traction engines going in the opposite direction. We were joined by three other diners for an enjoyable meal.


Croome Walk - Saturday 10th October.

We met at the car park at Croome on an overcast, and slightly chilly, morning. Disappointingly, there were only seven of us.

There are a number of walks around the Croome area, and we chose a 6 mile walk. We set off across the fields, then over the M5 motorway, and after a steep climb, we reached
the Panorama Tower. There are wonderful views from the tower, which is only open a few times a year. The tower was built so that the Coventry family could watch the hunt.

We continued the walk, and after crossing a large ploughed field, went over the M5 again, and soon re-entered Croome. We walked along the far side of the lake, where there were
hundreds of geese, and crossed the Chinese Bridge. There were some very strange birds in the trees!

After the walk, we had lunch in the restaurant at Croome and were joined by two others.

Thanks to Steve Harper for leading the walk. 




Cutnall Green Walk.

On Saturday 26th September, thirteen walkers met up at Broad House Farm, Cutnall Green, for a 4 mile walk.

Once again, we had lovely weather for our walk, and as it had been dry during the week, the ground was not muddy. This was good, as we had to walk over a very large,
newly ploughed field, which was quite hard going. We saw many animals on the walk, including some rams with large horns, but they ran off as we approached.

We stopped to look at St Mary's Church, Elmbridge, along the way before having a rest and a drink. We passed some wonderful houses, and a fishery with a few anglers
trying their luck.

After the walk, we made the short drive to Lord Morton's Tea Rooms at Cutnall Green Post Office where we had a very nice lunch. We are often joined for lunch by
people who are unable to manage the actual walk, so why not join us for lunch and a chat?

Our thanks go to Janet Miller, and her daughter Sarah, for leading the walk. 





Walk - Saturday 15th August 2015 - Redditch.

We met at The Rose and Crown, in the Webheath district of Redditch, on a fine, sunny morning.

This time there were eleven walkers, and we were soon into open countryside, with wonderful views of distant hills. We walked past several beautiful houses, with the best being Norgrove Court, which dates from the 17th-century.

After the walk, we enjoyed a nice meal at The Rose and Crown, before going our seperate ways.

Our thanks go to Carol Christian, who led the walk. 





Walk - Saturday 25th July 2015 - Inkberrow.

We met up at The Bulls Head Inn at Inkberrow with ominous black clouds overhead. Luckily, we had no more than the odd shower during our walk.

We set off and passed by The Old Bull Inn, upon which The Bull in the Archers is based, and were soon in pleasant countryside. As there had been heavy rain the previous day, some of the footpaths were rather muddy. We walked over one field of corn, where we could not find the actual path, and had to walk through the crop. At the end of the field, the stile through the hedge was so overgrown that it was hard to find.

After the walk, we were joined by two other members of the Association for a nice lunch at The Bulls Head Inn.

Our thanks go to Rosemarie Davies for leading the walk. 







Walk - Saturday 27th June - Hanbury.

On a lovely, sunny day, we met up at Piper's Wood for a five mile walk around Hanbury. We started by walking through the woods, then along a lane until we reached the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. We followed the canal south, passing a number of locks, and seeing several narrow boats passing by. As we walked along the towpath, we were passed by a large number of cyclists doing a sponsored ride for the Acorns Charity. We also saw a mother duck with about a dozen ducklings which weren't very old. We also startled a Heron, which rose from the canal bank and flew off
We walked past Summerhill Farm, upon which Brookfield Farm in the Archer's is based, and were joined by a herd of young cattle in the next field. We then passed by Hanbury Hall and Hanbury Church before arriving back at our starting point.

We then drove to The Forest in Feckenham, where we had a very nice lunch, and were joined by four others. Our thanks to Frank Davies who led the walk.