Astwood Bank Walk - Saturday 10th February 2018.

The forecast was not good, and it was raining when we arrived at Astwood Bank, but there were soon 13 brave walkers ready to go. The rain stopped, and we just had the odd shower while walking. The original route for the walk was very muddy, so we walked along more lanes to avoid the worst of the mud.

We set off from the Bell Inn, and walked to Sambourne, where we stopped to inspect the war memorial. There was a nice looking pub called The Green Dragon. Then we continued across fields until we were nearly at Coughton Court. We used the Sambourne Lane to return to the village of the same name, and then back to Astwood Bank.

We then had a nice lunch at The Bell, where there was a daily 2-course menu for £6.00 or £5.50 for pensioners.

Our thanks to Julie Bird, Carol Christian and Anne Vernon for leading the walk.

Bromsgrove Walk - Saturday 13th January 2018.

For our first walk of 2018 we met at the Bromsgrove Golf Club on a cloudy, chilly day. There were 17 walkers, which is the best we have had for some time. Before the walk, we studied the lunch menu and the 16 staying for lunch placed their orders.

We left the Golf Club and walked back to their entrance, then had to walk alongside the main A38 for a couple of hundred yards before crossing the only stile of the walk onto the golf course.The footpath ran along the northern edge of the golf course before going across some fields. Some deer tracks were found where the ground was soft, but no deer were seen. (One was seen when the walk was tried a few weeks earlier).

After rejoining the golf course, the footpath turned off, and we descended some steps onto a track leading to Burcot. We soon arrived at the Burcot Garden Centre, where hot drinks (and a few cakes, etc) were enjoyed. Refreshed, and warmed up, we continued our walk around some fields above Burcot, before returning to the Golf Club the way we came.

A table for 16 had been set up for us, and we were soon enjoying an excellent lunch.

Many thanks to Penny Owens for organising the trip.