Hanbury Walk - Saturday9th June 2018.

It was slightly chilly when 17 of us met at the Hanbury Hall car park for the June walk, but it soon warmed up, and there was sunshine by the time we finished.

The going was firm, with only the occasional small muddy patch. We crossed some fields, and had a fairly steep climb up to Hanbury Church, from where there were some wonderful views. From there, we skirted around Piper's Hill, then reached the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

We continued along the canal towpath, stopping for a drink by a lock. We left the canal and crossed the railway near Summerhill Farm, then climbed Summer Hill on our way back to Hanbury Hall.

Our thanks go to Sandy Eccleshall for organising the walk.





Astwood Bank Walk - Saturday 12th May 2018.

It was a sunny morning when we arrived at Astwood Bank, but a little bit on the chilly side. There were soon 9 walkers ready to go.

We set off south from the Bell Inn, and passed the Botany Bay Nurseries and were soon walking over fields with wonderful views over the countryside. We reached the Salt Way, then stopped for a drink near the Neville Arms. We then worked our way across to Edgioake Lane and back to Astwood Bank.

There was a Steam Rally in Bidford during the weekend, and during our walk we saw a steam traction engine going along the road, and then saw another one across some fields.

We then had a nice lunch at The Bell, where we again had the 2-course menu for £6.00 or £5.50 for pensioners.

Our thanks to Rosemarie Davies for leading the walk.

Claverdon Walk - Saturday 14th April 2018.

Wot no rain? Mud, mud, and more mud!

After many wet days, we awoke to a fine day, with clear blue sky and sunshine. Ten walkers met up at The Crown in Claverdon, near Henley-in-Arden. A lunch menu was passed around, and we all ordered lunch before setting off.

After the first couple of hundred yards along roads, we joined a footpath, or rather, a MUDpath! It was thick, clinging mud, and our feet sunk some inches into it, which made progress slow and difficult. Some of the fields that we crossed were also waterlogged, and is was always a relief when we came to a short stretch of road, where we could stamp off the mud, our boots feeling much lighter! There were several stiles and gates, and some of these had large puddles around them.

We had a stop at All Saints Church at Preston Bagot, where we sat in the sun and had a drink. In a field adjacant to the church were some sheep and lambs, who seemed quite interested in us.

After walking just over 4 miles, which felt like twice the length, we reached The Crown again, and after changing our footwear, had a welcome lunch.

Our thanks go again to David for leading an excellent walk.

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.