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Thank You.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who were kind enough send or sign cards following my recent surgery.
Things are progressing slowly.
Kind regards,
David H.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 09, 2017 11:25  under General

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2017 Club Weekend Report.

26 members attended the 2017 club weekend which took place at the beginning of October.  

We stayed at The Lion Hotel in Shrewsbury.  This Grade 1 listed 16th Century Coaching Inn is situated in the heart of Shrewsbury  in Shropshire.  Everyone thought that the  rooms were comfortable and the food good.

The weekend was planned in conjunction with Secret Hills who organised and led the walks.

On the Friday afternoon we did a short walk along the River Severn cutting up through Shrewsbury School  and then back through the town.  We explored some of the tiny medieval streets that were named after businesses eg Fish, bakers  etc. We walked up Grope Street!! No guesses for knowing what went on there!

On the Saturday we took a coach to The Bog centre in the Stiperstones area. From here we split into two groups.  The longer walk of 9 miles went up to the Stiperstones Ridge before desending  to Snailbeach and onto the pub in the village for lunch. We passed several old tin mines and Squatters  cottages with interesting history.    

The shorter route of 6.5 miles took in the same sights but kept to a lower level. After lunch we made our way across grassy and muddy tracks back to the centre for a welcome cup of tea and for some, cake!  The weather was really kind to us with only a very short light shower. The views were spectacular and a good day was had by all.

After checking out at the hotel on Sunday all made their way by car to Church Stretton.  

Here we split into two groups. A small group headed off for the Longmynd  up a steep and fairly long climb finally reaching Polebank. This is the highest point on the Longmynd  and the 360 degree views were wonderful thanks to the beautiful weather.  

They then headed down using some beautiful grassy tracks  to Little Stretton for a pub lunch.  Afterwards they completed the walk back to Church Stretton.

Meanwhile the other group walked along Cardingmill valley and into the Batch Valley. A few deviations were added to stretch the legs a bit more before heading back to Church Stretton  for lunch.

An excellant weekend was had by all thanks to the organisation from Secret  Hills and the lovely weather.

Some members were already getting enthusiastic about next year’s club weekend in The Forest of Dean. 

Thanks to Sue H for providing this report  and for all her efforts in organisng the weekend. Thanks are also due to Sue C for looking after the money side of things.

                   Friday Shrewsbury Walk.


                                Mine on Stiperstones Walk.

                                     Shrewsbury Chain Bridge.

                                                Top of Longmynd.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 09, 2017 9:10  under Special Occasions

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Thursday 5th October 2017 Walk Report

20 walkers set off from Sweethedges Farm on what proved to be a glorious autunm day.  A slight breeze and quite sunny and warm   Sweethedges Farm is situated in a beautiful countryside setting that is extremely pretty and peaceful.

Our walk was only about 4 miles.  As some of the walkers were away on the club weekend the following day they were pleased to not feel too weary at the end and be able to get home a little earlier than usual.

The walk, which was rather muddy at first, took us over the A47 through pleasant footpaths and villages.  The views were stunning and after the first section the terrain was easy and dry.

Gervais joined us for lunch where the food was plentiful and good value.

Thanks to Keith and Lou for organising and leading the walk.

Thanks also to Sue H for providing this report.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 05, 2017 15:19  under Walk Reports

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Club Weekend.

Could I take this opportunity to wish all those attending the club weekend in Shrewsbury good weather, good walking, good food and good company.
David H.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 04, 2017 9:14  under General

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Saturday 30th September Walk Report.

We were very fortunate to have sunny weather to enjoy the autumnal colours and scenery on this 5½ mile walk from the Axe and Compass PH in Hemingford Abbots.

The route from Hemingford Abbots (with the tall slender spire of St Margaret’s Church) took us through Hemingford Grey (past the Manor house, built in 1130s and famous for the Green Knowe books by Lucy Boston), across the large expanse of water meadows to 15th Century St Ives Bridge (with chapel half-way across and overlooking what once was a busy inland port) and then through the town to where we had a short break. 

We continued through All Saints churchyard and beside the church (with towering steeple in a wooded setting) onto the long path to Houghton Mill (wooded thickets, some nature reserves, with glimpses of the River Great Ouse). Houghton Mill (a 5 storey watermill, was shrouded in scaffolding and was maybe having its weatherboarding repainted) then across the river and lock and back across another water meadow to Hemingford Abbots (by way of Black Bridge, a replacement for the timber one swept away in the 1947 floods).

All was very picturesque, many people were out and about and the walking was easy.
The staff at the PH were attentive and the meals were served promptly, a little pricey but nice. We were 18 for the walk and Ann joined us for the meal, having explored herself.

Thanks to Carna and Ian B for organising and leading this walk in what was for most members pastures new. Thanks are also due to Carna for the wonderful pictures below.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 01, 2017 13:44  under Walk Reports

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