MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017
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.
posted by CHANGERINGER on October 09, 2017 11:25 under General
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017
2017 Club Weekend Report.
26 members attended the 2017 club weekend which took place
at the beginning of October.
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
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.
then headed down using some beautiful grassy tracks to Little Stretton for a pub lunch. Afterwards they completed the walk back to
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
An excellant weekend was had by all thanks to the organisation
from Secret Hills and the lovely
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
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017
Thursday 5th October 2017 Walk Report
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.
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
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.
joined us for lunch where the food was plentiful and good value.
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
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017
Could I take this opportunity to wish all those attending the club weekend in Shrewsbury good weather, good walking, good food and good company.
posted by CHANGERINGER on October 04, 2017 9:14 under General
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2017
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