Adults & Individuals

Winter Walking Programme
I have managed to put together a fairly comprehensive set of walks for the coming Autumn/Winter/Spring season, with both variety of countryside and location.  I hope there is something here that appeals to you and I look forward to you joining in.
The programme is:
Sunday 29th September – A Black Mountain Circular
Meet at Llanthony Priory car park at 10.00am. We will head up the beer track on the Beacons Way to join Offa’s Dyke Path. We will head south along Offa’s Dyke to Hatterrall Hill, then descend to Cwmyoy, allowing time to visit the very crooked church (crooked because the land beneath it keeps shifting). We will cross the valley floor and climb up the other side to re-join the Beacons Way, heading north. When we reach Bal-Bach we descend down a beautiful valley to Llanthony, where we will be able to take some refreshment in the bar attached to the priory.   9 miles
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Sunday 20th October – Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley
Meet at the car park near the Symonds Yat viewpoint at 10.00am. From the car park we will head south to meet up with the Wysis Way, which we will then follow in a westerly direction until we reach the Suck Stone, affording us extensive views over the Forest of Dean. Heading south through Highmeadow Woods we eventually reach Kymin and the Naval Temple. from Kymin we head north, crossing the A4136, following the edge of the forest overlooking the River Wye, eventually descending to the river. We follow the river all the way back, finally climbing back up to the car park and the cafe, providing welcoming cups of tea.  9.5 miles
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Sunday 1st December – A Cotswold Caper
Meet at the car park at Grid Ref. 084259 near Guiting Power at 10.00am. We immediately begin to follow the Warden’s Way through Guiting Wood, eventually passing Sudeley Castle before going into Winchcombe. We might be able to find some light refreshment in Winchcombe. We leave the town on the Windrush Way as far as the outskirts of the hamlet of Hawling. From here we head east over Windrush Hill, then take the lane into Guiting Power and through on to the car park.  12 miles
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Sunday 15th December – Brown Clee Hill
Meet at Cleobury North (roadside parking) at 10.00am We start the walk by heading west, gradually climbing up into Stanbrough’s Wood. This eventually leads out on to the open hillside and the summit of Brown Clee Hill. We descend a little way on to the Shropshire Way and head south to Loughton Enclosure. we traverse the hillside a little way before descending on to a contouring path on the east side of the hill until we meet the path that will take us back to Cleobury North.   8 miles
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Wednesday 1st January 2020 – A New Year Ramble on the Malverns
The usual New Year get together, meeting at British Camp car park at 10.00am. We will decide on the day whether we walk north or south and how far depending upon the conditions. What is certain, is that we will finish up in the Malvern Hills Hotel afterwards.
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Sunday 23rd February – Sugarloaf, the Long Way
I will not be able to lead this. Perhaps, somebody out there would like to take charge of this walk?
Sugarloaf is such an interesting hill, which changes shape as you move around its lower slopes. This is an opportunity to enjoy these shapes by delaying the ascent, and then extending the descent. We will meet at 10.00am at the car park (Grid Ref. 268167 OS Outdoor Leisure 13) on the southern side, approached from the western edge of Abergavenny. Having climbed so far up towards the summit, we will then traverse round the southern and eastern sides before making the final ascent. From the summit we will head west along the ridge before turning back to the car park. 7 miles
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Sunday 22nd March – No Gain without Pain(castle)
Meet at the Roast Ox Inn, Painscastle, at 10.00am. It will be roadside parking nearby, unless I am able to make arrangements to park in the pub car park. We will walk up on to the hills behind the village and head north on to Bryngwyn Hill, skirting around the summit ridge. At the northern end, head west to Red Hill and then SW, passing Mawn Pool. Soon after the pool we turn sharp east and head back, eventually descending into Painscastle, where I am sure we will be made to feel welcome in the pub.  10.5 miles
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Sunday 26th April – Mortimer’s Forest
I think I may have jinxed this walk, as I will be in Nepal, all being well. We may need to cancel it, yet again!!
Another attempt to achieve this walk, hopefully, third time lucky! Meet at the car park and picnic area (Grid Ref. 474732 OS Explorer 203) at 10.00am. We will walk a little way back up the road towards Ludlow. At Mary Knoll House we enter the forest following a path that will eventually join up with the Mortimer Trail. We now follow this in a southerly direction, as it wends its way through the forest, up and down. Eventually we leave the forest for pastureland, passing Elton Hall. We now pick up the Herefordshire Trail, passing through Burrington before heading back in the direction of the car park.  9.5 miles

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