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Winter Walking Programme
The programme this coming season will be limited because of travelling to New Zealand during January, February and March. However, I will do my best to give you an interesting and varied selection of walks.
We will start the season off by including the two walks that had to be cancelled last winter, due to bad weather.
The programme is:
Sun. September 16th – A high level circuit of the Grwyne Fawr Reservoir.
OS Explorer OL13                                                                             11 miles
Meet at 10.00am in the car park at the end of the road up the Gwryne Fawr Valley (Grid ref. 254285) The starting point for this walk is the car park at Blaen-y-cwm, the site of the village where the reservoir builders lived during its construction. Climbing through the forest we emerge on to the open hillside by the Blacksmith’s Anvil and follow the ridge to the northern escarpment, where we swing round to climb a slightly higher ridge that leads to the Black Mountains highest point Waun Fach. A newly laid path to Pen-y-Gadair Fawr makes the journey between the two summits much easier. From the latter we descend to the reservoir and back to the car park.
Sun. October 14th. – Mortimer’s Forest  OS Explorer 203                  10 miles
In order to reach the car park cross Dinham Bridge beside Ludlow Castle. Turn right shortly after crossing the bridge. The road climbs up into the woodland where there is a car park. Meet at 10.00am in the car park (Grid ref. 495742) I stumbled across this beautiful area while checking out a campsite for a walk along the Teme Valley. Occupying the hills just to the west of Ludlow this walk incorporates forest trails, deciduous woodland trails, open hills and pastureland, and all of it undulating.. The early part of the walk follows Mortimer’s Trail, which, upon exiting the woodland becomes the Herefordshire Trail. We follow this to Burrington Common, whereupon we begin to head east towards Ludlow, back into the forest where we will be reunited with our cars.
Poor weather again interfered with this walk and we did a much shortened version, still getting very wet! I will put it into the calendar for next year at the same time so that we can enjoy the autumnal colours.
Sunday 4th November – A Walk on The Stiperstones OS Explorer 216  8 miles
Meet at 10.00am in the Nature Conservancy car park at grid reference 370978. The Stiperstones is an interesting range of hills in Shropshire, running north/south, parallel with the better known Long Mynd. It is an area steeped in history, having had an industrial past, and folk tales. I lived on these hills in the early 80s and they were my back garden. The walk will take us along and around the spine of rocky outcrops affording us far reaching views into mid-Wales and exploring the lesser known northern end of the range.
Sunday 9th December – A Cotswold Way Circular Walk – Dursley, Stinchcombe Hill and North Nibley Monument  OS Explorer 167                                7.3 miles
Meet at the May Lane Car Park, Dursley GL11 4JWat 10.00am. The walk is one of the more strenuous in the Cotswold Hills with a number of steep ascents and descents. The rewards are well worth it though with excellent views from both Stinchcombe Hill and from the Cotswold hills above North Nibley, especially from the Tyndale Monument which towers on the high ground and is an attraction to walkers from all around the surrounding area. Obviously this walk is at its best on days with clear visibility. Apart from the hills the walk also goes through areas of woodland and on quiet country roads and lanes.
Tuesday 1st January 2019 – A Ramble on the Malverns
The usual New Year get together, meeting at the British Camp Car Park at 10.00am. Conditions will dictate how far we walk and for how long, and also how much time we spend in the Malvern Hills Hotel.
We then have a pause in events.
Sunday 14th April – The Hopesey Hike: Four villages around Burrow Hill        
OS Explorer 217                                                                               10.6 miles
Meet in the village of Hopesay at 10.00am.  There is street parking along the road opposite ‘The Old Barns’. A splendid walk with great scenery, visiting the villages of Hopesay, Kempton, Edgton and Aston-on-Clun. There is a pub, The Kangaroo, at Aston.

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