Adults & Individuals

Sunday 10th Sept. – Hay Bluff   OS Explorer OL13                           10 miles            2400684_06cb6f47Meet at 10.00am at the Stone Circle car park beneath Hay Bluff (Grid ref.239374) Starting from the stone circle, this circular walk climbs up the face of Hay Bluff, to walk along Offa’s Dyke, descending to Capel-y-fin via Vision Farm, to then climb the little visited Darren Lwyd spur to Lord Hereford’s Knob before returning to the stone circle via Gospel Pass. This may prove a useful outing for those travelling to Albania the following week.

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Fri. 6th – Sun. 8th Oct. – A weekend in the Yorkshire Dales, staying in Banstead Bunk Barn, Ingleton (I have 22 places available). Arrive during the evening on Friday. I will notify you nearer the time which pub we will be in.

Sat. 7th – Ingleborough – OS Explorer OL2                                   10.5 miles                    imagesLeaving our camping barn accommodation, we walk through Ingleton towards the looming mass of Ingleborough. Taking Fell Lane Track out of the village we approach the mountain by the more direct route. This is limestone country and the hillside is littered with limestone features, shake holes and pot holes. The summit, in favourable conditions will give us outstanding views of the Dales. Descending towards Chapel-le-Dale we pick up the old Roman road that runs down Twistleton Dale beneath the crags of Twistleton Scar and Raven Scar. This will lead us back to Ingleton via a series of spectacular waterfalls.

Sun. 8th – Pen-y-ghent – OS Explorer OL2             Each route is approx. 8 miles               images-1After breakfast we pack ready to leave the barn and drive to the car park in Horton in Ribblesdale. From there we pick up the Pennine Way, which takes us all the way to the summit. From here we have a choice according to the conditions. We can either head north to include Plover Hill before descending in a loop to pick up the Pennine Way back to the village, or, we can follow the Pennine Way south to fork off on to Long Lane before picking up the Ribble Way, which follows the river back to the village. From here we will drive home.

NB if we fill 22 places it will only cost us £25 each + food. Obviously if fewer than 22 come it will cost proportionally more i.e. 15 places = £34 each. Also, we will need to provide our own bedding/sleeping bags for this trip. I have already paid 50% of the cost.

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Sun 12th Nov. – A walk from Kington  OS Explorer 201                        10 miles             imagesMeet at 10.00am in the car park in the centre of Kington opposite the primary school (Grid ref. 295566) Starting in the centre of Kington this walk takes in many of the hills we generally only look at as we drive deeper into Wales. They are attractive enough to deserve a little more of our attention. So, this walk takes in Bradnor Hill, Rushock Hill, Herrock Hill, the small village of Walton, Old Radnor Hill, Hanter Hill and the Hergest Ridge before returning to Kington.

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Sun. 10th Dec. – Mortimer’s Forest  OS Explorer 203                           10 miles             In order to reach the car park cross Dinham Bridge beside Ludlow Castle. 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.

Postponed due to heavy snow and impossible driving conditions

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Tues. 2nd Jan. 2018 A New Year ramble on the Malverns – This could take us anywhere. As in previous years we will meet at the British Camp car park but, perhaps, by way of a change, head north but ensuring that we finish up at the Malvern Hills Hotel for a mug or hot chocolate etc.

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Sun. 28th Jan. – A circular walk from Sapperton to find the source of the Thames.    OS Explorer 168                                                                                  11.3 miles        images-1There is plenty of on road parking in Sapperton just opposite the church (Grid ref. 948034) Meet by the church at 10.00am. The route I have chosen takes us through woodland, follows old canals, rivers and railways before seeking out an invisible source of the Thames, yet marked by a commemorative stone.

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We then have a break throughout February as I shall be away in SE Asia. However, the Crickhowell Walking Festival will be running from the 24th February to the 4th March, offering many opportunities to get out on to the hills and in the fresh air.

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Sun. March 18th – A high level circuit of the Grwyne Fawr Reservoir.                        OS Explorer OL13                                                                           11 miles                      IMG_3465Meet 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.

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At the moment I cannot commit beyond March as there may be a trip to Nepal in support of the Himalayan Trust UK. Anybody interested? However, if that does not materialise I will be considering a weekend on Dartmoor, during the latter half of April. Watch this space.

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