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On Saturday 25th February 32 members and friends met at the Junction Inn at Norbury for a 5 mile walk. We walked on the canal towpath then through Loynton Moss Nature Reserve where we saw snowdrops and took the photo. We returned to the pub via more canal towpath and field paths for a very good lunch.
On Saturday 18th March 24 members met at the Greyhound Inn, Burston for a 5 mile walk. We started off in fine weather as we walked through the village and then along the Trent and Mersey canal to Aston by Stone, where we had our coffee stop. We then had a muddy walk with a little rain and back to the pub for a very good lunch.
On Saturday 8th April 22 walkers set off from the Barley Mow at Milford in glorious weather for a 5.5 mile walk. We crossed Milford Common and then part of Cannock Chase before entering the Shugborough Estate. After crossing the Essex Bridge over the River Trent we took our coffee stop by the Trent and Mersey Canal. We then walked along the canal to Great Haywood junction where we joined the Staffs and Worcester Canal and followed the towpath to return to the Barley Mow for an excellent lunch.
On Saturday 20th May 16 members met at the Nelson Inn, Cresswell Green for a 5 mile walk. We walked through lanes and fields around Chorley and Farewell. The threatened rain came as we had our coffee stop in Farewell Churchyard. We then followed the Heart of England way back to the pub for a very good lunch.
On Saturday 3rd June 21 members met at the Fleur de Lys pub at Lowsonford for a 7 mile walk. We followed the Heart of England Way through rolling countryside with beautiful views to our coffee stop at Beaudesert Castle on the outskirts of Henley in Arden. The return route took us through farm land to Preston Bagot church and then to the Stratford on Avon canal towpath back to the pub for an excellent lunch.
On a drizzly warm morning 9 members met at the Rose and Crown pub at Middle Mayfield near Ashbourne for a 5 mile walk. We climbed to the ridge and used the limestone way, which gave good views of the Staffordshire and Derbyshire Hills. We then descended to walk through the meadows alongside the River Dove back to the pub for an excellent lunch.
This month’s walk was approximately 5.5 miles starting at the Bridge pub in Brewood. We walked a short way along the Shropshire Union canal before climbing over the only stile on the walk. We walked along a country lane before turning into the fields, eventually crossing a path that gave views of Chillington Hall. This is the home of the Gifford family, who came over with William the Conqueror. We stopped for our break by a pond. We turned back onto the canal and made our way back for our lunch at the pub. The weather was kind and there wasn’t a lot of mud.
On Saturday 9th September 18 members met at the Saxon Penny pub in Lichfield for a 5 mile walk. We walked through the housing estate with views of Lichfield Cathedral to the Darwin Statue. We walked through the woods and fields to Abnalls Lane, then up the lane to pass through Pipe Hill Woodland Trust. We had our coffee stop on the hill overlooking Lichfield. We returned to the Saxon Penny via the derelict arm of the Hatherton Canal, where volunteers were working on it’s restoration.(We think they have got a very big job). We had a good lunch at the Saxon Penny and as the rain came down during lunch we commented on how lucky we had been to have stayed dry on the walk. Thank you Peter for a lovely walk.
On Saturday 21st October, 12 members met in Netherton for a 5 mile walk. Storm Brian was looming but we were lucky to get away with just a few light showers. In the middle of the Black Country the walk took us on a remarkably green route. We passed through Netherton Park to Warren’s Hall Park, a nature reserve, where we joined the Dudley Canal. For 2 miles we followed the winding canal passing some 30 canoeists to get to Saltwells Wood, where we had our coffee stop. We then climbed, crossing the canal at the point where we took the photograph, to Netherton church. We then descended into Netherton and to the Old Swan Inn (also known as Ma Pardoes) for a very good lunch. Thank you Christine and Bill for a very interesting walk.
On Saturday 4th November, after a week of sunshine and dry weather, we got up to pouring rain. However this didn’t deter 26 members who arrived at the Royal Oak, Gnosall to do a 5 mile walk. By the time we started the walk the rain had stopped and the sun came out. The walk took us through lanes, fields, and the Shropshire Union Canal towpath with lots of mud and standing water back to the Royal Oak for a very good lunch. Thank you David for a lovely walk.
On Saturday 9th December we woke to a cold morning with the ground covered in snow. We were pleased that the walk had been arranged from the Hussey Arms at Brownhills, so that we did not have a long journey. 15 members set off on a dry, cold 5 mile walk around Chasewater. Half way round a snow storm started and we saw a herd of deer sheltering in the bracken. We had a coffee stop at the Chasewater railway halt where the snow eased. We then returned to the Hussey Arms, where we were joined by 5 more members, for a very nice lunch.
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