On Saturday 13th February 28 members and friends met at the Huntsman Inn at Little Wenlock for a 5 mile walk. A friend of David and Gill Beasley who lives in the village led us through fields, lanes and woods below the Wrekin, the summit of which can be seen in the photo. It was cold but dry and a little muddy under foot in places. We were joined by the two Elizabeth’s for an excellent meal at the Huntsman.
On Saturday 5th March 25 members met at Jackson’s Bank car park for a 5.5 mile walk. After a few days of heavy rain, we encountered lots of mud but the weather was dry and we even had a little sun. The walk took us through fields and lanes passed Hoar Cross Church, returning through woodlands to the car park. We then went to the Foresters for a very good lunch where we were joined by 3 more members. Thank you Heather and Ken for a lovely walk.
On Saturday 9th April 23 members met in sunshine at The Navigation, Lapworth for a 6 mile walk. The walk took us along the Grand Union canal, lanes and fields to Packwood House. Then on a beautiful spring day through fields with sheep and their lambs to the Stratford on Avon canal and back to the Navigation for lunch. Thank you Christine and Bill for a lovely walk.
Bobbington, Staffordshire. On Saturday 28th May 21 members met at the Red Lion Inn at Bobbington for our monthly walk. The sun shone all morning as we walked on field paths using the Staffordshire way for part of the route. We had good views over the surrounding countryside and Halfpenny Green Airport , where there was lots of activity. The walk was slightly longer than usual as we did 6.8 miles, but a good time was had by all. We then had an excellent lunch at the Red Lion.
Lount, Leicestershire. On Saturday 11th June, 12 members met at the Ferrers Arms at Lount for a 5 mile walk. The weather was dry but overcast as we walked through parts of the National Forest and through the grounds of Staunton Harold. We returned to the Ferrers Arms for a good lunch.
Dadlington, Leicestershire. On Saturday 9th July 10 very hardy members met in pouring rain at the George and Dragon, Stoke Golding for a 5.5 mile walk around the Bosworth Battle Field site. The pub landlady was very kind and made us coffee and homemade cake to have before we set off. We then set off at 10.45 and within a quarter of an hour the rain stopped and we were able to enjoy the walk through fields of corn and rape seed back to the pub for an excellent lunch.
Cannock Chase. On Saturday 20th August we got up to heavy rain and wind. There was some discussion as to whether the walk would proceed. We decided to go ahead and by the time we reached the Park Gate pub at Castle Ring the rain had stopped. Keith lead a lovely 5 mile walk on Cannock Chase and the rain held off. When we got back to Castle Ring, Keith suggested that we finish the walk by walking around the ring. At this point the rain swept in and there was a revolution among the troops and we decided to go straight back to the pub, where we had a good meal.
On Saturday 17th September 18 members met at the Roebuck pub at Draycott in the Clay for a 5 mile walk. The walk started with a 300ft climb through fields of dairy cattle to the village of Hanbury. We stopped at the church for a coffee stop and look around the church. After coffee we did a circular walk to see the Fauld crater and the memorial to the 70 people who were killed in the war time explosion there. We then proceeded down the 300ft hill by a different route back to the Roebuck for lunch.
On Saturday 1st October, 11 of us met at the Abbey Fields car park Kenilworth for a 5.5 mile walk.
Despite the rain, which never relented, we enjoyed good views of the Castle and the pleasant countryside. We returned to the car park, took off our wet boots and walked round to the Virgins and Castle, the oldest pub in Warwickshire, for an excellent lunch.
November 5th 2016
It was a bright, dry, breezy day for our walk from The Star Pub at Copmere End. The leaf colours were magnificent as the sun shone through the trees on this Autumn morning.
We set off at a steady pace, climbed our first stile and entered our only boggy field. After we all safely negotiated it, we tackled a few more stiles and then unanimously decided to do the optional extra walk around Jackson Coppice; a wood with old Badger sets which the notice said, is full of bluebells in the Spring. We crunched over the leaves to our coffee stop, then had a pleasant walk back to the pub for our very good, “home cooked” lunch. A very enjoyable morning.
December 10th 2016
On Saturday 10th December 19 members met at the Swan Inn at Fradley Junction for a 5.5 mile walk. Luckily the rain held off as we walked out along the Coventry Canal, through the villages of Fradley and Alrewas, returning to the pub for an excellent lunch along the Trent and Mersey Canal.
January 14th 2017
On Saturday 14th January, 23 members met at the Vine in Wombourne for a 5.5 mile walk. We left Walsall in sleet. By the time we got to the pub it had turned to rain which didn’t last long and we had a very nice dry walk. The walk took us through the village of Wombourne to join the Staffordshire Railway walk. Leaving the old line to walk through the grounds of Himley Hall into Baggeridge Country Park. We returned over fields to the pub for a very good lunch.