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On Saturday 12 January 22 members walked from the The Swan in the small Staffordshire village of Whiston, near Penkridge. The early light rain had cleared and there was no flooding although it was generally muddy underfoot. The 5-mile low-level circuit followed field paths and quiet lanes, including part of the Staffordshire Way, to return us to The Swan for a good lunch. Thank you to Keith for an enjoyable walk.
On Saturday 16 February 35 members enjoyed a 5 mile walk in bright sunshine. After pre-ordering our meals at the Bull’s Head in Shenstone we set off, with Janet and John Clews leading, alongside Black Brook. Passing Shenstone Pumping Station with its truncated chimney, we followed the southerly direction of Ryknild Street through Footherley, where we stopped for a coffee break at our half-way point. There were some field paths, quiet lanes and pavements and if it was a little soft underfoot in places, our boots were pretty clean at the end of the walk. We had a good lunch at the Bull and came out afterwards to find the clouds had thickened and it had turned cooler.
After driving through heavy rain the skies cleared as 17 walkers met at Kenilworth Castle car park on Saturday 9 March. David Allabarton led us over parkland and fields with no stiles or hills. We found some shelter from the strong westerly wind for our coffee stop and after crossing the Pleasance, the site of a 15th century royal pleasure palace, we were rewarded by a stunning view of Kenilworth Castle’s red sandstone ruins on our return journey. The group then enjoyed a hearty lunch at ‘The Clarendon’.