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January 2022

15 January 2022.  For our first walk of the year Margery Williams led 19 walkers from Rushall, along the Beacon Way and through the Nature Reserves of Goscote Valley and Mill Lane.  The weather had been very icy the previous day but we didn’t have slippery conditions and Goscote Valley was sufficiently frosty to limit the mud underfoot.  After returning to the Lichfield Road we went by Rushall Church into the Park Lime Pits Nature Reserve, along the canal and over Rushall Playing fields to return to Daw End Lane.  We have so many of these small nature reserves in Walsall and it was a good opportunity to visit some of them.  Thank you, Margery, for leading us. 

February 2022

Saturday 19th February – Sutton Park

This 5 mile walk took place the day after Storm Eunice and was led by Lilian and Roger Turner. The day dawned clear and bright but when the 23 walkers set off there was slight drizzle which soon changed to continuous rain and sometimes sleet. The walk began at Banners Gate car park and progressed past Westwood Coppice, along Lord Donegal’s ride and by the golf course.  After walking through the muddy woods we came to Bracebridge Pool. The coffee stop was the café at Bracebridge Pool where we sheltered under their umbrellas whist enjoying drinks purchased from the kiosk.We returned through the woods and made our way to the Jamboree Memorial Stone which commemorates the World Jubilee Jamboree in 1957 for a photo op. The walk continued through heathland to Longmore Pool. At this point as we returned to the car park the rain stopped and the sun came out! An enjoyable if wet walk.

March 2022

19 March 2022.  Twenty-one walkers met at Chasewater on a bright and blustery Saturday for a very enjoyable 5 mile walk led by Jan Fisher, Jane Holt and Jen Horton.  We saw a small group of deer very close up and after crossing the railway, walked over to an area of heath not previously known to many of us.  We stopped here for a refreshment break and although the climb was very gentle, we were at a high point of 178 m giving us views across the surrounding countryside.   We then returned to Chasewater Country Park going alongside the reservoir and finishing along the canal.  

April 2022

11 April 2022.  Thirty-three walkers met at the Canalside Café and Farm Shop at Great Haywood.  The weather was sunny and cold for our 4.5 miles walk, with no stiles.  We went along the Trent and Mersey canal to Shugborough, then crossed the Essex Bridge into the Shugborough Estate.  We then passed through the woods by the side of the river Trent and then back on the canal from Little Haywood to the village of Great Haywood and back to the start.  This route was new to many of our group and quite a few of us had lunch at the very nice cafe and visited the farm shop.  Thank you to Janet and John Clews for leading the walk.

May 2022

Saturday 14 May 2022 was, as you can see from our photo, a beautiful May day with sunshine and the air full of birdsong throughout our walk.  Bill Adamson led the group of fourteen walkers on this Kingswood walk, which started at the Summer House pub, Boningale.  We took a nearby a footpath by a caravan park and Kingswood Bank Farm to pass by Wrottesley Hall, through woodland and arable fields.  We went along country lanes through Oaken, and then followed the Monarch’s Way past Oaken Lawn Farm and Cottage.  We had a good place for our refreshment break and photo stop, with picnic benches in a shady wood and then after more forest tracks, we passed near Kingswood Lodge, down County Lane and back to the Summer House.  

June 2022

4 June 2022, Saturday of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend was chilly and breezy on Cannock Chase.  A group of 9 walkers met at the Commonwealth War Graves and walked over to the Katyn Memorial and paused to look at the floral tributes arranged around it.  We followed the Heart of England Way down to Sherbrook Valley and turned up Pepper Slade over Parr’s Warren (photo) and returned via the German War Cemetery (photo), which the group chose to visit briefly.  Along the way we enjoyed speculating about the size of the bird which constructed the nest (photo).  No photo of the walkers this time, please remind me next time we are out together.  Five of us had a very good lunch at the Samson Blewitt pub in Hednesford, a very good discovery.  Many thanks to Margery Williams for leading a very pleasant walk. 

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Christine Adamson

Walks Organiser