Photos and reports 2020 – 2021
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On Saturday 18 January the forecast was for wall to wall sunshine with a gentle breeze and not too warm, perfect walking weather. 25 walkers took the opportunity and walked from The Old House at Home, Pelsall, along the Wyrley and Essington Canal – stopping just after the Catshill Junction for a well-earned coffee break – to Black Cock Bridge. From there it was along Green Lane to Coppice Wood, through the wood and past Grange Farm, picking up the Timberland Trail and back to Pelsall and lunch at the ‘Old House at Home’. Conditions underfoot were not too bad considering the amount of rain there had been in the recent past, the only really wet part was through the field just after Grange Farm which was waterlogged but passable. The meals at the pub were good and the service was pretty quick, all in all and enjoyable time was had by all. (Bill Adamson)
Saturday 22 February saw 17 members meet at Shifnal for a walk of just over 5 miles. The wind was gusty but with a temperature of 10 degrees it wasn’t too cold. Following two weekends of storms we were thankful to only have a few spots of rain. Leaving Shifnal town centre we walked over Lodge Hill with far reaching views and down to Evelith Mill at Wesley Brook. Returning to the White Hart we enjoyed lunch in one of the oldest buildings in the town.
(Sadly, no more walks went ahead this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic)
After a break from walking for over a year due to Covid 19 restrictions, 28 enthusiastic WNTA walkers met outside Aldridge Church on Saturday 11 September 2021. The weather was dry with a little sunshine, light winds and 20°. The 4 ½ mile walk, led by Janet and John Clews, went down over fields to the Chester Road, turning back up Green Lane, Gould Farm Lane and Back Lane and up over Druid’s Heath golf course to return to the church. It was a good start to our Autumn / Winter walking programme and an excellent opportunity to catch-up with friends seldom seen since March 2020. Unfortunately, no photo was taken to record the occasion.
Saturday 16 October was bright and dry with light cloud and winds. A group of 27 walkers met at One Man and his Dog in Bloxwich for a walk led by Jen Horton, Jane Holt and Jan Fisher. The pub and surrounding shops made a very urban setting and as the area wasn’t familiar to several of us, we wondered what the walk held in store. We walked along tarmac paths to begin with but soon we were on footpaths beside an old canal turned into a nature reserve, passing through public open spaces, more nature reserves, into woodland and along canal towpaths – a very varied and surprisingly rural setting. One of the nature reserves was named after Oily Gough who used to sell scrap oil on the site many years ago – how times and landscapes change! Our walk leaders had gone beyond the call of duty, going beforehand to clear brambles from the less well trodden areas, so we were free to walk without hindrance. The walk was just over 5 miles long and our photo was taken at the Sneyd reservoir. Thank you to Jen, Jane and Jan for a very enjoyable walk.
Saturday, 13 November 2021
Although we had a bit of drizzle at the beginning of our walk today it cleared up and there was a little sunshine to end with. Twenty-five walkers met at Waitrose in Lichfield for a walk around Sloppy Wood (which wasn’t sloppy at all as it turned out) and the Dell, then up Abnall’s Lane and into Parker’s Plantation where we had a refreshment break. As you can see from our photo, the autumnal colours were beautiful and it was unseasonably mild. The return leg of our journey was over fields back to the estate roads and our cars. We were joined by a few members who haven’t been out walking for some months and I hope that by keeping our walks around 5 miles others may be encouraged to join us. It is a very sociable occasion; we don’t rush and enjoy catching up with each other’s news along the way.