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January 2018

On Saturday 13th January 23 members met at the Red Lion pub, Hopwas for a 5.5 mile walk.  We followed the towpath of the Birmingham and Fazeley canal for 2 miles before crossing fields near Whittington.  The return journey passed through the army firing ranges, only accessible when there is no firing, and Hopwas Haze wood, back to the pub where we were joined by 4 more members for a good lunch.

January walkers at Hopwas

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February 2018

On Saturday 10th February 16 members met at The Clifford Arms, Great Haywood for a 5 mile walk.  The threatened rain held off as we set off along the Trent and Mersey canal towpath turning at the junction on to the Staffs and Worcester Canal.  We then left the canal at Shugborough and walked on Cannock Chase along the Shugborough Estate boundary before returning to the pub via the Essex Bridge.  We then had a good pub lunch.

Braving the February weather

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March 2018

After a week of melting snow and rain, 18 walkers set off from the Bulls Head at Rosliston for a 5 mile walk through the muddy and wet National Forest.  Luckily the rain held off while we were walking but our leader managed to get disorientated in the wooded area.  However despite this he recovered the situation to complete the 5 miles, albeit different from the planned route.  We got back to the pub on time for a good lunch.

Rosliston Ramblers

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May 2018

On Saturday 5th May 20 members met at The Star Inn, Copmere End, nr Eccleshall for a 5 mile walk.  On a beautiful sunny day the walk took us through lanes, fields and bluebell woods and back to the pub for an excellent lunch.  Many thanks to Jane, Jen and Joyce for a lovely day out.

A beautiful day at Copmere End

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June 2018

On Saturday 9th June 13 members met at the George and Dragon pub at Meaford for a 5 mile walk.  The weather was perfect and the walk took us through fields and lanes to Oulton Village, near Stone, returning via Oulton Heath and the Downs Banks, which is owned by the National Trust, back to the pub for a good lunch.  The photo was taken at the Millennium Stone on the National Trust Downs Banks near Barlaston.

The Millennium Stone near Barlaston

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July 2018

On Saturday 14th July 12 members met at the Summer House Pub at Kingswood near Albrighton for a 5 mile walk.  The walk in very warm weather took us across Kingswood Common and through fields and woods to join the Monarchs Way into Oaken.  We returned via Wrottesley Hall and Old Park for a good lunch at the Summer House.  Many thanks to Christine and Bill for a very nice walk

Walkers in Albrighton

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August 2018

On Saturday 18th August, 10 members met at the Spot Gate Inn for a 5 mile walk.  The walk took us through woods and fields in North Staffordshire to the village of Moddershall, where we had our coffee stop at the duck pond and shared our biscuits with the ducks.  We then returned to the pub via the steep path through Idle Rocks Valley.  We had an excellent lunch in the Pullman Restaurant car, where we were joined by 4 more members.

Feeding the ducks

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September 2018

On Saturday 15th September 23 members met at Oddfellows Hall for a 4.5 mile walk.  The weather was ideal as we walked along the Staffs and Worcester canal at Compton to join the Monarch’s Way for half a mile, before our coffee stop.  We returned to the pub along the old railway line for an excellent lunch.  Thank you Vivian and John for leading your 1st walk.

September Walkers

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October 2018

Heavy rain over night discouraged some of our usual walkers but 9 hardy members met at the Bell Inn, Trysull for a 6 mile walk.  The rain held off although it was breezy, as we walked from the pub through the attractive village of Trysull, then followed the bridle path to Seisdon where we joined the Staffordshire Way.  We crossed fields to the lakes of Pool Farm Fisheries and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, which we followed for a mile before leaving the towpath and returning to the Bell via lanes and fields.

Trysull Trekkers

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November 2018

On Saturday 17th November 30 members met at the Horns at Slitting Mill for a 5 mile walk.  After a misty start the sun came out as we walked from the pub over the Chase to the Birches Valley visitor centre.  Then over more of the Chase passed lakes and trees showing beautiful autumn colours.  Some of the group elected to take a less hilly route back to the pub.  Unfortunately, we had to wait a long time for our meals, which were a bit disappointing in the end.

November Walkers

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December 2018

On Saturday 8th December 19 members met in Sutton Park for a 6 mile walk.  We had a dry, sunny morning and enjoyed the walk through woods open areas and passed lakes in the park.  We then drove to the Crown Pub in Four Oaks for a good lunch.  Thank you to Jane, Jen and Joyce for a lovely day.

By the lake in Sutton Park

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