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Where we walked in 2016

 PERSHORE & DISTRICT U3A FRIDAY WALKS


January 29th    2016                 ECKINGTON  


Meet:  Wharf picnic area, just after the traffic lights on Eckington Bridge Length 3.5 miles along the River Avon to Birlingham and Nafford Lock  Leader Cynthia Simmonds  


12th February                           ELMLEY CASTLE
Meet: near the Queen Elizabeth in Elmley Castle
Length: 5.25 miles. An easy, mostly flat walk taking in Bricklehampton and Little and Great Combertons with views of Bredon Hill.Leaders: Jo and David Smith


26th February 2016                  WICK


Meet:   Old Bridges car park, Pershore


Length 4 miles. A circular walk around Wick partly on permissive paths, across fields and lanes.


Leader:  Cynthia Simmonds


March 11th                               TIDDESLEY WOOD


Meet:  Tiddesley Wood Nature Reserve Car Park


  Length: 5/6 miles.  An exploration of the many paths through the wood and a bit further afield.  Expect mud.  Leader:  Jenny Brumhead     


March 25th                               GOOD FRIDAY no walk


April 8th                                   MIDDLE LITTLETON


Meet:  Park outside Middle Littleton village hall on School Lane


Length: 5 miles. From Middle Littleton to Cleeve Prior with part of the walk along Shakespeare’s Avon Way .    Leader:  Sue Allard


April 22nd                      Wyre Piddle to Pershore


  Distance:  4 miles easy walking,  no stiles. Leader:  Denis Wager


May 6th  TRENCH WOOD AND ODDINGLY


Meet:  Car park at Trench Wood off Trench Lane
  Length:
 5.5 miles.  Level woodland with an abundance of bluebells and primroses to put a spring in your steps.  A church where a murder took place,  and a stretch of canal.  A few stiles, some a bit challenging.  Leader: Audrey Newstead  


May 20th         EVESHAM


Meet:  Car park just past the cemetery on Waterside, Evesham.   Length:  5 miles to Badsey and back through Aldington , the glorious, historic Vale of Evesham.   Leaders:  Ray Lewis and Tricia Baker  


June 3rd            PERSHORE TO DRAKES BROUGHTON


  Meet: By footpath sign on the left in Gig Bridge Lane. Length: 4 miles over fields to Drakes Broughton where there is an exceptional farming project.   Leader:  Clare Oliver 


Jun 17th            BIDFORD ON AVON   Meet:  Car park south east of roundabout Stratford on Avon
Length: 7 EASY miles Our walk is a circular walk from Bideford on Avon 7 miles of easy walking .The mileage could be shortened !! Leaders:   Alastair and Heather


June 24th            LAURIE LEE WILDLIFE WAY SLAD, NR STROUD  


Meet:   Layby on B4070 at Bulls Cross. 


Length:  6 miles up hill and down dale, with some steep climbs.  A moderate to strenuous walk in one of England ’s most beautiful valleys immortalised in the works of local author, Laurie Lee, where he spent his childhood and is the setting for his autobiographical novel Cider With Rosie.Leader:  Rosemary Davis 


July 1st             ALFRICK   Meet:  St Mary Magdalene Church, Alfrick 


Length:  5 miles.  A walk on the Suckley Hills and along the Leigh Valley , an area quite close to home that we rarely visit.  Leader: Carolyn Harford


  July 15th A WALK TO STRATFORD (not from Pershore!)


Meet:  Milcote Picnic Area (Greenway) on road from Welford to Clifford Chambers   Length:  6.5 miles. A walk to Stratford along the old railway and the River Avon with a break by the theatre. If it has been very wet the river can be avoided. Leaders: Chris Wood and Tony Braddock


July 29th        BURFORD  


Meet:  Free car park near to the Church, follow signs on RHS just after driving through the traffic lights on the bridge over the Windrush.  Suggest that we meet at the far side of the car park  Length:  5 miles.  A lovely walk in the Cotswold countryside.  A few gentle slopes, but no steep hills.  Beautiful views. We will stop at the medieval church of St. Oswald and also see traces of a medieval village, abandoned because of the plague. A bit further than some of our walks, but well worth the drive.  Leader:  Sue Allard     


Aug 12th           ODDA’S CHAPEL 


Meet:  Car park at Odda’s Chapel, Deerhurst.  (Off A38, just south of Tewkesbury ).  There may be a small parking fee.  Length:  3.5 miles.  Odda’s Chapel and Deerhurst Church are both Saxon buildings well worth a visit.  We follow the River Severn to Apperley and come back over fields, which may be muddy after rain. Leader:  Rosemary Davis 


September 23rd              PEOPLETON  


Meet:  In Peopleton.  Please park in the village street, with consideration for the local residents.


Length:   5 miles. A route previously walked in 2009 taking in historic Wolverton Hall on our way towards White Ladies Aston.  Fine views even though this is flat terrain with no serious hills.  Some stiles.Leader:    Rosemary Davis 


October 7th        WEST MALVERNS  


Meet:   Tank Quarry Carpark (free parking) 


Length:  4.5 miles.  An undulating walk north of the Malvern hills to Storridge, crossing the border between Worcestershire and Herefordshire.  Leader:  Claire Oliver


  October 21st                PIRTON  


Meet:   At  Pirton Court, where there is plenty of parking  


Length:  5.5 miles visiting Pirton Church, Pirton Pool, Croome Church and the Wadborough area. Not strenuous, with one gentle incline.  Leaders:  John and Pat Filmer 


November 4th            ELMLEY CASTLE
Meet:    Main Street in Elmley by the Queen Elizabeth pub
Length:  5 miles. This walk takes us through Bricklehampon and Little Comberton with views of Bredon Hill without the climb. Leaders: Jo and David Smith


  November 18th      STONEHALL AND PIRTON 


Length:  4.25 miles. Mostly easy walking in open country, some slopes- one short steep stretch and not many stiles.  Good views on a clear day. Leaders: Robert Rawles and Cynthia Simmonds


December 2nd                 WHITBOURNE  


Meet:  In village, shown as Meadow Green on map but signed from A44 as Whitbourne.  Just off A44 before Bromyard.  Park sensitively in the village, but preferably not by the church .


Length: 5.5 miles. A very attractive area of gentle slopes with some stiles


Leaders:  Tricia Baker and Ray Lewis.


December 16th               CROOME


Meet:  National Trust carpark, Croome


Length:  4 miles, over the Capability Brown landscape to the folly called Dunstall castle.


Leader:  Lynne Raymer 


December 30th               PERSHORE     


Meet:  Pershore Bridges carpark 


Length:  3.5miles for a short, gentle amble to get us back to normality after the excitements of Christmas.Leader:  Rosemary



And now some older ones!

15th January 2010. Walk from Inkberrow “snowed off”

29th January. Annual Walking Group Lunch. Lunch in Pershore without a walk this year, so that non walking spouses can join us.

12th February.  Start from Inkberrow near The Old Bull Inn. GR 014572. Roadside parking. 5 miles to Abbotts Morton and back through gently undulating countryside.                              Leaders Heather Greenhalgh and Claire Oliver

26th February. Start from The Pear Tree Hotel, Smite, WR3 8SY, GR 901589, 4 miles, from Smite and across Brownheath Common and back to the Pear Tree, partly on land owned by the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Lower Smite Farm being their H.Q.  A few stiles and could be muddy in places.                                                           Leader Denis Wager

12th March. A longer, all day, bring packed lunch  9 miles through Bourton on the Hill and Morton in Marsh, with superb views of Sezincote and Batsford, some hills and stiles.                                                         Leader Rosemary Davis

26th March. Start from Hill, GR 987479 Explorer 190. About 4 miles mostly flat, with a few gentle inclines, 5 or 6 stiles.                                                                                                                           Leader Yvonne Hardwick.

9th April. From Beckford Village Hall car park, GR 974356 Approx 5.5 miles through Aston on Carrant and Kemerton, 7 or 8 stiles, an easy walk with some gentle ups and downs.                              Leaders Tricia Baker and Ray Lewis

23rd April. Start in Bredon Village, at the parking area by the river, GR 921373,  4.5 miles via Bredon’s Norton, Westmancote and Kemerton. A few stiles.                                                                                             Leader Sue Allard

7th May, North Worcester, from Perdiswell Sports and Leisure Centre GR 856571 6 mile mainly flat walk along the canal to the Cavalier pub and then across the city to Gheluvelt park followed by a riverside walk to Bevere Lock and back through Claines.                                                                                                                     Leader Gareth Harries

21st May. Start from Beckford Inn lay-by on A46, GR 981354, About 4 miles, Little Beckford, Alstone and Little Washbourne. No real hills, just undulating, about 10 stiles and could be wet/muddy.                                Leader Mike Taylor

4th June. Start from Talbot Hotel, GR734561, about 4.5 miles along the Teme valley to Horsham returning along the Worcestershire Way. 5 stiles, 1 short steepish section. Beautiful scenery and views.            Leader Les Beard

18th June. Bus from Broad Street, Pershore to Wadborough Cross Roads. Walk about 4 miles with 3 stiles through Deerfold Wood to Drakes Broughton and return to Pershore via Gig Bridge.                             Leader Joy Dixon-Smith

2nd July. Start from Tank Quarry car park, off B4232 North Malvern, GR 768470 (Explorer 190). 4½ miles north of the Malverns to Storridge and back via West Malvern with magnificent views over the Worcestershire Plain and the Herefordshire countryside. 4 stiles and several long steep climbs both up and down. Leader Alan Smith

16th July, Worcester Waterways. Start from Worcester Bus station (GR 850553) A circular walk of 4 miles with no stiles and good level footpaths along the river to the Cathedral, across to the Commandery and up the canal to the Cavalier, across the city to Gheluvelt park return along the river by the racecourse.                                     Leader Gareth Harries

30th July. Start from Willersey Church, GR 106396. 6 mile walk with 24 stiles to Dover’s Hill with lovely scenery and good views. 150/Explorer 045.                                                                       Leaders Tricia Baker and Sue Allard

13th August. Start from Old Street free car park, Upton upon Severn, GR 851403. An easy 4 mile walk. O.S. maps Landranger 150/Explorer 190.                                                                             Leaders David and Jo Smith

27th August. From Ashton under Hill church, GR 998377. A 4.5 mile walk, up Bredon Hill to above Beckford and back via Grafton and Paris. O.S. maps Landranger 150/Explorer 190.                         Leaders Denzil and Jenny Devos

10th September. Start from Millennium Wood car park at Stoulton, GR 911491. One short climb, no stiles, about 4 miles. O.S. maps Landranger 150/Explorer 190.                                                 Leaders Edward and Elizabeth Crowther

24th September. Start from the National Trust car park at Hidcote Manor Garden, GR175430A 6.5 mile walk around Meon Hill with few stiles. O.S. maps Landranger 150/Explorer 205.                                         Leader Denis Wager

8th October. Start from Speed The Plough Inn, Tibberton, GR 907578. The walk takes us across meadows, over Shoots Hill to Sale Green, along Trench Wood and back along the canal. 4+ country miles with a few stiles. O.S. maps Landranger 150/Explorer 204.                                                                                                             Leader Les Beard

22nd October. Start from Dairy Lane, Dumbleton, GR 017359, map - Explorer 045. A 4 mile walk round Dumbleton Hill with one short climb, one longish steady climb and some lovely views.                                         Leader Sue Allard

5th November. Start from the lay-by on the A443 on the left just past the turning to Grimley. GR 828605, map - Explorer 204. Easy 5 mile walk through Grimley and along the river to Hallow, returning via Grimley arboretum and fields. One short, steep climb (stepped), 7 stiles.                                                                                             Leader Gareth Harries

19th November. Ivy pub, North Littleton, GR 083473, maps - Explorer 205 or Landranger 150. From North Littleton to Cleeve Prior and back via Middle Littleton. About 4 miles                                  Leaders Tricia Baker and Ray Lewis

3rd December. Start from Lock Lane, Hawford. GR846598, About 6 miles along part of the newly re-opened Droitwich Canal. maps - Explorer 204 or Landranger 150.                                         Leaders Denzil and Jennifer Devos

 17th December. Pershore Mystery Quiz Trail. Start from Pershore Bridges, about 2 miles and about 2 hours -- visiting one of our local hostelries afterwards.

 

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