Walking Programme Archive


Walks from 2009

Programme for May 2009

Tuesday 5th May                    Bluebell Walk, Penyard Woods,     3 miles,   Easy
Leave:          5.00 pm (From Fernbank)           Supper:             Fish & Chips - Audrey’s, Tudorville
Route:         An ascent into Penyard Woods which will be taken at a leisurely pace to enable all members to enjoy the bluebells.  Followed by fish and chips from Audrey’s.

Wednesday 6th May              Much Marcle,             4½ miles, Easy
Leave:          10.00 am            Lunch:   Slip Inn (order before walk)
Route:         Visit the church and the famous yew tree.  Then by field paths ascending towards the mast, with panoramic views all round.

Thursday 7th May                  Rushock Hill – Kington,             9 miles,  Moderate
Leave:          8.45 am              Lunch:   Picnic
Route:         Leave Kington on Offa’s Dyke Path north up Bradnor Hill, to Rushock Hill. The route takes in Knill Carraway Woods to return to Rushock Hill and Kington.  Hills and stiles     

Tuesday 12th May                  Forest of Dean                            4½ miles,              Easy
Leave:          9.30 am              Lunch:   Optional Picnic /Cafe at end                  
Route:         A gentle stroll following the Sculpture Trail.  4 gentle climbs, no stiles.

Thursday 19th May                Two loops around Titley           9 miles,  Moderate
Leave:          8.45 am              Lunch:   Picnic
Route:         Footpaths to Stansbatch and return to cars for coffee.  Then over the Knill Garraway ridge and down through the woods via Knill Bridge and Little Brampton. 

Tuesday 26th May                  Fan Fawr & Fan Frynych           7½ miles          Hard

Leave:          8.15 am              Lunch:   Picnic
Route:         From Storey Arms, ascend Fan Fawr (2409’) by direct route.  Cross plateau slightly west of north for Craig Cerrig-gleisiad (2060’), then on to Fan Frynych (2063’).  Down ridge to Twyn Dylluan-ddu, then back along wall to picnic site on A470. 

Thursday 28th May                Upton-upon-Severn and Hanley Castle             5 miles,  Easy

Leave:          9.15 am              Lunch:   optional at pub or cafe in Upton

Route:         A flat walk around Upton-on-Severn, through low lying meadows and orchards and passing the remains of Hanley’s Castle, before returning alongside the river to Upton-on-Severn.  13 stiles.

Saturday 30th May                 Waterfalls near Ystradfellte           10 miles,      Hard
Leave:          8.30 am              Lunch:   Picnic
Route:         Exhilarating and beautiful walk along the Rivers Mellte Hepste and Nedd Fechan which plunge over numerous small, and large waterfalls, one of which we walk behind – Swed Y Eira.  There will be time to stop and admire the falls and take photographs.  Several short, steep ascents and descents with sections over rocky terrain.  Bring you cameras and walking poles could be useful.

Programme for June 2009

Tuesday 2nd June               Croft Ambrey and Yarpole     9 miles   Moderate                                            Grade 3
Leave:        8.45 am             Lunch   Picnic
Route:        From Orleton across the top of Bircher Common and through the forest to reach Croft Ambrey with extensive views.  Descend down Fishpool Valley to Croft Lodge and on to Yarpole.  After picnic go to Bircher and between Oaker Coppice and Bircher Coppice to Orleton.  Hills and one stile.

Tuesday 9th June               Taynton and Glasshouse      4 Miles   Easy
Leave:        9.30 am             Lunch:  Optional at Glasshouse Inn.  Order at pub before walk.
Route:        Relatively easy walk offering good views.  Through fields, woodland paths and lanes around Taynton, then via Coles Barn, Greencroft Farm and Byfords Farm, then via Castle Hill Wood and back to the cars.  9 stiles.

Saturday 13th – Sunday 21st June             Herefordshire Walking Festival
Details of the walks are in the Festival Walking Programme which is available from the Tourist Information Centre, Swan House.

Thursday 18th June           Redbrook – Newland              5 miles            Moderate
Leave:        9.30 am             Lunch:  Picnic or at The Boat, Redbrook
Route:        Fairly steep climb through woods to Newland.  Visit the church.  Gradual descent through fields to Redbrook.   Several stiles.

Tuesday 23rd June             Monnow Valley 7 – Clodock to Blackhill     6½ miles  Moderate
Leave:        9.00 am             Lunch:  picnic
Route:        From Clodock follow Monnow Valley through Longtown to Pontynys along valley to Llanwonnog Farm, crossing river to Pontymoody and on to Cwm Farms before re-crossing river and climbing to Little Black Hill car park.  Many stiles and bridges. Steady climb up Black Hill. 

Thursday 25th June           Fownhope and Mordiford      5½ miles         Moderate
Leave:        9.15 am             Lunch:  Optional at Bunch of Carrots (GR 550382)
Route:        Join the Wye Valley Walk and follow the valley between Haugh Wood and Bagpiper’s Tump.  From here there are good views over the Wye.  Climb gradually to reach the ridge and follow this back over the old Hill Fort to return to Fownhope.  Few stiles, reasonable paths and 2 gradual climbs. 

Tuesday 30th June             Blaize Bailey, Forest of Dean    3 miles        Easy

Leave :       9.30 am             Lunch:  Hope to collect Fish & Chips to have as a picnic after walk. 

Route:        Forest tracks.  Steady uphill to viewpoint, then fairly level with some up and down.  Downhill to car park.  No stiles.

Programme for July 2009

Thursday 2nd July              Vagar Hill & Snodhill Castle  7½ miles         Moderate
Leave:        9.30 am             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        Walk past communications tower and along Vagar Ridge (great views of Black Hill, Hay Bluff etc).  Then by paths, farm tracks and minor roads down to Snodhill Castle ruins.  Return by similar paths up long gradual ascent.  Some stiles.

Tuesday 7th July                 Ewyas Harold / Abbey Dore   7 miles          Moderate
Leave:        9.15 am             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        From Abbey, climb crossing fields and paths to Ewyas Harold Common.  Following paths and lanes to Hollingwood Farm on to Bacton Church. From Bacton cross River Dore to Moorhampton Bridge.  Follow River Dore to return to Abbey.  Initial steep ascent and many stiles.

Tuesday 14th July               Craig-Y-Nos, Cribarth & Henrhyl Far   8½ miles    Hard

Leave :       8.30 am             Lunch:  Picnic

Route:        Glyn Tawe, the upper reaches of the Swansea Valley & the southern fringes of the Black Mountains.  The walk includes open mountainside, former quarrying activities, woodland, riverside, a narrow ravine and the highest waterfall in South Wales.  Several ascents and descents and excellent views.  Several stiles. Bring cameras.

Thursday 16th July             Monnow Valley 8 – Black Hill – Chwarel Ddu 6 miles Moderate

Leave :       9.00 am             Lunch:  Picnic

Route:        From Black Hill car park, follow the contours of the River to cross a bridge near Craswell.  From Craswell, along the contours of the valley via Pentwyn, Coed Major to Chwarel Ddu and the car park at stone circle.  Many stiles and steady climbs.  Wonderful views and waterfalls. 

Tuesday 21st July               Brockhampton/Bringsty Common  7 miles   Moderate
Leave:        9.15 am             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        from the top of Bringsty Common with wonderful views and on to Bromyard Downs passing Lower Brockhampton.  Many points of historical interest.  7 stiles.

Thursday 23rd July             Huntley                                                                 5 miles          Moderate
Leave:        9.30 am             Lunch:  Optional either Garden Centre or Red Lion Pub, Huntley after the walk  
Route:        A walk on Glasshouse Hill and Huntley Hill.  Views of Cotswolds and Malverns.  Opportunity to visit Huntley Garden Centre after the walk.  A few stiles and gentle climbs.  

Thursday 30th July             Fan Nedd & Fan Gihirych      9 miles            Hard
Leave:        8.15 am             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        Ascend Fan Nedd (2176’ by direct route up SE/S ridge.  Follow NW/N ridge down to Bwlch y Duwent, then west to Fan Gihirych (2379’).  Return via Bwlch y Duwunt, then along wall to Llech Llia and road to car park. 

Programme for August 2009

Tuesday 4th August           Sellack and Hoarwithy            5½ miles         Easy
Leave:        10.00 am           Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        Pick up the Herefordshire Trail to Sellack, cross the Wye and picnic at Hoarwithy Church.  Climb up towards Hentland, back down to cars.  A few stiles.
                     Leaders will meet walkers at parking place

Thursday 6th August         Llangorse                                   9+ miles               Hard
Leave:        08.45 am           Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        Steady climb on to Mynydd Llangorse.  Descend via Blaen-Y-Cum-Uchaf, Cilfaenor, Ffynnon Las.  Return by Pen-YR-Hoel.  Fantastic views - bring camera.

Tuesday 11th August         Monnow Valley – The Final Section
                                                Circular Walk Hay-on-Wye to Chwarel Ddu    7 miles                     Moderate
Leave:        8.45 am             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        Last section of Monnow Valley Trail, from Hay-on-Wye following Offa’s Dyke Path to Chwarel Ddu, returning for celebration tea in Hay-on-Wye.  Wonderful views.  Stiles and some steep climbs.     

Thursday 13th August       Forest of Dean        - Blaize Bailey                     5½ miles  Moderate
Leave:        9.30 am             Lunch:  Optional Picnic /Cafe at end             
Route:        Along riverside by lakes & field tracks up Dean Hill, cross to Blaize Bailey & return. Walk will be at a gentle pace.  Views, stiles, long gentle climb, 1 short, steep climb.

Thursday 20th August       Brecon Beacons Horseshoe                                                   8+ miles            Hard
Leave:        8.45 am             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        Cross the valley below reservoir, then steep climb onto Graig Fan Ddu Ridge.  Three peaks – Corn Du, Pen Y Fan & Cribyn.  Return by the Roman Road.  Bring your camera.

Saturday 22nd August        Sugar Loaf/Mynydd Pen-Y-Fal                           7 miles     Moderate
Leave:        9.15 am             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        Climb up Sugar Loaf in SW direction, leave summit in SE direction down to valley then return by Deri/Allt, Cai-Drain, Great Gett and Blaenaway to cars. Some stiles and 1600 feet of uphill climb

Thursday 27th August       Welsh Bicknor & Coppet Hill                              7½ miles                     Moderate

Leave:        9.30 am             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        Down to W
elsh Bicknor and River Wye.  Follow River below Yat Rock then climb up Coppet Hill -fine views. Drop down to Goodrich.  Some stiles and steep (downhill) steps towards end of walk.  Leaders will meet walkers at parking place.

Programme for September 2009

Thursday 3rd September  May Hill                                                                     9+ miles                     Moderate
Leave:        9.00 am             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        Gorsley via Kilcot to May Hill, return via Aston Ingham.  Stiles and hills. Leaders will meet walkers at Dalcross.

Tuesday 8th September    Newent                                                                      7½ Miles          Easy
Leave:        9.15 am             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        Easy walk, virtually flat with fine views, along traffic free lanes and through Hay Wood. Back by Hereford Gloucester Canal towpath. 2 stiles.

Tuesday 15th September  Backney & Brampton Abbotts                           5 Miles              Easy
Leave:        9.15 am             Lunch:  Hope and Anchor
Route:        Along River and back through Brampton Abbotts. One short, sharp climb.

Thursday 17th September               Taff Trail 1 – Castell Coch - Pontypridd                                               9 miles                     Moderate
Leave:        8.00 am             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        Bus to Tongwynlais (bring bus pass for half fare transport).  Climb to Castell Coch, then old railway routes to Pontypridd. Transport organised at Wilton Car Park.

Tuesday 22nd September Peterchurch                                                             4½ miles  Moderate
Leave:        9.30 am             Lunch:  Optional at Boughton Arms
Route:        Easy, undulating walk on paths and back lanes, rising gently for views of distant hills and mountains.  11 stiles + 2 stile bridges.

Thursday 24th September               Grwyne Fawr Valley                               5½ miles  Moderate
Leave:        9.30 am             Lunch:  picnic
Route:        Through forest past Crug Mawr to Patricio Church, return past Tabernacle Chapel and descend to one mile walk along road to cars.  Fairly steep climb, a ford and stiles.

Wednesday 30th September           Grwyne Fawr Valley                               7½ miles  Moderate
Leave:        9.30 am             Lunch:  picnic
Route:        Ascend to Ffawyddog Fawr, then Bali Mawr and Chwarel Y Fan.  Return via Blaen-y-cwm and Cefn-coed.   Two steep ascents.

Programme for October 2009

Thursday 1st October        Bixlade Tramroad Trail                                         3 miles             Easy
Leave:        9.30 am             Lunch:  Optional pub after walk
Route:        Forest of Dean Local History Society Bixlade tramway. Mines and quarries from the industrial past.  No stiles – long uphill stretch taken slowly.

Tuesday 6th October          Taff Trail 2 – Pontypridd – Troed-y-rhiw             10 miles           Easy
Leave:        8.15 am             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        9.45 train from Troed-y-rhiw to Pontypridd (bring your rail card). Walk out of town to old tramroad through Quakers Yard, joining canal tow path at Pont-y-gwaith to Troed-y-rhiw.  Transport will be organised at Wilton Car Park.

Thursday 15th October      Tidenham Chase                                                    7 miles     Moderate
Leave:        9.30 am             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        Relatively easy walk with extensive views of the Severn Estuary and River Wye and Wintours Leap.  Many stiles.

Thursday 22nd October     Llangrove                                                                 6 miles       Moderate
Leave:        9.30                   Lunch:  Picnic
Route:         To Tredunnock, Much Birch and Treworgan.  Stiles and ups and downs.

Thursday 29th October      Red Marley, Ketford & Dymock                          9 miles       Moderate
Leave:        9.00                   Lunch:  Picnic
Route:         Much of Poets Path No. 1 – Cobhill Rough, Durbridge, Ketford, Dymock and Ryton. Gently undulating with a few stiles.

Programme for November 2009

Tuesday 3rd November     Clehonger                                                                4 miles       Easy

Leave :        9.30 am             Lunch:  optional at Comet Inn, Madley

Route:        Gently, undulating walk with good views of River Wye, rising to ridge between Ruckhall and Clehonger.  8 stiles, 2 stile bridges.

Saturday 7th November     Little Doward                                                           5 miles       Moderate

Leave :        9.30 am             Lunch:  optional Whitchurch at end of walk

Route:        Wyastone Deer Park to King Arthur’s Cave and Seven Sisters.  Descend to Biblins Bridge along river, return through Woodland Trust passing preserved Lime Kiln.  Fairly steep gradients.

Tuesday 10th November   Forest of Dean - Joyford                                      4½ miles    Moderate

Leave :        9.30 am             Lunch:  Dog & Muffler (order before walk)

Route:        via Wysis Way to Carter’s Piece, then Nine Wells Way and back to Dog & Muffler. A few stiles and a modest climb.

Wednesday 18th November            Trellech (social amble before lunch)                            2 miles          Easy

Leave :        10.15 am                         Lunch:        optional at Comet Inn, Madley

Route:         It is not at all wet.  Good level forestry path designed especially for exercise.  No stiles, no steep hills.  Ideal for walkers with knee problems etc!!  Optional short historical tour of Trellech after lunch to Harold Stones, Tump & Well - about 1 mile – level.

Tuesday 24th November   Mitchel Troy                                                             5 miles       Moderate

Leave :        9.15 am             Lunch:  optional at garden centre

Route:        Steady climb to Trellech Road, then the Craig and on to Chapel Farm. Descend to cars.  Numerous stiles and gates that do not open.

Thursday 26th November       Forest of Dean - Joyford                                6½ miles    Moderate

Leave :        9.00 am                   Lunch:         Optional at Dog & Muffler

Route:        via English Bicknor - Mailscot Wood - Hillersland.  Stunning views if we are lucky.  Couple of short steep climbs & stiles but otherwise quite easy.  One ancient church

Programme for December 2009

Tuesday 1st December     Redbrook and Penallt             8 miles                 Moderate
Leave:        9.00 am             RTVD    £1.50            Lunch:   Picnic / Snack at Boat Inn
Route:        Redbrook to Cadora Wood, views across Wye Valley.  Return for lunch. Riverside path to Penallt Church, Common & woods. Steep climb on either side of valley. Some stiles.

Thursday 3rd December   Hasfield & Ashleworth            9 miles                 Moderate
Leave:        9.00 am             RTVD    £2.00                              Lunch:            Picnic
Route:        Via Corse Wood Hill, Hasfield, Ashleworth Quay and Foscombe.
Tuesday 8th December     Peterstow & Bridstow             5½ miles              Easy
Leave:        9.30 am             RTVD    £0                 Lunch:  Optional at pub at the end
Route:        Down River to Weir End and Peterstow. Return through apple orchards via Bridstow Church, past Wilton Castle to cars.  Several stiles    

Thursday 10th December Round the Houses                                                4½ miles          Easy
Leave Fernbank Car Park:  9.45 am                   RTVD   £0   Lunch:        Picnic                            
Route:        A tour around the hidden lanes of Ross from Fernbank Car Park.   3 ‘mystery hosts’ will provide drinks at coffee time, lunch and tea time.   Please bring your slippers and a drinks mug along with your picnic!  Easy walking in stout shoes – no need for sticks!  No stiles only kissing gates!

Thursday 17th December Gorsley and Linton                  4½ miles         Moderate
Leave:        9.30 am                            RTVD £0.75         Lunch:   Picnic at Dalcross
Route:        Gorsley Common to Linton. Over Ridge and climb Linton Hill. Return via Little Gorsley




















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