Walking Programme Archive


Walks from 2011

Programme for January

Monday 3rd January              New Year walk                                              4 miles            Easy
Leave   09.30                          Park  Harewood End Inn, walk leaves at 10 am
GR:     (149) 530270               RTVD  70p                  Lunch: Harwood End Inn                  
Route:            Bridle path to Hoarwithy then back over fields

Thursday 6th January           Forest of Dean                                              4½  miles        Easy
Leave   09.30                          Park  Car park off B4226 just past Speech House GR:  (OL14) 624125       RTVD  £1.60       Lunch: Optional at Speech House
Route:            The Sculpture Trail

Tuesday 11th January           Goodrich to Welsh Bicknor            8 miles            Moderate
Leave   09.30              Park  Goodrich Village, opposite village hall GR:     575196                        RTVD  90p                  Lunch: Picnic
Route:            Along lane to Coppett Hill and on to Welsh Bicknor and Courtfield Monastry.  Down river for a lovely stretch of the Wye Valley Walk.  Opposite Severn Sisters take the long climb up Coppett Hill to return via lane to Goodrich.  Some stiles, 2 long climbs and Coppett Hill.

Thursday 13th January         Black Mountains around Grwyne Fawr     9  miles           Hard
Leave   09.00                          Park  Cark park on Grwyne Fawr reservoir road GR:     (OL13) 253284            RTVD  £4.20               Lunch: Picnic
Route:            A steep ascent through forest to Pen Y Gadair Fawr and on to Waun Fach.  Descend northwards to Blaen Grwyne Fawr and on (to Lord Hereford’s Knob, then back) to trig point and down spur to Blacksmith’s Anvil and descend to car park.  Mountains with steep climb early in the walk.    If weather is inclement another attempt will be made to walk on Thursday 20th January

Tuesday 18th January           Angidy Valley, Tintern                                 5 miles            Moderate
Leave   09.30                          Park  Rt turn at George Hotel, parking area off RHS of this lane
GR:     (OL14) 528002            RTVD  £2.80               Lunch: Picnic – probably back at cars
Route:            Uphill on lanes, paths and tracks to Upper Hale Wood, return alongside Angidy River.  Stiles.

Thursday 20th January         Black Mountains around Grwyne Fawr     9  miles           Hard
See Thursday 13th for details.   Will be walked today if weather is not good enough for walking on 13th January

Thursday 27th January         Chase Wood and Arbour Hill                      4 miles            Moderate
Leave   10.00                          Park  Fernbank Road GR:      (OL14) 563318           RTVD  nil                                                        Lunch:   Morning walk
Route:            Across field to Chase Wood, down to Walford Road across to Arbour Hill and return along old railway.

Programme for February

Thursday 3rd February         Fownhope, Capler Camp                             8 miles            Grade 3
Leave   09.30                          Park  Fownhope Recreation Area GR:     (Ex189) 341578          RTVD  £1.10                                                   Lunch: Picnic
Route:            River walk to Brinkley Hill and then Wye Valley Walk to Capler View, the iron age hill fort of Capler Camp, Paget’s Wood and return to Fownhope.  Several stiles, one steep climb.

Tuesday 8th February           Trellech & Beacon Hill                                 3 miles            Grade 2
Leave   09.30                          Park  Beacon Hill car park GR:     (OL14) 512952            RTVD  £2.30                           Lunch: Optional at Lion Inn, Trellech
Route:   Easy walking, virtually flat along good forest paths.  Two viewing platforms offering good views of Black Mountains and the Wye valley & Severn estuary. 

Thursday 10th February       Forest of Dean - Beechenhurst                   6½ miles         Grade 2
Leave   09.30                          Park  FC car park off B4226, almost opposite Speech House GR:     (OL14) 622124    RTVD  £1.60            Lunch: Picnic
Route:            Some of Sculpture Trail, Trafalgar, Woorgreens Lake.  Forest tracks, 3 stiles.

Tuesday 15th February         Blorenge                                                        7 miles            Grade 3
Leave   09.15                          Park  Foxhunter car park (radio mast) GR:     (OL13) 264107            RTVD  £4.40                  Lunch: Picnic
Route:    Along the ridge to descend steeply to the Punchbowl, then circle the mountain.  If too inclement an alternative will be provided nearer Ross.  Steep descent

Thursday 24th February       Clytha Bettys Newydd                                 7 miles            Grade 3
Leave   09.15                          Park  NT car park off old A40 GR:     (OL13) 360085            RTVD  £3.50                                                   Lunch: Picnic
Route:            Partly on Usk Valley Walk, Clytha Castle to Coed Y Bwnydd and beautiful Bettys Newydd church.  Many stiles

Programme for April

Saturday 2nd April                 Bolstone                                            5  miles           Moderate Leave:  09:30                        Park:   Wide grass verge just north of disused railway bridge GR: (149) 565330       RTVD:  £1.25       Lunch:  Morning walk, optional lunch at Cottage of Content
Route:  Anti-clockwise walk via Hollington Farm, Bolstone Wood, Bolstone & Kilforge Farm using minor roads, farm tracks and field paths.  Some stiles.

Wednesday 6th April             Much Marcle                                      5  miles           Easy
Leave:  09:30              Park:   Woodpeckers, Kempley Road, Much Marcle, park on drive not on road. GR: (149) 658319          RTVD:  £1.25 Lunch  Picnic at Woodpeckers, drinks provided Route:  Hellens, Hallwood Green, Bridges Farm  Daffodils and anemones.  Several stiles.

Thursday  7th April                Crickley Hill                                       9  miles           Moderate
Leave:  09:15                          Park:   Crickley Hill Country Park - £3 fee, all day. GR:  (179) 928163                  RTVD:  £4.60 (inc share of fee)        Lunch  Picnic
Route:  Crickley Hill, Barrow Wake, Coberley, Leckhampton Devil’s Chimmey. 

Tuesday 12th April                May Hill                                              5½    miles      Moderate
Leave:  09.30                          Park:   Huntley Church GR:  (162) 714196                  RTVD:  £1.20                         Lunch  Lunch at the Glasshouse Inn
Route:   Up to May Hill via Gloucestershire Way and Wysis Way, coffee on Hill. 

Wednesday 13th April           Archaeological/Historical Walk Forest of Dean    7 miles  Easy
Leave:  09:00                          Park:   Speculation Car Park GR:  (OL14)    612134            RTVD:  £1.60                         Lunch  Fountain Inn or picnic
Route:  Walk taking in the historical and archaeological interest in the Forest of Dean.  If weather is unsuitable walk will be postponed.   If postponed an alternative walk will take place.

Thursday 21st April               Local   Ross Area                              9 miles            Moderate Leave:  09.30                         
Park:   Meet and park at Country Trail Car Park, Fernbank Road GR:  (OL14) 598231               RTVD:  nil                                           Lunch:  Picnic
Route:        Weston-under-Penyard, Hartleton Lakes, Rudhall, Hildersley back to Fernbank

Tuesday 26th April                The Skirrid                                         3 miles            Moderate
Leave  09.15                           Park   B4521 near Skirrid       GR:  (161) 328164                  RTVD  £2.70                                       Lunch  Optional picnic at end.
Route:       Climb the Skirrid then return via the northern end through the woods to the west.  Although only 3 miles it will take over 2 hours.   Steep climb

Thursday 28st  April              Colwall & Malvern                            7½  miles        Moderate
Leave:  9:30                            Park:   Colwall Station GR:  (190)745424                   RTVD  £2.60                                       Lunch  Picnic
Route:  Colwall Station up onto the Malverns going north to Wyche Cutting (toilets), Worcester Beacon, Evendine.  Hills and 4 stiles.

Programme for May

Thursday  5th May                 Tretower, Bwlch                               7  miles           Grade 3
Leave:  09:15                          Park:   Tretower Castle & Court, off A479 GR:  (OL13) 186213   RTVD:  £4.90                         Lunch  Picnic
Route:  From Tretower to the Gaers and then along Roman Road until the lane above Bwlch. 

Tuesday 10th  May                 Aston Ingham                                    4  miles           Grade 2
Leave:  09:30              Park:  Christchurch Car Park, off B4221 Stoney Road GR:  (162) 686257      RTVD:  £1.00                         Lunch:  Morning walk
Route:  Footpaths to Aston Ingham then via Withmoor with great views on way back.  Many stiles

Tuesday 17th  May                 Forest Coalpit                                   5½  miles        Grade 3
Leave:  09:30              Park:  5 ways by phone box GR:  (OL13) 284212   RTVD:  £4.20                         Lunch:  Picnic
Route:  Across fields to Patricio Church, down to road and up past Upper House ridge.  Along to the Gaer then down to 5 ways.  3 stiles, fairly steep ascents and descents.

Thursday  19th May               Gorsley to Weston Under Penyard    8½  miles    Grade 3           
Leave:  09:00                          Park:   Dalcross  Gorsley GR:     (OL14) 674262            RTVD:  £1.00      Lunch  Picnic at Eccleswall Barn, drinks provided
Route:  Gorsley to Linton and Bollitree via Fording Farm. On to Bury Hill and Eccleswall Barn.

Tuesday 24th  May                 Aconbury Hill              5  miles           Grade 3 Leave:  09:00     Park:  Small car park in Little Birch GR:  (189) 498322                  RTVD:  £1.40 Lunch:  Morning walk, optional lunch at the Axe & Cleaver, please order on your way past the pub to the start.
Route:            Circular walk up onto Aconbury Hill – some steep ascents, but good views.   This is an official ‘Marilyn’ with 360 degree panorama!  
Thursday 26th May                Cradley                                     8½  miles        Grade 3
Leave:  09:30                          Park:   Cradley Church (leaders will meet at start) GR:  735470                           RTVD:  £3.00                         Lunch  Picnic
Route:  Cradley, Mathon, West Malvern, great views.  Stiles and one steep climb.

Programme for June

Thursday  2nd  June              Redbrook to Penalt              5 miles            Grade 2
Leave:  09.30                          Park:   Redbrook car park GR:  536099                                       RTVD:  £1.80                         Lunch  Picnic
Route:       From Redbrook, across the river, along the river bank, steeply uphill to Penalt Old Church. Then across fields and woodland to Argoed. From there returning to river path and back to Redbrook

Tuesday 7th  June                 Bromsberrow                                                5½  miles        Grade 3 Leave: 11.00                           Park:   Bromsberrow Church.  Leave M50 junction 2, take A417 in Ledbury direction for approx. ½ mile.  Take 2nd right to Church, leaders will meet you there.
GR:  (190)743336                   RTVD:  £1.40                                                 Lunch:   Picnic
Route: Bromsberrow estate, up Chase End Hill, over Howler’s Heath (extensive views). 2 steep hills, approx. 6 stiles.

Thursday  9th June                The Skirrid                                                     10 miles          Grade 4
Leave:  08:45                          Park:   Layby at the foot of the Skirrid on B 4521 GR:  (OL13) 328164   RTVD:  £2.70                         Lunch  Picnic
Route:  Up the Skirrid, Pen-yr-Hoel, Pant-y-Tyle, and return around west side of the Skirrid.  Lovely views, some stiles.

Thursday 16th  June Blorenge                                                                    7 miles            Grade 3
Leave   09.15              Park  Foxhunter car park (radio mast)GR:     (OL13) 264107            RTVD  £4.40                                                   Lunch: Picnic
Route:            Along the ridge to descend steeply to the Punchbowl, then circle the mountain.

Friday 17th  June                   Woolhope                                                      3½ miles         Grade 2
Leave   4.30 pm                      Park  Butchers Arms, Woolhope GR:     (189) 616357               RTVD  £1.10   Lunch: Evening walk, optional meal at Butchers Arms
Route:            Lanes & footpaths around Woolhope.  Several stiles and 2 easy climbs

Tuesday 21st June                Ledbury                                                          3 miles            Grade 1
Leave: 09.30                           Park:   Leadon Valley Car Park GR:  (149)698368                   RTVD:  £1.70                                                 Lunch:   The Full Pitcher
Route: River walk alongside Leadon Way, back via Town Trail with detour to visit church.

Thursday 23rd June  Brecon Beacons – Pen Milan & Corn Du              10 miles          Grade 4
Leave:  9.00                                        Park:   Public Car Park on A470 near Storey Arms GR: (OL12) 987199       RTVD:  £6.30                           Lunch   Picnic
Route:  Midsummer mountain walk with a steady climb to Pen-Y-Fan and Corn Du, highest points in South Wales, down over Pen Milan then descend to Modrydd to join the Taff Trail for return.

Thursday  30th June  Oyster Hill, Colwall                                                   5  miles           Grade 3
Leave:  09:15                          Park:   Colwall Church GR:  (109) 739423                  RTVD:  £2.40                                                 Lunch  Picnic
Route:  From Colwall Church, fields and lanes to Oyster Hill, steady, occasionally steep, climbs.  Many difficult stiles.

Programme for July

Thursday 5th July     Brockweir to Bigsweir                                 8½  miles                    Moderate
Leave:  09.30              Park:   Tintern Station   GR: (OL14) 536006   RTVD:  £2.80  Lunch:  Picnic
Route:  From Brockweir  up to St Briavels Castle, down to Bigsweir Bridge & back along the riverbank.  Quite a steady climb up to St. Briavels.

Thursday  7th July                 Pontypool                                          7  miles                       Moderate
Leave:  09:00                          Park:   Star Inn, Mamhilad (opposite church) GR:  (152)305034                   RTVD:  £3.90                         Lunch  Picnic
Route:  From Star Inn up to The Folly, down through Pontypool Park to Pontymoil, back to Mamhilad along the canal.  One steep bank.

Tuesday 12th July                  Bredwardine                                      9  miles                       Moderate
Leave:  09:00              Park:   Bredwardine Church  GR:  335446    RTVD:  £3.60 Lunch  Picnic
Route:  From Bredwardine Church follow Wye Valley Walk up on Merbach Hill (great views).  Descend to Dorstone in Golden Valley before returning to Bredwardine.

Thursday 14th July                English Bicknor                                4 miles                        Moderate
Leave:  09.30                          Park:   Car park by English Bicknor school GR:  (OL14) 581156   RTVD:  £1.10                         Lunch  morning walk only
Route:  Gradual descent via field paths to old Stowfield factory.  Then a lovely walk along the line of the river.  Short section of old railway ben then moderate climb back to cars.  6 stiles.

Tuesday 19th July                      Symonds Yat with Lunch Cruise      5 miles                Moderate
Leave:          09.30                      Park:  Forestry Commission car park Symonds Yat (£3.50) gather by toilets.  GR:                     (OL14) 564158       RTVD £1.50   Lunch: Picnic on river cruise (cost of cruise £5 per person)
Route:       Repeat of last year’s popular walk and lunch cruise.  Walk through Mailscot Wood to Biblins then along river to join short cruise for picnic lunch on board.  No stiles but steep climb back up to Yat Rock.

Thursday  21st July   Ledbury and Eastnor Deer Park                             8½ miles       Moderate
Leave:  09:30              Park:   Homebase, Ledbury (on ring road) GR:  (149) 379700                  RTVD:  £1.70             Lunch  Picnic in Deer Park
Route:  Across country to Parkway then uphill through woods to a ridge with view for coffee.  Continue along the edge of Coneygree Wood and down into Eastnor.  Cross into Eastnor deer park. Walk along the Ridgeway to Netherton Farm then a gentle climb to the obelisk for lunch. 

Tuesday 26th July                  Moseley Green & Mallards Pike                  3 miles            Easy
Leave: 09.45               Park: The Rising Sun Pub, Moseley Green GR: (OL14)  632087          RTVD:  £2.30                              Lunch: Rising Sun Pub - optional
Route:  Paths and tracks around Mallards Pike.  Return to pub and leader will provide celebration drink for milestone birthday.

Thursday  28th July   Putley and Marcle                                                     9 miles            Moderate
Leave:  09:00              Park:   Putley Church  GR:  (189) 646376    RTVD:  £1.90 Lunch  Picnic
Route:  From Putley Church gradual ascent to Marcle Ridge.  Follow Herefordshire Trail to Lower House before returning through lanes, fields and woods to Putley.

Programme for August

Tuesday 2nd August             Kilcot                                                  3 miles            Grade 2
Leave:  09:30                          RTVD:  £1.00             Lunch:  Optional at Kilcot Inn or picnic
Route:  Through Kilcot Wood along country lanes and fields, back through Spring Wood.  Two stiles.

Thursday 4th August           Hereford-Burghill                             8 miles            Grade 3
Leave:  09:15                          RTVD:  £2.10                         Lunch:  Picnic
Route:  From CP across fields/lanes to Burghill village. Return via fields, lanes and tracks, slight inclines to Brienton and Kings Acre.

Thursday 11th August          Clydach Gorge                                  8½ miles         Grade 3
Leave:  09:00                          RTVD:  £3.50                         Lunch:  Picnic
Route:  From remains of Clydach ironworks to canal at Gilwern, then return along the towpath and take steady uphill with good views.   A wealth of industrial archaeology is evident throughout the walk.

Tuesday 16th August                        Hatterall Hill                                       8½  miles        Grade 3
Leave:  08:45                          RTVD:  £3.40                         Lunch:  Picnic
Route:  From Cwmyoy climb steadily up Hatterall Hill.  Along the ridge to descend to Llanthony Priory.  Return along the river Honddu valley to Cwmyoy.

Friday 19th August                Tintern/Devil’s Pulpit                                   5½  miles        Grade 3
Leave:  09:00                          RTVD:  £2.90             Lunch  Picnic or pub at end of walk
Route:  Tintern Abbey, along disused railway.  Climb through Black Morgan Wood to Offa’s Dyke path.  Descend  through Caswell Wood.  Good climbs, great views

Tuesday 23rd August                        Woolhope & Sollers Hope               5  miles           Grade 3
Leave:  09:30                          RTVD:  £1.25             Lunch:  The Crown, Woolhope
Route:  South from Woolhope through orchards, fields and lanes to Sollers Hope Church.  Return via Alford’s Mill.  Attractive rolling countryside.  Quite a lot of high stiles.

Thursday 25th August          Ross   Round                                                9½    miles      Grade 3
Leave:  09:30                          RTVD:  Nil                                          Lunch:  Picnic
Route:  Half Ross Round, the hilliest part of Ross Round.  Through Penyard Woods to Parkfields, Deep Dean, Howle Hill, back to Ross via Home Farm.  Two steep climbs.

Tuesday 30th August            Cream Tea at Broome Farm      5½ miles          Grade 2
Leave:          14.00                  Park:      Wilton Car Park RTVD           nil                        Cream Tea:        At Broome Farm £5. 
Route:            Down River to Weir End and Peterstow. On to Broome Farm for Cream Tea (£5).  Return via Bridstow and Wilton Castle.

Programme for September

Thursday 1st September      Cefn Coed/Morlais/Merthyr History & Archaeology 8+ miles  Grade 3
Leave:          08.30                  Park:      Free Car Park in Cefn-Coed-y-Cymner, Merthyr Tydfil
GR:  (OL12) 031081  RTVD£5.50        Lunch:  Picnic at Morlais Castle, by drink at Golf Club
Route:         Via River Tach Fechan to Pantsam Viaduct, Morlais Castle visiting sites of historical and archaeological interest. Return on other river bank.   Much of walk on tramways and Taff Trail.  One short steep climb using hand holds out of a quarry which makes it Grade 3.

Tuesday 6th September                       Abbey Dore                                                  8  miles      Grade 3
Leave:  09:30              Park:   East side of B4347 south of lych gate facing south GR:  386302               RTVD:  £2.60 Lunch:  Picnic or pub
Route:  Meadow tracks and woodland paths, one stony awkward descent, 22 stiles. Landscape quintessentially Herefordshire.

Tuesday 13th September                  Mitchell Troy                                     3½  miles        Grade 3
Leave:  09:30                                      Park:   Church GR:  (OL14) 492102   RTVD:  £1.80  Lunch:  Picnic + optional garden centre ‘top up’.
Route:  Mitchel Troy village, Craig-y-dorth, Mitchel Troy Common and back to village.  Steep climb and many stiles.

Thursday 22nd September    Brecon Beacons – Pen Milan & Corn Du     10 miles      Grade 4
Leave:  9.00                            Park:   Public Car Park on A470 near Storey Arms GR: (OL12) 987199                RTVD:  £6.30                         Lunch   Picnic
Route:  Midsummer mountain walk with a steady climb to Pen-Y-Fan and Corn Du, highest points in South Wales, down over Pen Milan then descend to Modrydd to join the Taff Trail for a gentle walk back to the cars.

Friday 23rd September                      Hoarwithy & Sellack                         5  miles           Grade 2
Leave:  09:30                                      Park:   New Harp Inn GR: 546293                                        RTVD:  £0.60             Lunch:  New Harp Inn
Route:  A circular walk starting from Hoarwithy with a visit to Sellack Church and along the Wye.

Tuesday 27th September                  Gorsley                                              5½  miles        Grade 3
Leave:  09:30                                      Park:   Shaw Common (leaders will meet there) GR:  (OL14) 692278                           RTVD:  £1.30             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:  Haywood, Brockmore Lane, North Pole Lane, under M50 to Dymock Forest, Kempley Road.  Join Daffodil Way , Betty Daws Wood, Holly Bush, Kempley Road, Shaw Common.  A few stiles and a steep descent from Haywood.

Thursday 29th  September               Credenhill                                          8  miles           Grade 3
Leave:  09:00                                      Park:   Car Park off Roman Road, Credenhill GR:  (202)455440           RTVD:  £2.90                 Lunch:  Picnic
Route:  Around Credenhill Park Wood and then across fields to Tillington Common.  Tranquil paths around the wood and beautiful views of Wales from the Iron Age hill fort.  Some steep sections

Programme for October

Tuesday 4th October             Blaenavon                                                      6 miles            Moderate
Leave:  09:00                          Park:   Opposite Blaenavon Heritage Centre RTVD:  £4.50                         Lunch:  Picnic
Route:  A Guided Walk beginning with an introductory talk.  From Blaenavon a journey through the industrial past of the area. 

Thursday 6th October           Dorstone & Bredwardine                             6 miles            Hard
Leave:  09:30                          Park:   Car Park by Dorstone Post OfficeRTVD:  £3.30                         Lunch:  Picnic                        Route:  TBD

Saturday 8th October                        Woolhope                                          3½   miles       Moderate
Leave:  09:30              Park:   The Crown, Woolhope     RTVD:  £1.10        Lunch:  Optional at Pub
Route:  Lanes and footpaths around Woolhope.  Several stiles

Tuesday 11th October                     Penyard Circuit                                 6½  miles        Hard
Leave from Fernbank:  09.30           Park: Fernbank                                  Lunch: Picnic
Route: Over Merrivale Woods to Coughton Valley.  Up to Paddock Farm with view back to Black Mountains.  Back over Penyard Hill to Ross via Lawns Farm.  Initial steep climb, approx10 stiles.    
Thursday 13th October                    Highnam                                            6 miles        Moderate
Leave:   09.30                                     Park: RSPB car park on left hand side of A40. RTVD:  £2                                          Lunch: Picnic
Route: Through RSPB Reserve, Highnam, Lassington, return via Rodway Hill.  Views if clear. 

Tuesday 18th October                     Lydbrook & Sallowvallets                4½  miles        Hard
Leave:             09.30                           Park: Past Jovial Collier pub first left RTVD:   £1                                         Lunch: Picnic
Route:          Forest tracks and paths.  Along former railway tracks and through woodland plantation. 

Thursday 20th October                    Vowchurch                                        7 miles            Hard
Leave:   09.30             Park: Church at Vowchurch.    RTVD:  £2.50           Lunch: Picnic
Route: Foothpaths and stiles through fields and woodland and great views from Vowchurch Common. 

Tuesday 25th October                       Llangrove                                           5½  miles        Hard
Leave:  09:15              Park:   The Royal Arms, Llangrove RTVD:  £1.10    Lunch:  The Royal Arms
Route:  After walking through the village a circular walk on footpaths, tracks and a few short lanes.  Undulating with good views.  5+ stiles with no steep hills

Thursday 27th  October                    Ruardean                                           5½  miles        Hard
Leave:  09:15  Park: Royal Spring Inn, Vention
RTVD:  £1                                          Lunch:  Optional Picnic or Pub lunch
Route:  From Royal Spring Inn  along the Lodgegrove Valley, to Ruardean using mostly old tram roads.  One long climb up to Ruardean and several gates & stiles.

Programme for November

Tuesday 1st  November                    Black Hill                                7½   miles                   Moderate
Leave:  09:15                          Park:   Black Hill car park GR:     288328                                    RTVD:  £3.90             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:   Climb up Black Hill then along Offa’s Dyke path. 

Thursday 3rd November       Mordiford                                     6 miles                                Moderate
Leave:  9.15                         Park:    Public Park above Mordiford / Dormington Road
GR:   (149) 578385              RTVD:  £1.70                Lunch: Possible pub lunch after walk
Route:  "Did Clouds Frome exist?"  Via Prior’s Court up Backbury Hill, then via Checkly and down the Pentaloe Brook to join Mordiford Loop.  Back along ridge to car park.  Good views.

Tuesday 8th November                     Eastnor                                  5½   miles                   Moderate
Leave:  09:30                          Park:   Ledbury town car park GR:  712379                                       RTVD:  £1.60             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:  Town Trail around Ledbury, Conigree Woods & Eastnor Castle

Thursday 10th November                 Little Doward - Ganerew         7½   miles                Moderate
Leave:  09:30                          Park:   Verge by Little Doward Woodland Trust GR:     (OL14) 533162                        RTVD:  £1.10             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:  Wyastone Deer park to King Arthur’s Cave.  Descend to Biblins Bridge and then along river.  Return through Woodland Trust passing preserved lime kiln.

Tuesday 15th November                   Lowbands                              4½ miles                     Easy
Leave:  09.30      Park: Layby on A417 just beyond the Rose & Crown Pub, Playley Green.
GR:  (190) 764313               RTVD:  £2.00                Lunch:  Picnic or Pub if required
Route:  Circular walk on quiet lanes and good tracks, taking in Gadfield Elm Chapel & Chartist Cottages.  Good views towards Stanton.

Thursday 17th  November                Raglan & Penrhos                  7½  miles                  Moderate
Leave:  09.15                                      Park:   Raglan Castle £1 donation per car    GR:     (OL14) 415083          RTVD:  £2.60             Lunch:  Picnic
Route:  Lanes and fields to Tregaer church, then to Penrhos church. Return through fields to Raglan Castle.  Some gentle gradients, difficult fields, many stiles

Tuesday 22nd November                  Mordiford                               4 miles                        Moderate
Leave:  09.30                                      Park: Swardon Quarry Picnic Place GR:  (189) 579386                  RTVD:  £1.50 Lunch:  Picnic or Pub if required
Route:  Circular route from Mordiford  - Broom Green and Bear’s Wood. 11 Stiles, 1 Kissing Gate, 1 set of steps, some steep inclines and narrow paths.

Thursday 24th  November                Newnham                                           6 miles            Moderate
Leave:  09.30                                      Park: Newnham riverside GR:     693118                                    RTVD:  £1.70                         Lunch:  Picnic
Route:  From Newnham along river then up to Blaize Bailey via fields & tracks returning via woodland & fields.  Some stiles

Programme for December

Thursday 2nd December                   Round the Houses                            4½ miles         Easy
Leave   09.30                                      Park  Wilton    RTVD  Nil                   Lunch: Picnic
Route:            A tour of hidden routes around Ross from Wilton car park.  3 ‘mystery’ hosts will provide drinks at coffee, lunch and tea time.  Please bring your picnic and slippers.  Easy walking

Wednesday 8th December    Waterfalls and Valley Views                        3½ miles         Easy
Leave   09.30                          Park  FC car park at Whitestones
GR:  525029                                       RTVD  £2.40               Lunch: Optional at Sloop Inn after walk
Route:            Follow the lower Wye valley enjoying 4 viewpoints and visiting the Cleddon Falls.  No stiles

Thursday 16th December     Around Gorsley for a 2 part walk, options are to take either or both:                                                   Morning - 4½ miles Moderate,        Afternoon - 4 miles Easy
Leave   09.30              Park   Gorsley (coffee supplied before start)
GR:     (OL14) 674262            RTVD  £50p                Lunch: Picnic at Dalcross, drinks provided
Morning Route:  Gorsley Common to Linton.  Descend to west of Linton ridge and climb to Linton Hill.  Via Little Gorsley to Dalcross for picnic lunch indoors!   Hills and usual countryside.
Afternoon Route: Linton Hall to Gorsley Court then Hay Wood.  Return by lanes and paths near Steelworks Farm to Oxlodge Wood and Dalcross. 





















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