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1 October
Grade: 3
Miles: 5
Leave: 9.30
RTVD: £4.00

Lunch: Picnic

Leckhampton Hill (The 200th walk led for RWG by Chris in nearly 30 years)

Park: Hartley Lane Car Park ( Marked P) (179) 946176

After a steep ascent a long descent on paths and tracks around the base of Leckhampton Hill passing below “The Devil's Chimney” and limestone quarries to the base of Hartley Hill. Gradual ascent to traverse the tops of the hills with superb views to north and west. One steep ascent.

3 October
Grade: 3
Miles: 6
Leave: 9.15
RTVD: £3.00

Lunch: Picnic

The Skirrid - Ysgyryd Fawr

Park: National Trust Car Park at foot of Skirrid on B4521 (OL13) 328164

A fairly steep slope up to the ridge (lovely views on the way up), then a gradual climb to the summit.Then over fields, along a narrow road, wooded and rocky underfoot, Undulationg countryside.

Tuesday
8 October
Grade: 3
Miles: 8
Leave: 9 am
RTVD: £3.40

Lunch: Picnic

Partrishow Church

Park: In the Sugar Loaf car park on the minor road between Forest Coal Pit and Abergavenny. About ¼ mile from Forest Coal Pit, on the right. (OL13) SO291200

A walk taking in the edge of the Black Mountains around Sugar Loaf and the lower reaches of two valleys. Includes a visit to the exquisite 14th century church of Partrishow with its superb screen, wall paintings and shrine to St. Issui. Several stiles (2 stone).

Thursday
10 October
Grade: 3
Miles: 6
Leave: 9.30
RTVD: £3.20

Lunch: Picnic

Dorstone and Merbach Hill

Park: Car park in Dorstone next to the Post Office and opposite The Pandy Inn. (OL13)  SO 314 417
Up to Merbach Hill and then around the north side of the hill before returning via Arthur’s Stone. Wonderful views all around to the Black Mountains, Wye Valley and north into Shropshire.  About 12 stiles.

Tuesday
15 October
Grade: 2
Miles: 7
Leave: 9.30
RTVD: £2.00

Lunch: Picnic

Hartpury

Park: Barbers Bridge. Turn right off B4215 Tibberton turn, then immediate right behind nursery. Leaders will meet group at Barbers Bridge. (OL14) 772222

Barbers Bridge across meadows to Hartpury church. On to Hartpury College passing Rugeley Wood to Catsbury Hill. Lane to Murrell's End and across fields to Barbers Bridge. 10 stiles and one fairly long gentle incline. 10 stiles.

Thursday
17 October
Grade: 2
Miles: 5.75
Leave: 9.30am
RTVD: £1.50

Lunch: Picnic

Blaisdon

Park: The Red Hart Inn GL17 0AH (OL14) 702168. Parking place may change so please contact leaders if your intend to go straight to Blaisdon.

From Blaisdon up into Flaxley Woods, then on to Welshbury Wood returning via Flaxley Church. One or two gentle inclines but generally good sound walking tracks and lanes. About 9 stiles.

Tuesday
22 October
Grade: 3
Miles: 4
Leave: 9.30
RTVD: £1.10

Lunch: Pub

Little Birch and Athelstans Wood

Park: Pilgrim Hotel. (189) 500309

An easy grade 3 via green lane and paths through fields to Little Birch Church and back, with a circular walk round Athelstans Wood from the church. Lunch can be booked at the Pilgrim at 10am so it's ready for our return at lunchtime. Undulating terrain, with one short, steep hill up and down. 10 stiles.

Thursday
24 October
Grade: 3
Miles: 6
Leave: 9.30am
RTVD: £4.30

Lunch: Picnic

Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham

Park: Quarry Car Park, opposite Cleeve Hill Golf Club House. (179)  SO990271

An anti-clockwise walk around the top of Cleeve Hill Common, which is one of the country’s most fascinating and precious limestone grassland habitats. The walk leads through variable countryside including woodlands and grasslands. The first quarter of the walk follows the top of the escarpment with huge views as far as Sugar Loaf about 45 miles away.  Towards the end there are wonderful views to the NE. No stiles.

Tuesday
29 October
Grade: 3
Miles: 5
Leave: 9.45
RTVD: £0.70

Lunch: Morning Walk

Coppet Hill

Park: Goodrich Castle (£3 charge unless you are an English heritage member). (OL14) 577200

Steady climb up, level on ridge then down to the River Wye opposite the Symonds Yat Rocks. Follow the river downstream and back through Goodrich village. No stiles.

Thursday
31 October
Grade: 1
Miles: 6.9
Leave: 9.30
RTVD: £4.00

Lunch: Picnic

Caldicot

Park: Caldicot Castle and Country Park (154) 484886

The route goes under the newer Severn Bridge and can be seen from a lot of angles. Great views of the Estuary including the older bridge and as far as Exmoor on a clear day. We visit the (free) Estuary Railway tunnel and the Victorian Pumping staion Museum. There are many other interesting sights. Optional visit to the Cafe and (free) Castle at the end of the walk. Nothing difficult.

Tuesday
5 November
Grade: 2/3
Miles: 7.5
Leave: 9.30am
RTVD: £2.10

Lunch: Picnic

Ashperton

Park: Ashperton Church Car Park (202) SO 642415 

Tunnel House, Upleadon Court, Gold Hill Farm, Canon Frome with good countryside views. 13 stiles, some awkward.

Tuesday
12 November
Grade: 3
Miles: 5.5
Leave: 9.15
RTVD: £2.40

Lunch: Picnic

St Briavels, Wye Valley

Park: Minor road off A466 just after Bigsweir Bridge (OL14) 537051

Bigsweir Bridge, Lower Meend, St Briavels, Bearse Farm, Slade Valley, Brook Farm, The Fence, Bigsweir Bridge. 2 Climbs, one moderate, other steeper.

Thursday
14 November
Grade: 3
Miles: 6.8
Leave: 9.30
RTVD: £1.00

Lunch: Picnic

Symonds Yat and Doward

Park: Follow lane to Biblins Camp Site on Great Doward. Parking is on right, 200 metres after the lane goes off to the left to Williams Patio’s GR (OL14) 547146

Follow ancient byways and forest tracks past King Arthur’s Cave through the entertainments to Whitchurch Church. Walk past the Ferries and the remains of the industrial heritage to the Biblins Bridge. Through Lords Wood to the settlement, quarry and Seven Sisters rocks. Steps over a stile and 2 short steepish descents.

Thursday
21 November
Grade: 3
Miles: 5.5
Leave: 9.30
RTVD: £3.50

Lunch: Picnic

Olchon Valley and Black Hill

Park: Black Hill car park. (OL13) SO 289328

Easy stroll down country lane to the path ascending the Olchon valley, a steady climb, good path but rocky in places, until reaching open ground at the top of Hatterall Hill. Return via the panoramic, rocky and sometimes steep ridge of Black Hill.

Thursday
28 November
Grade: 3
Miles: 6.8
Leave: 9.30
RTVD: £1.80

Lunch: Picnic

Staunton Stones

Park: Take A4136 from Monmouth park in latby on the left 0.25 miles before Staunton. (OL14) 539124

Mainly easy walking on hard forest tracks. visiting the Suckstone, Near Hearkening Rock, Standing Stone and the Buckstone. We also visit the the interesting village of Staunton. Great views. One short fairly steep climb and a longer more gradual climb. One stile.