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The Short Walk Group of the Bucknell Walkers was formed in February 2010. Walks were planned on a fortnightly basis, ranging in length from 2-5 miles and were on alternate Mondays. The Group disbanded in December 2010.

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Short Walks


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Hopton Titterhill - [3.6 miles]

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It was a gloomy misty morning when 7 of us set off for Hopton Castle for a circuit of Hopton Titterhill. We parked in the Forestry Commission car park then headed to the Larches and Hopton Titterhill. It was a bit muddy underfoot and the final climb to the summit to Hopton Titterhill was just a tad slippery. We stopped for a breather and a warming drink before descending and heading through the woods towards Hopton Castle which has now shed it's protective covering as the scaffolding is taken down.
The rest of the group coming up Hopton Titterhill
We completed the circuit after a long climb back to the car park during which Sylvia had a total sense of humour failure - sorry Sylvia. On the final climb a tantalising glimpse of 2 deer as they bolted away from us into the woods - just a flash of white rump to be seen. We eventually regained our cars after 3.6 miles.


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Bucknell Wood - [4½ miles]

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Mike Oliver kindly agreed to lead 7 members for a walk through Bucknell Wood. We parked on the forestry track and climbed up towards Stow Hill with views across to Caer Caradoc on this beautiful warm and sunny day.

We then took the long descent to Chapel Lawn Road and after a brief walk along the road headed up to the footpath which took us down to the ford at Bridge End Lane and eventually back to our cars. Just over 4½ miles.


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Leintwardine & Buckton - [3.2 miles]

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Mike Oliver kindly lead us on a 3 mile walk in the mist and drizzle across the fields alongside the Clun. We parked by the river and crossed the bridge then over a stile by the Clun.

We stopped after a short while whilst Mike explained the planting of the Millennium Oaks. An avenue of over 60 trees have been planted (I counted them on Google Earth!) at the instigation of Edward Harley and they stretch south westerly from Leintwardine across 2 fields before merging with the hedgerow all the way to Brampton Bryan.

We continued to Buckton where our interest was taken in the beginnings of the restoration of the water wheel at the old mill before we turned back towards Leintwardine.

In spite of the weather a most enjoyable walk of 3.2 miles for the 8 of us who turned up and our thanks to Mike and Pauline for leading us round.


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Hergest Ridge & Offa's Dyke - [3½ miles]

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A cloudy day with the promise of rain didn't deter 12 of us from driving to Kington and setting off west along Offa's Dyke.

Panorama from Hergest Ridge
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After about a mile the group split up and Geri took 4 of the party straight up along the Dyke to the trig point, pausing for a spot of view admiring, refreshment and rests before retracing their steps. Graham took the remaining 6 members along to Bage and down to Upper Hergest turning for home at the Motte & Bailey of Castle Twts. We had to 'move' about 5 young heffers who had taken residence on the footpath, but they obliged and moved along.

It was then a gentle climb to Park Wood and return to the cars via Haywood Common and Haywood Farm. Just under 3 miles - the group that went straight along the Dyke did 3½ miles.


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Black Hill - [3.1 miles]

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9 of us turned up for a Bank Holiday walk round Black Hill.

Panorama from Fiddlers Elbow looking west
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We set off and parked our cars at Fiddler's Elbow and then headed off to join an undulating track which took us round the south eastern corner of Black Hill. The views across the valley to Hopton Titterhill, Wenlock Edge and the Clee hills was breathtaking and made the journey all worthwhile.

Panorama from Black Hill looking south east
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We set off and parked our cars at Fiddler's Elbow and then headed off to join an undulating track which took us round the south eastern corner of Black Hill. The views across the valley to Hopton Titterhill, Wenlock Edge and the Clee hills was breathtaking and made the journey all worthwhile.


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