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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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Offa's Dyke & Hengwm Hill - [3.7 miles]

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14 of us met up for the short drive to the lay-by near the monument above Knighton. We were pleased to welcome visitors Pete & Patsy from Freckleton, Lancashire who joined us for the morning.

We set off and headed south and got onto Offa's Dyke. After about a mile Graham pointed out the Hills of Black Mixen and the Whimble to the west, whilst to our north west there was the small village of Pilleth with the white church of St Mary's and 15th century battlefield burial ground plantation above.

We then turned off Offa's Dyke and climbed Hawthorn Hill to the viewing area and a group photo
The group on Hawthorn Hill

Panorama from Hawthorn Hill
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after which we dropped down the hill towards Whitton and turned off north along the road which skirted Hengwm Hill, then, after a brief moment, turned back towards the Dyke and climbed the side of Cwm-Whitton Hill.
Coming up Cwm-Whitton Hill
Having regained Offa's Dyke we visited the monument to Sir Richard Green Price before returning to our cars.
The group + 1 by the Price monument

above 2 photos courtesy Paul

3.7 miles - shame about the shower (rain that is) but it soon cleared up and it didn't spoil the walk.


Craven Arms, Sallow Coppice, Stoke Wood & Stokesay Castle - [3½ miles]

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Norma very kindly agreed to lead 8 of us from the Secret Hills car park on a warm morning. We set off for Sallow Coppice - full of bluebells and heavy with their scent as we climbed gently up towards Highfield Farm.

We emerged and crossed the fields to Clapping Wicket and took the forestry track through Stoke Wood and then down to Stokesay Castle where we paused for a drink in the churchyard but not before speculating on this overturned 40 tonne crane lying peacefully in a ditch.
An interesting way of parking
Finally we left the churchyard; crossed the busy A49 and returned to the Secret Hills Discovery Centre. Just a little under 3½ miles in a little over 2 hours, and many thanks to Norma for taking us round.


Leintwardine to Adlemoor & return - [5 miles]

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Mike Oliver took 9 of us on a circular walk from Leintwardine leaving via the Herefordshire Trail, being treated to Terry performing a rather spectacular forward half somersault when he tripped over a speed hump. We then walked north west alongside the Clun towards Jay where once across a rather rickety bridge we turned left and made our way to Adley Moor via Adley Moor Common.

It was then another left turn and another frail looking bridge after which we headed south towards the Heronry and thence to Buckton where a final turn took us back towards Clun alongside the River Teme.

5 miles and the longest walk yet for the SWAGS. Many thanks to Mike and Pauline for leading us today.


Bury Ditches - [3¾ miles]

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14 of us met up to set off for the car park at Bury Ditches and we welcome Terry & Jenny Browne who joined us for the first time.

After parking the convoy of cars we stopped at the entrance for a read of the information board. The Bury Ditches hillfort, dates from the 1st millennium BC and is considered to be one of the finest hillforts in Britain. In 1976 the hillfort was really revealed for the first time, following a number of winter storms that removed many of the trees from the top of the hill.

We went through the entrance and headed up Sunny Hill - the main hillfort which we passed through and picked up the Jack Mytton Way which took us towards the second hill Steppleknoll which we walked round before returning along the Jack Mytton Way to the north east edge of the woodland before a final ascent to our start point. 3¾ miles for the round trip.


Harley Estate, Brampton Bryan - [4 miles]

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Mike Oliver kindly lead the group this time and 8 of us set off from Brampton Bryan Parish Hall in rather misty conditions. Mike is a veteran of this walk as he leads one of the walks held every year in May (next one 16th May at 3pm) and was able to give us quite a bit of history and information about the 5000+ acre estate as we progressed.

We passed through Brampton Bryan Park on the public bridleway passing 3 Ponds and Park Cottage on our right then left the public path and branched off to our right and climbed quit steeply. About halfway up Sylvia cried out "Medic!" - so we paused to catch our breath in the growing mist before we continued and then started to swing to our left and Pedwardine Wood - rejoining the public footpath for a while and climbing to our highest point about 1025 feet.

Then the long descent back to the Park and rejoined our outward track.

Just a tad under 4 miles - our longest short walk so far, and grateful thanks to Mike for leading us an making the walk so interesting.

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