Walk 20 [7.9 miles] - Knighton & Stowe

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Our 20th and final walk of 2007 took place on a Monday 31st December. Maybe it was the weather or post-Christmas blues or just too much pudding - but we managed to muster 4 brave souls for the walk.

We drove to Knighton and parked in the Offa’s Dyke car par. Then we left to walk briefly alongside the Teme before crossing the railway and leaving Knighton via Kinsey Wood. After crossing a few fields we fetched up at Stowe Church where we started the long ascent, pausing briefly for elevensies at the large pond below Holloway Rocks. Then up to tackle Holloway Rocks. We had a good view of Knighton through the light mist.
Eventually we reached the top and then turned towards the west and the long steady downhill trek to Five Turnings before we made another brief ascent and then joined Offas Dyke path overlooking Knucklas viaduct where we paused for lunch. A light drizzle set in after lunch which made Janet and Graham step out leaving Ian and Diana a poor second. A good walk for all that and enjoyed by the group.


Walk 19 [6.7 miles] - Bucknell Hill & Bucknell Wood

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Norman and Jean led us out of Bucknell via Red Lane and across the back of Bucknell and eventually down to Chapel Lawn Road where a brief stop for a coffee (and fruit cake - thank you Jean) set us up for that hard climb up to the top of Bucknell Wood passing Lower Lye Farm and Vron Farm en route.

The beginning of our long climb

As we climbed the weather got colder and the frost got harder. Eventually we arrived at our highest point where we stopped for lunch.

well wrapped up for lunch

Our route downwards eventually led us into Daffodil Lane and finally home. Many thanks to Norman and Jean for leading this one.


Walk 18 [6.7 miles] - Kempton & Edgton

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The forecast was good and we all set off in 3 cars to Kempton where we started our walk. We were somewhat surprised at the volume of traffic on the farm track during our ascent until a passing convoy alerted us to the fact that there was a pheasant shoot in the area. We continued our ascent where we had glorious views of the surrounding countryside. We then had a gentle descent into Hopesay.

The long descent into Hopesay

We had elevensies shortly after leaving Hopesay accompanied by mince pies provided by Anne Cummings - thank you Anne. We then made another ascent at which time rain threatened to spoil our day. Fortunately it rained quite a bit around us - be we only had a brief shower to contend with.

Rain all around us - and numerous rainbows

We then descended into the village of Edgton where we took the opportunity of putting our guide Colin Cummings (who had been just a little lacking today - more than once Anne put us right) into the stocks.

Colin - in the stocks

Not to be outdone - Mike Starr joined in

We then had a lunch stop where everyone took pity on Ian who'd not read the brief and who only came with a snack, before returning to Kempton. A lovely walk and thank you to Colin, and particularly Anne Cummings for leading it.


Walk 17 [5.9 miles] - Stokesay

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Our walk started from Stokesay Castle. Once again the weather was a bit overcast, but we we still treated to some wonderful views along the valley as we climbed out of Stokesay.
We continued up through View Wood to View Edge farm where we stopped for elevensies. We then made a slow descent through Brandhill Gutter and Aldon Gutter

one of several obstacles we had to negotiate

where the sun came out and made the lunch break even more enjoyable. Finally another steep climb before descending to Stokesay.

In the car park one of our members found a way of keeping mud from falling onto Mike's carpets.

Guess what Norman wants for Christmas?

Everyone agreed that it was a delightful walk with a great variety of terrain and points of interest. Many thanks to Ian Graves for leading.

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