Walk 16 [7¼ miles] - Leintwardine & Mocktree

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Seven of us made it for our 16th Walk took place on Monday 22nd October 2007. We drove to Leintwardine and walked out along Rosemary Lane then took a long ascent.

The long ascent out of Leintwardine

Unfortunately the weather wasn't very kind but we still had grand views looking back into the village before we arrived at the summit and began what turned out to be a long anti-clockwise tour. We crossed the Ludlow road at Mocktree. During our descent we spied a long red kite which slowly circled directly above us before heading east in the direction of Leintwardine. After lunch we resumed our descent and once again the red kite made an appearance, but not before we were given a thorough inspection by a flock of sheep.

Who are these strange people?

Eventually we crossed the Clungunford road and returned to Leintwardine alongside the Clun - a real treat to spot a dipper in the shallows on a bend in the river. Thanks to Mike and Beryl Starr for leading the walk - 7¼ miles took us 4 hours.


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Walk 15 [7½ miles] - Hopton Titerhill

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Nine of us gathered on a beautiful morning and we strode purposefully out of Bucknell along Bridge End Lane. We then climbed steadily until we we greeted by that lovely view along the valley.

Admiring the view along the valley towards Chapel Lawn

Shortly after this we were 'allowed' our elevenses before continuing our climb. We passed a group of workers harvesting pine cones and stopped for a brief chat before finally arriving at Hopton Titerhill for our lunch break. Then we foolishly believed our leader Diana who said it was downhill all the way home. Seriously, we all had a great walk, about 7½ miles in all and look forward to the next walk in 2 weeks time. Many thanks to Diana Meanley for organising this weeks walk.


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Walk 14 [7.2 miles] - Bucknell Wood, Stowe & Weston

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8 of us set out on our 14th walk which took place on Monday 24th September. Heavy rain the previous night forced a rethink of the route, and it was decided to re-visit our first walk but this time extending the walk to Stowe village. The weather when we emerged from Bucknell Wood was not very pleasant, and our elevensies were somewhat rushed.
But after a windy and wet crossing to the top of Holloway Rocks the weather cleared and we admired the spectacular view down into Knighton. We took advantage of the sun to have a lunch stop by Stowe church before climbing up through the woods and down into Weston.


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Walk 13 - Bury Ditches

Nothing unlucky about walk number 13 which took place on Monday 10th September. The weather was great and the walk from Clunton ending up at Bury Ditches was just the job to set us up for lunch at the Crown.

photos courtesy Ian H-C

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Walk 12 [7½ miles] - Croft Ambrey & Croft Castle

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When we met the sky was clear and it was getting rather warm. A few of us were a tad anxious that the weather might win, but in the end a light cloud cover and gentle breeze made for perfect walking weather. We started from the lay-by at Aymestrey and walked steadily up the hill pausing for a break for elevensies near the top.

Elevensies - just the job

Once we got there we had superb views of the countryside to the north and west.

all above photos courtesy Ian H-C

We continued on our walk, visiting Croft Ambrey, Bircher Common where we stopped for lunch and finally Croft Castle grounds (quite busy on this Bank Holiday Monday) where we availed ourselves of the facilities before turning for home, admiring the amazing textures of the Spanish Chestnuts on the way.
A lovely walk and thanks to Mike and Beryl Starr for the planning of it. All in all it took us about 5 hours for the 7½ miles.


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