Walk 45 [8 miles] - Clun & Whitcott Keysett

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Monday 29th December and started from Clun. Geri & Graham Jackson led 5 of us on a 8 mile journey in very cold and overcast conditions. We set out heading north west along the Shropshire Way before turning south west along a track to the hamlet of Whitcott Keysett stopping to admire the Victorian post box after which we paused briefly for coffee.

Ian made a friend

A cold looking group
Mike Ian Geri & Diana

Then there was the long and steady climb up Weston Hill where Geri was reunited with yet another lost glove!

The long and steady climb..

..and the reward

before starting the long descent into Clun - again only a brief pause for lunch near Burfield - it was far too cold the hang about, and Ian Graves was looking distinctly 'poorly' by this time.


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Walk 44 [9 miles] - Llanfair Waterdine & Offa's Dyke

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Ian Graves led us on a 9 mile anticlockwise journey from Llanfair Waterdine picking up the Jack Mytton Way before turning north and climbing to Offas Dyke where we stopped for coffee.

Coming off Offa's Dyke after coffee

Then a gentle downhill walk to Stoney Pound before turning for home. The weather was bright and once we had left Offas Dyke was surprisingly warm although the heavy rain of preceding days had the ground wet underfoot.

Beautiful views from Offas Dyke Path

Then there was the long and steady climb up Weston Hill where Geri was reunited with yet another lost glove!

Lunchtime and Ian shows Colin where we went and where we are...

..and the rest of us looked at this

Meanwhile the rest of us took in the great view We stopped for lunch (after grumblings in the ranks) on a hillside overlooking Cwm Collo before taking a shortcut and crossing Crochen Brook where most of the ladies in the walk literally filled their boots!! Then down to Mellin-y-Grogue and along the road to our starting point.

A delightful walk and many thanks to Ian Graves for researching and leading us.


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Walk 43 [5½ miles] - Lingen Loop

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Took place on a cold and frosty Monday 1st December when Ian & Margaret Hay-Campbell took us on the Lingen Loop walk. 8 of us left Bucknell at 9.30am and parked at Lingen and away we went. The walk starts by following the Lime Brook and through the woods before descending towards the remains of Limebrook Priory a 13th century nunnery. On the way we were delighted to spy a couple of pigs, as well as a donkey who enjoyed the apples we brought for him.

This little piggy went to market...

..and this little donkey enjoyed the apples

We continued our walk along the road before starting our climb up to Knoll Plantation stopping on the way for a break.

A chilly coffee break

We then continued out climb to the highest point of the walk before starting our descent and return to Lingen.

A pause to admire the frosty view

On the home straight
all photos courtesy Ian H-C

A thoroughly enjoyable walk of about 5½ miles, and our grateful thanks to Ian & Margaret to leading it.


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Walk 42 [8½ miles] - Bucknell Wood & the Quirn

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Monday 17th November 2008 saw the welcome return of Mike Starr from his holiday in Nepal - complete with cough and chest infection. The weather didn't look very promising and so the planned walk from Knighton was abandoned in favour of a local one for the 10 of us.

We left Bucknell via Daffodil Lane and took the well trodden path west through Bucknell Wood before we stopped - seemingly in the middle of a cloud for coffee.
We then started downhill towards the Chapel Lawn road - branching off to the Quirn; crossing the Chapel Lawn Road with another climb before dropping down to what Mike called a 'boggy bit' before stopping for lunch.

Just coming down to the Quirn

Famous Last words by Mike:
"There's a bit of a boggy bit coming up!"

As we finished lunch the weather started to turn rather unpleasant and we started a long descent back to the Chapel Lawn Road. Giving some amusement to a gent at Upper Lye who watch us climb carefully over a gate that although seemingly locked - could have been opened had we looked. Then back along Chapel Lawn Road and Bridgend Lane. Just about 8½ miles and many thanks to Mike Starr for leading us.


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Walk 41 [10 miles] - The Wigmore Loop

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Took place on Monday 3rd November when Diana Meanley led the 6 of us on the Wigmore Loop starting from Yatton. The weather was rather dull and overcast but we set out in fine spirits leaving Yatton and heading over the fields towards Wigmore (doing the walk anti-clockwise). Through Wigmore and then started the ascent, pausing (reluctantly) for a coffee break overlooking Wigmore Hall.
Then we skirted round Barnett Wood and through Lower Lye and briefly walking alongside the Lugg before reaching Aymestry pausing to admire 3 black sheep.

Baa Baa black sheep

After crossing the main road we climbed through Pokehouse Wood before Colin and Graham revolted and refused to move until they were fed. We resumed after lunch, continuing along Ladyacre Plantation on the Croft Castle estate

Just look at this view we have!

before descending to Yatton. About 10 miles and well recced by Diana with help from John Makin and Janet Jones - thanks to all 3 for giving us with a great walk.


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