Walk 94 [7.3 miles] - Cwm Weston & Bucknell Wood

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6 of us were available and we met up at the church at the usual time. We crossed the fields to the west of the church, making use of the new kissing gates and emerged onto a slippery Chapel Lawn Road and set off us Daffodil Lane. Our walk took us along the forestry tracks to the bat sanctuary at Cwm (no bats as per usual). Then along the farm track to Weston (Geri managing to make an early start on the falling down stakes) and finally the long climb to Cotroger where we entered the small wood and stopped for a coffee.

Panorama from Bucknell Wood looking east
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Suitable refreshed we continued to skirt the top of Cwm Wood where at times the snow was quite deep, and eventually came across an interesting ice sculpture. Finally we turned for home, dropping down through Bucknell Wood where in separate attempts to impress, both Ken and Graham fell over. Mike tried really hard but only managed several alarming sideways skids. 7.3 miles of quite hard work at time, but a rewarding way to spend the morning - many thanks to Di for sharing her most favourite walk!


Walk 93 [9.4 miles] - Stanton Lacy, Walton, Culmington & Upper Hayton

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This walk is the same as Walk 80 - we will now rename ourselves the Bucknell Mud Movers. Ian and Margaret were unable, due to weather, to recce a walk for today. 5 of us managed to make it to the church at Stanton Lacy, where, on a dank and misty morning we set off heading west via the Crosses and Walton. Some of us remembered the windswept oil seed rape crop of Walk 80, but this time the problem was mud - so much mud that our feet started dragging and once clear we all paused to scrape as much of the stuff off our boots as we could. Then we headed north towards Vernolds Common where we stopped for a coffee break by the now frozen pond.

Before arriving at Culmington I reminded everyone of the nutty wood chopper and hoped we'd escape this time. No such luck - there he was again - still chopping wood. We joined the River Corve once again and reapplied a thick layer of mud to our boots and eventually stopped for lunch.

Our lunch spot

As we approached Lower Hayton I reminded everyone that the unwary might be trapped by our 2nd garrulous gent - surely we'd get away with it this time!! Well, almost.....but Mike and Geri got trapped briefly by him before we made our escape and climbed the steep and very muddy bridleway as we left Upper Hayton

The final climb - (all downhill after this)
as we approach the charmingly named Thriftwicket Lane

before we made our final descent via Holly Coppice and dropping down to Stanton Lacy - oh yes, and across a final VERY VERY MUDDY field.

Ruth struggles down the final muddy field

Graham & Geri's boots!
all photos courtesy Mike

9.4 miles in about 5 hours.


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Walk 92 [5.6 miles] - Caer Caradoc

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What a funny old day. Five of us set off from the car park near Gaerstones Farm for Caer Caradoc. It was quite foggy and very crisp underfoot making walking along flooded (now skating rink) paths quite tricky. Trees and shrubs were coated in frost and when the sun deigned to make an appearance the result was quite breathtaking.

Up the track before the ascent

Erm - well yes, it was a bit on the foggy side

We headed up Caer Caradoc; visibility was at best 30 metres and eventually we reached the summit where we stopped for refreshment in the lee of a large outcrop of rocks.

Sheltering for coffee - no view!

Up here the biting north easterly wind made its presence felt and we soon moved on and descended across Little Caradoc and turned right towards Golley Green and The Wilderness.

Quite remarkable glass stem type ice formation at Golley Green

Snow covered berries in The Wilderness

A rather chilled looking walker

We eventually returned along the foot of Caer Caradoc, stopping for lunch en route before finally returning to the cars. It had been the intention to climb Willstone and Hope Bowdler Hill, but in view of the visibility we cut the walk short eventually managing to complete 5.6 miles.

The spider's web just needed the sun on it
all photos courtesy Mike


Walk 91 [6.61 miles] - Colebatch & Henley Wood

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We parked in a layby at Colebatch, and 6 of us set off up the short hill to Blakeridge Wood. The ground was crisp and frosty and the sun quite warm. In fact, as we entered Blakeridge Wood the layers started to be peeled off.

It was cool and pleasant walking in Blakeridge Wood and eventually we emerged at Goat House where we crossed the valley known as Goathouse Dingle and after a short distance stopped for coffee.

After we set off we came across the free range chicken farm and immediately attracted the attention of the residents who, thinking we looked like a soft touch, followed us en masse.

Erm - got any food for us?

We left Goathouse Dingle; turned left and climbed to Henley Wood and then dropped down to Wood House and then turned right and followed the brook before heading towards Cwmmawr Dingle where we stopped for lunch.

Our lunchtime view

Panorama from Grove Head looking west
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Finally we climbed through Cwmmawr Dingle; turned right at the Shropshire Way and returned to Colebatch. 6.61 miles, and very many thanks to Colin and Anne Cummings who led us.

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