Walk 182 [7½ miles] - Bucknell Hill

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St Mary's Bucknell

A late change of plan had Mike take the lead today to check out some waymarks for his walks booklet.

12 of us assembled by the lych gate with anxious looks at the sky and hoping the promised rain wouldn't arrive.  In the event it did a few times during the walk, but not enough to dampen spirits.

We set off up Dog Kennel Lane and took the footpath to the top of Red Lane and continued up the steep ascent of Bucknell Hill eventually arriving at the summit where we dropped down to Fiveways.  We took one of the turnings which passed above Gripesnest at the head of Darkey Dale.

Coffee break over - Mike gets ready to restart

We soon turned left to climb up to Hopton Titterhill where we paused for coffee. Then continued to climb finally turning back on ourselves and heading back towards Fiveways where this time we turned and headed off downhill to Honeyhole and Upper Lye. We joined the Chapel Lawn road briefly before crossing the fields and taking the footpath to Bridgend Lane and back to our start point. A useful exercise for Mike who will now correct his walks booklet for others to enjoy.

Looking down towards Fiveways from Hopton Titterhill



Walk 181 [8.9 miles] - Leintwardine, Downton Common, Mocktree & Kinton

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Leintwardine from Church Hill

Nine of us set off along Rosemary Lane in Leintwardine on a sunny morning with a slight autumnal chill in the air. In no time at all we had swarmed up Church Hill and most of us were soon divesting ourselves of our fleeces as the sun warmed us up. We passed through Downton Common and took the opportunity to stop in a convenient field for a coffee.

Looking across to Downton

Then it was onwards and downwards before turning left handed and crossing the A4113 to head uphill very gently along the Herefordshire Trail. When the group last visited this track in 2013 it was heavily overgrown and a couple of fallen trees made for a diverting experience. Today, the complete track had been cleared with little to alarm us apart from the occasional dead rat. At the top of the climb we stopped for our lunch.

Looking across to Wenlock Edge

Dropping down to the A4113 ..

.. then crossing it

We returned to Leintwardine via Mocktree Farm and Kinton after just a tad under 9 miles. Very many thanks to Sue (and the absent Val) for checking out this walk and for leading us round today.



Walk 180 - [9.3 miles] - 'The Cwm walk' - Bucknell Wood, Ragged Kingdom and Weston

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Eight of us set out from the lych gate and within two minutes there was controversy on the route up to the forest track. Mercifully we were spared the rigours of the dastardly steep ascent of last year's walk and we ambled our way gently through Bucknell Wood before stopping for an early break enjoying the views over towards Long Mynd and Chapel Lawn. Continuing westwards towards Knighton before looping back through Ragged Kingdom we enjoyed spectacular views in all directions and decided that an early lunch was called for, this time taking in the easterly views of the Teme valley which included kite sightings.

Proceeding down to Weston we found our way to the bat sanctuary and returned to Bucknell rejoining Daffodil Lane having seen once again what a wonderful walk this is, especially in this fabulous weather.

No photos I'm afraid but the ones from walk 159 still apply except that today we had clear skies!

[Blog entry: Di]


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