Walk 208 [5½ miles] - Pembridge

OS201 OS149 garmin

Today six of us walked off the excesses of Christmas in the beautiful countryside around the village of Pembridge. Whilst overcast it was dry and breezy. Leaving the car park, we made our way towards the centre of the village passing the Duppa’s Almshouses

Duppas Almshouses

up, past the Market Hall

Market Hall

before entering St Mary’s Churchyard and spotting its unusual Bell Tower.

St Mary’s Church Bell Tower

We then passed the moat that once went around Pembridge Castle

Pembridge Castle Moat

and walked through an orchard,

Making way through orchard

avoiding the mud as best we could.

Mud!

We crossed the Rowe Ditch, an artificial earthwork that runs N to S across the Arrow valley, which was probably built around the 7th century, and then walked along the disused railway line that once connected Leominster and Kington.

Walking the old Leominster to Kington railway line

Val then enquired about a stop for coffee and miraculously a set of logs appeared, catering for each size of walker.

Coffee stop

Our next stop was the Court of Noke, a particularly fine English House with unusual canals within the gardens …

Court of Noke

and then we came to a bridge over the fast flowing river, where the walkers took part in a game of Pooh sticks.

Pooh Sticks - before......and…

...after

We then made our way back to Pembridge for lunch down by the river.

Lunch by the river
all photos courtesy Colin

The walk was 5.4 miles long and relatively flat, but there was one tricky bit on the way back where loppers were used to clear the way and a steady nerve was required not to fall in the water. My thanks to Anne, as joint leader on the day, and my fellow walkers for their support and good company.

[Blog entry: Anne and Colin]


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