Our next long trail will be the Geopark Way, from Bridgnorth to Gloucester Cathedral – a total of 109 miles. This will be done over 10 legs, of, on average, about 10 miles each, and the first one is on September 1st. Each walk takes place on a Saturday.
If any club member who would like to join in on any of these walks, and has not received details of the legs, please get in touch via the ‘Contact Us’ tab on the website. It is not necessary to commit to all of the legs.
The last weekend in July saw the completion of the Shakespeare Way, when the group walked the 9 or so miles from Putney into the centre of London, finishing at the Globe Theatre.
Most of the walkers went down to London the day before, and took the tube out to Putney on Saturday morning. Luckily the weather had cooled slightly from the heat of the previous day, making for a pleasant walk along the banks of the Thames. There are many and varied apartment blocks along the river, at prices that would probably astound most of us Midlanders, along with many familiar sites that characterise our capital city. The area round the old Battersea Power station was a hive of activity, as the buildings are being converted to residential homes that promise to be of the high-end variety!
Once at the Globe, the group dispersed to their various hotels, returning later for an early evening meal at a restaurant near the Globe. After this, they took their seats in the Globe Theatre, for a performance of Othello. It proved a wonderful and fitting end to the long trail from Stratford-on-Avon to London, which had itself been a varied and enjoyable walk.
A group of club members has been undertaking the Two Moors Way, from Wembury, on the south coast of Devon, to Lynmouth, on the north coast of Somerset. The route included crossing Dartmoor and Exmoor, and the group did the walk over 3 weekends.
October 6th to 8th saw the group complete the walk. Apart from the beautiful scenery, which almost goes without saying, the weather contributed greatly to a fantastic three days walking. Friday and Sunday were like very pleasant spring days, but of course it had to rain sometime, so Saturday morning, going across Exmoor, was very wet.
Friday was the longest day, walking around 14 miles from Knowstone to Withypool. The walk was varied, but the highlight was the Tarr Steps across the river Barle. Saturday morning proved to be rainy, but a shorter walk took the group on to Simonsbath, which they reached in the early afternoon. Sunday found the group treated to another lovely day, as they walked on across Exmoor, catching sight of several red dear on the moor. Finally they descended steeply into Lynmouth – icecreams all round!
Overall the event has been a huge success. Tasty meals were eaten (to be walked off next day) and the occasional celebratory drink consumed. Everyone who took part enjoyed the walking, the scenery, and most of all, each other’s company.