Upcoming Walks

Date: Sunday 4th March 2018          Time: 10.00am          Distance: 9.5 miles (15.3 km)

Route: Leek Wootton – Golf Course – Rouncil Lane – Bannerhill Farm – Goodrest Farm – Woodcote Police HQ – Leek Wootton

Map: OS Explorer 221                            Postcode for parking: CV35 7QX

Directions to parking: The Anchor Inn, Leek Wootton (Permission given) – From Solihull take the A452 through Balsall Common towards the A46 Warwick Bypass. Follow signs for Leek Wootton – the Anchor Inn is on the Warwick Road. please park at the back of the car park.

Information:  A walk taking in fields, woodland and the golf course. Could be muddy in places if wet. There are no stiles on the walk and it is relatively flat with a total ascent of only 100 feet (30 metres). Approx. finish time 4.00pm.

Breaks: Morning & lunch breaks      Toilets: At the end of the walk      Pub: At the end

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Date: Saturday 10th March 2018          Time: 9.30am          Distance: 12.75 miles (20.5 km)

Route: Leg No.8 Shakespeare Way – Maidensgrove to Marlow

NB. This walk involves minibus transport so you will need to pre-book this walk and not just turn up on the day. Please contact the club via email for further details.

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Date: Wednesday 14th March 2018          Time: 10.00am          Distance: 10.0 miles (16.1 km)

Route: Berkswell – Meriden – Balsall Common – Berkswell

Map: OS Explorer 221                            Postcode for parking: CV7 7BB

Directions to parking: The Bear Inn, Spencer’s Lane, Berkswell (Permission given) – Leave Solihull via Hampton Lane (B4102) through Catherine de Barnes and at the roundabout go straight over continuing along the B4102 through Hampton in Arden towards the A452. At the roundabout turn right onto the A452 and after approximately 2 miles turn left into Hallmeadow Road. At the first roundabout turn left into Lavender Hall Lane – the Bear Inn is at the junction of Lavender Hall Lane and Spencer’s Lane. Please park furthest away from the pub in the car park.

Information: The walk follows field & woodland edge paths with lovely rural views. There is the occasional busy road to cross and it could be muddy in places if wet. There are 13 stiles on the walk and a total ascent of 537 feet (164 metres). Approx. finish time 3.30pm.

Breaks: Morning & Lunch breaks      Toilets; At the end      Pub: At the end

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Date: Sunday 18th March 2018          Time: 10.00am          Distance: 7.5 miles (12.0 km)

Route: Lickey Hills Visitor Centre – The Monument – Beacon Hill – Lickey Hills Golf Course – Cofton Hill – Pinfold Wood – Narboroughs Field – Lickey Hills Visitor Centre

Map: OS Explorer 219 & 220                Postcode for parking: B45 8ER

Directions to parking: Lickey Hills Visitor Centre – From Solihull take the M42 south and exit at J1 Bromsgrove. Take the 4th exit at the roundabout onto the B4096 Old Birmingham Road towards Rednal & Lickey. After 2.2 miles turn right onto Warren Lane – follow the signpost for the Visitor Centre.

Information: A lovely circular, figure of eight walk around the Lickey Hills following the Woodpecker Trail (The walk comes back to the Visitor Centre after about 4 miles should you wish to do a shorter walk). There are some steep slopes and steps in places and some muddy sections if wet. The walk goes along part of the drovers’ way, some bridleways and well trodden footpaths. The walk goes past the Monument erected in memory of Other Archer, the 6th earl of Plymouth, and there should be some extensive views from the top of Beacon Hill.

Breaks: Morning & lunch breaks      Toilets: At the start & at the end      Pub: At the end

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Date: Sunday 1st April 2018          Time: 10.00am          Distance: 7 miles (11.3 km)

Route: Hartshill Country Park – The White Hart pub – Purley – Mancetter – Hartshill Country Park

Map: OS Explorer 140                         Postcode for parking: CV10 0TH

Directions to parking: Hartshill Country Park car park (Parking charge – £2.00 per car) – From Soliohull take the M42 North and exit at J6 and turn right onto the A45. At the Stonebridge roundabout turn left onto the A446 and take the second roundabout onto the B4114 through Coleshill towards Shustoke. At the crossroads proceed to Ansley and look for the sign for Hartshill Country Park, following this road to the demolished railway bridge. Turn right signposted Oldbury and Hartshill and follow this road to Hartshill Country Park (well signposted).

Information: A walk through Hartshill Country Park, together with field walking and some road walking. There are 6 stiles on the walk and the walk should finish at approx. 3.30pm.

Breaks: Morning, Lunch & afternoon breaks    Toilets: At the start, at the pub & at the end.

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Date: Saturday 7th April 2018          Time: 9.30am          Distance: 9.0 miles (14.5 km)

Route: Leg No.9 Shakespeare Way – Marlow to Littleworth Common

NB. This walk involves minibus transport so you will need to pre-book this walk and not just turn up on the day. Please contact the club via email for further details.

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Date: Sunday 15th April 2018          Time: 10.00am          Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5 km)

Route: Wootton Wawen – Austey Wood – Bearley Aquaduct – Wootton Wawen

Map: OS Explorer 220                     Postcode: B95 6BD

Directions to parking: Bulls Head, Wootton Wawen (Permission given) – From Solihull take the A3400 through Hockley Heath & Henley in Arden to Wootton Wawen.In Wootton Wawen turn right onto the B4089 (Great Alne) – The bulls Head is immediately on the right. Please park at the far end of the car park furthest away from the pub.

Information: The walk takes in the canal towpath, woodland and fields with two short sections of road walking. There are 6 stiles on the walk and a total ascent of 200 feet (61 metres). Approx. finish time 1.00pm.

Breaks: Morning coffee break      Toilets: At the end of the walk      Pub: At the end

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Date: Wednesday 18th April 2018      Time: 10.30am      Distance: 7.0 miles (11.3 km)

Route: Blakedown – Harvington Hall – Blakedown

Map: OS Explorer 219                      Postcode for parking: DY10 3JE

Directions to parking: The Old House at Home pub, 26 Birmingham Road, Blakedown, Kidderminster (Permission given) – From Solihull take the M42 south and then take the M5 north. Exit the M5 at J4 and turn left onto the A491. Take the B4188 towards Belbroughton,  crossing the A450, then at the end of the B4188 turn left onto the A456 – the pub car park is immediately on the left.

Information: The walk takes in woodland and field paths (muddy in places if wet) and some road walking. There are 2 inclines on the walk and 5 stiles and one busy road to cross. Approx. finish time 2.30pm.

Breaks: Morning & Lunch breaks      Toilets: At the end      Pub: At the end

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Date: Sunday 29th April 2018          Time: 10.00am          Distance: 8.0 miles (13.0 km)

Route: Blackstone – Bewdley – Ribbesford – Blackstone – Devil’s Spittleful – Whitehill Wood – Rhydd Covert – Rifle Range – Blackstone

Map: OS Landranger 138                Postcode for parking: DY12 1PU

Directions to parking: Blackstone Picnic Site & car park (free) – From Solihull take the M42 south towards the M5 and exit at J1 along the A38 towards Bromsgrove. Take the 1st turning right onto the Birmingham Road and follow this through Bromsgrove eventually turning right onto the A448 Kidderminster Road. Follow the A448 through Chaddesley Corbett into Kidderminster and at the roundabout turn right onto the A451/A456 towards Bewdley. Follow the A456 (Bewdley Road) towards Bewdley & the West Midlands Safari Park – after passing the Safari Park take the 1st exit at the roundabout (A456 Bewdley Bypass). The Blackstone car park is approx. 500 metres on the right.

Information: This is a figure of eight walk of 4 miles on each part. For the 1st part the walk entails river paths, Bewdley town centre, Ribbesford (busy road), and the Blackstone picnic site. The 2nd part takes in the nature Centre, Devil’s Spittleful, Whitehill Wood, Rhydd Covert & the Rifle Range before returning to Blackstone. There are 2 stiles on the walk and a total ascent of 265 feet (81 metres). Approx. finish time 3.00pm.

Breaks: Morning & Lunch breaks          Toilets: During the walk in Bewdley

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