Date: Sunday 19th August 2018 Time: 10.00am Distance: 7.5 miles (12.0 kms)
Route: Kingswood – Lapworth
Map: OS Explorer 220 Postcode for parking: B94 6JU
Directions to parking: The Boot Inn, Old Warwick Road, Lapworth (Permission given) – From Solihull take the A34/A3400 south to Hockley Heath then turn left onto the Old Warwick Road (B4439). Continue along the Old Warwick Road to The Boot Inn.
Information: Canal, field and lane walking with some meadow walking – long trousers advisable. There are 8 stiles on the walk and a couple of inclines. Approx. finish time 2.00pm.
Breaks: Morning & Lunch breaks Toilets: At the end Pub: At the end
Date: Wednesday 22nd August 2018 Time: 10.00am Distance: 9.5 miles (15.3 kms)
Route: Ettington – Loxley – Ettington
Map: OS Explorer 205 Postcode for parking: CV37 7SR
Directions to parking: Chequers Inn, Banbury Road, Ettington (Permission given) – From Stratford upon Avon follow the A422 towards Banbury – Chequers Inn is on the left-hand side at the far end of Ettington village.
Information: The walk goes through rolling countryside around Ettington mainly on bridle paths with some lane walking – 2 main roads to cross. There are 4 stiles on the walk and a total ascent of 609 feet (155 metres).
Breaks: Morning & Lunch breaks Toilets: At the end Pub: At the end
Date: Saturday 1st September 2018 Geopark Way Leg No.1 – Bridgnorth to Alveley
Distance: 10.75 miles (17.3 kms)
This is a long trail where minibus transport is organised so you cannot just turn up on the day. If you wish to do this walk please contact the club via email.
Date: Sunday 2nd September 2018 Time: 10.15am Distance: 5.5 miles (8.9 kms)
Route: Meriden – Meriden Hall – Alspath – Church Farm – Blind Hall Farm – Home Farm – Berry Fields Farm – Meriden
Map: OS Explorer 221 Postcode for parking: CV7 7NN
Directions to parking: The Bull’s Head, Main Road, Meriden (Permission given) – From Solihull go down Hampton Lane through Catherine de Barnes and at the roundabout go onto the B4102 to Hampton in Arden. Continue through Hampton in Arden to the roundabout on the A452. Go straight over the roundabout onto Hampton Lane to Meriden where you turn right onto Main Road. Please park at the top left of the car park.
Information: Flat field walking & farmland with a couple of short stretches of road walking. There is only 1 stile on the walk and a total ascent of 164 feet (50 metres). Approx. finish time 1.30am. Please note later start time of 10.15am.
Breaks: Morning coffee break Toilets: At the start & at the end Pub: At the end
Date: Wednesday 5th September 2018 Time: 10.00am Distance: 8.5 miles (13.7 kms)
Route: Barston – Temple Balsall – Hampton in Arden – Barston
Map: OS Explorer 221 Postcode for parking: B92 0JU
Directions to parking: The Bull’s Head pub, Barston Lane, Barston (Permission given) – From Solihull take the A41 Warwick Road towards Knowle and after crossing the M42 (J5) onto the A4141 take the first left into Jacobean Lane and follow the lane to the end. At the Eastcote crossroads (staggered) go straight over and head into Barston village – the Bull’s Head pub is on the left approximately 1 mile after the crossroads.
Information: Mostly level walking through a mixture of fields, tracks and small lanes. Usually good paths, but a number are slightly overgrown and the walk does contain a short section of uneven track. There are 25 stiles on the walk and the approximate finish time is 2.45pm.
Breaks: Morning & Lunch breaks Toilets: At the end of the walk Pub: At the end
Date: Sunday 16th September 2018 Details to follow shortly
Date: Wednesday 19th September 2018 Time: 10.00am Distance: 11 miles (17.5 kms)
Route: Vines Lane, Droitwich Spa – Droitwich Spa Train Station – By train to Worcester Foregate Street Station (Cost £2.20 groupsave) -Worcester Racecourse & the River Severn – Pump House Environment Centre – Waterworks Road – River Severn – Hawford Lock – Droitwich Barge Canal – Egg Lane – Porters Mill Road – Ladywood Lane – Salwarpe – Vines Lane, Droitwich
Map: OS Explorer 204 Postcode for parking: WR9 8LU
Directions to parking: From Solihull take the M42 south then take the M5 south exiting at J5 towards Droitwich. At the roundabout turn right onto the A38 heading towards Droitwich, passing the Chateau Impney on your left. At the traffic lights turn left onto the B4065 then take the 3rd turn on your right into Vines Lane and park in the road – the meeting point is The Gardeners Arms pub towards the bottom of the lane.
Information: This is a train ramble from Droitwich Spa taking in Worcester and returning along the banks of the River Severn and the Droitwich Barge canal. there are only 2 stiles on the walk and a total ascent of 160 feet (48 metres). Approx. finish time 4.30pm.
Breaks: Morning, Lunch & afternoon breaks Toilets: During & at the end Pub: At the end
Date: Saturday 22nd September 2018 Geopark Way Leg No.2 – Alveley to Kinlet
Distance: 8.25 miles (13.3 kms)
This is a long trail where minibus transport is organised so you cannot just turn up on the day. If you wish take part in this walk please contact the club via email.
Date: Sunday 30th September 2018 Time: 10.00am Distance: 5.2 miles (8.3 kms)
Route: Beacon Hill – Beacon Woods – Chadwick Manor Estate – Waseley Hills Country Park – Beacon Hill
Map: OS Explorer 219 Postcode for parking: B45 9QH
Directions to parking: Beacon Hill car park, Monument Lane, Barnt Green – From Solihull take the M42 south and exit at J2 turning right onto the A441 to Birmingham (S). At the next roundabout2 turn left onto the B4120 and co41ntinue for 0.7 miles. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Bittell Road (B4120) then onto Barnt Green Road for about 1.3 miles. At the roundabout take the B4096 onto Rose Hill Road for about 0.5 miles then turn right into Monument Lane – Beacon Hill car park is approx. 0.5 miles on your right.
Information: A walk taking in the Lickey Hills and Waseley Hills Country Park along field & woodland paths with some road walking and bridleways. There are 8 stiles on the walk and a total ascent of 667 feet (203 metres). Approx. finish time 1.00pm.
Breaks: Morning coffee break Toilets: During the walk
Date: Wednesday 10th October 2018 Time: 10.00am Distance: 9.5 miles (15.0 kms)
Route: Jacksons Bank car park – Crossplain Wood – Byrkley Park – Bolingbroke Wood – Eland Wood – Newborough – Jacksons Bank car park
Map: OS Explorer 245 Postcode for parking: DE13 8RG
Directions to parking: Jacksons Bank car park (private car park with permissive access to woods), Brakenhurst Road, Hoar Cross, Burton on Trent – From Solihull take the M42 north and exit at J9 onto the A446 Lichfield Road past the Belfry Golf club and proceed to Bassetts Pole roundabout. At the roundabout take the A38 signposted Lichfield/Burton on Trent and continue towards Lichfield. At the next roundabout take the London Road (A51) into Lichfield and follow the A51 through Lichfield around the Bowling Green pub roundabout and up the hill past the Hedgehog pub. At the next roundabout turn right onto the A515 signposted Ashbourne and continue along the A51 through Yoxall and Woodlane. Turn left into Brakenhurst Road towards Hoar Cross – Jacksons Bank car park is on the right half way along Brakenhurst Road.
Information: A fairly flat walk through fields and woodland with a short stretch of lane walking and 3 busy roads to cross. Can be muddy in places if wet. There are 19 stiles on the walk and a total ascent of 735 feet (224 metres). Approx. finish time 4.00 pm.
Breaks: Morning & Lunch breaks Toilets: None Pub: At the end approx. 6 miles away
Date: Sunday 14th October 2018 Time: 10.30am Distance: 9 miles (14.5 kms)
Route: Broadway – Saintbury – Weston sub edge – Dovers Hill – Broadway
Map: OS Explorer OL45 Postcode for parking: WR12 7ET
Directions to parking: Shear House long stay car park, Leamington Road, Broadway (£4.00 per day) – From Solihull take the M42 south and exit at J3 onto the A435 south towards Alcester & Evesham. Exit the A435 onto the A46 and after the 3rd roundabout take the first exit onto Broadway Road (A44). At the second roundabout take the 3rd exit into Leamington Road and park in the long stay car park through an archway – the car park is on the left.
Information: The walk leaves Broadway under the bypass and continues across fields and a steady incline to Saintbury Church and Weston sub edge. The walk then enters Lynches Woods towards Dovers Hill where the walk joins the Cotswold Way. After crossing the A44 the walk heads towards Broadway Tower and returns downhill to Broadway. There are 14 stiles on the walk (most of which are on the first half of the walk) and a total ascent of 900 feet (275 metres). Approx. finish time 3.30pm.
Breaks: Morning & Lunch breaks Toilets: None