Upcoming Walks

Date: Sunday 23rd February 2020 Time: 10.00am Distance: 7.0 miles (11.3 kms)

Route: Callow Hill – Upper Bentley – Crumpfield – Callow Hill

Map: OS Landranger Postcode for parking: B97 5GE

Directions for parking: Morton Stanley Park, Windmill Drive, Redditch (Lower car park by the football pitches) – From Solihull take the A435 south towards Redditch and at Mappleborough Green turn right onto the A4023 towards Redditch town centre. Take the A441 towards Evesham and at the McDonalds roundabout turn right remaining on the A441 to the top of the hill then take the B4504 signposted Hunts End. Follow this road then turn left at the Bramley Cottage pub and proceed to the small cross roads – turn right and Morton Stanley Park car park will be on your right a little way down the road.

Information: This walk takes in fields and woodland with some lane walking. There are 5 stiles on the walk and the approximate finish time is 2.30pm.

Breaks: Lunch break Toilets: None

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Date: Saturday 29th February 2020 Heart of England Way Leg No.4: Drayton Bassett to Shustoke

Distance: 11.9 miles (19.2 kms)

This is a long trail that requires minibus transport so you cannot just turn up on the day, If you wish to take part in this walk please contact the club via email.

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Date: Sunday 8th March 2020 Time: 10.00am Distance: 6.0 miles (9.7 kms)

Route: Earlswood – Clowes Wood – Earlswood

Map: OS Landranger 139 Postcode for parking: B94 6BU

Directions to parking: The Bull’s Head pub, 7 Limekiln Lane, Earlswood (Permission given) – From Solihull take the A34 south past Sainsburys towards the M42 and turn right into Creynolds Lane and at the crossroads go straight over into Vicarage Road. Turn left into Salter Street (B4102) then left into Limekiln Lane. Please park in the car park to the far left as you enter the car park.

Information: The walk incorporates a short stretch of canal, Earlswood Lakes and Clowes Wood. There is a small amount of road walking and can be very muddy in places if wet. There is only 1 stile on the walk and the anticipated finish time is 1.00pm.

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

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Date: Wednesday 11th March 2020 Time: 10.15am Distance: 8.0 miles (12.9 kms)

Route: Ilmington – Erdington – Ilminster

Map: OS Landranger 151 Postcode for parking: CV36 4LT

Directions to parking: The Howard Arms, Lower Green, Ilmington, Shipston on Stour (Permission given) – From Solihull take the M42 south onto the M40 and exit M40 at J15 and take the A429 towards Shipston on Stour. Continue on the A429 until you see the right turn to Ilmington – take this turn and follow the road into the village. At a “T” junction turn left into the centre of the village where you will find the Howard Arms.

Information: The walk straddles the Warwickshire & Gloucestershire borders with gradual ascents and descents with a mixture of track and field walking with great views. There are only 5 stiles on the walk and a total ascent of 300 feet (141 metres). approx. finish time 2.00pm.

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

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Date: Saturday 14th March 2020 Staffordshire Way Leg No.5: Abbotts Bromley to Great Heywood

Distance: 8.4 miles (13.5 kms)

This is a long trail that requires minibus transport so you cannot just turn up on the day, If you wish to take part in this walk please contact the club via email.

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Date: Sunday 22nd March 2020 Time: 10.00am Distance: 8.0 miles (12.9 kms)

Route: Hatton Locks – Grand Union canal – Warwick outskirts – Hatton Locks

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

Directions to parking: Hatton Locks car park (Public car park – £1.50) – from Solihull take the A41/A4141 Warwick Road south through Knowle towards Warwick. At the Five Ways island take the A4177 Birmingham Road towards Warwick past the Falcon Inn. Just past the Hatton Arms pub turn right into Canal Lane where you will find the public car park.

Information: Canal towpaths, bridleways, field paths and quiet lanes. There are no stiles on the walk and a total ascent of 433 feet (132 metres0. Approx. finish time 3.00pm.

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

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Date: Sunday 5th April 2020 Details to follow shortly

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Date: Wednesday 8th April 2020 Time: 10.00am Distance: 9.0 miles (14.6 kms)

The View, Hill Farm Marina – Stratford upon Avon canal(crossing the famous aqueduct) – Edstone Hall Park – Austy Woods – Stratford upon Avon canal – The View, Hill Farm Marina

Map: OS Explorer 220 Postcode for parking: B95 6DE

Directions to parking: The View, Hill Farm Marina, Wootton Wawen (Permission given) – From Solkihull take the A3400 south thyrough Henley in Arden and then Wootton Wawen. The drive down to The View, Hill Farm Marina is on the right and is about 1 kilometre from The Navigation Inn at Wootton Wawen. Go down the drive towards the restaurant and marina but park on the verge by the drive – please do not park in the main car park as it gets very full at lunch time.

Information: The walk is along towpaths, field paths, and some road walking with good views of open countryside. The walk crosses the railway line twice and the A3400 once (care needed but visibility good in both directions). Could be muddy in places if wet. There is only 1 stile on the walk and a total ascent of 480 feet (146 metres) – approx. finish time 3.00pm

The View restaurant has given us permission to park but would like us to go in for a tea/coffee before or after the walk. The View is open from 8.00am for meals – Sal & I intend to have breakfast there before the walk – if you would like to join us we will be there from 8.30am and would be pleased to see you.

Breaks: Morning & Lunch breaks Toilets: At the start and at the end of the walk

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Date: Saturday 11th April 2020 Leg No.6 Staffordshire Way – Great Heywood to Penkridge

Distance: 8.7 miles (14.0 kms)

This is a long trail that requires minibus transport so you cannot just turn up on the day, If you wish to take part in this walk please contact the club via email.

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Date: Sunday 19th April 2020 Time: 10.00am Distance: 8.0 miles (12.9 kms)

Route: Bewdley – Hayles Park – Wyre Forest – Knowles Hill – Dowles Mill – Bewdley

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

Directions for parking: Blackstone picnic site car park (Free public car park) – From Solihull take the M42 south towards Bromsgrove and exit the M42 onto the M5 north towards Birmingham. Exit the M5 at J4 onto Sandy Lane (A491) heading towards Stourbridge and at the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Stourbridge Road (A491). After about 4 miles take the A456 (Kidderminster Road) and remain on the A456 through Kidderminster heading towards Bewdley. Go past the West Midlands Safari Park and at the island turn left (still the A456) and the Blackstone car park is about 0.25 miles on this road.

Information: The walk takes in the River Severn, stream and field paths, the Wyre Forest and some road walking through Bewdley with two major roads to cross. Can be muddy in places if wet and there is one steep hill to climb. There are no stiles on the walk and a total ascent of 295 feet (90 metres). Approx. finish time 2.30pm.

Breaks: Morning & Lunch breaks Toilets: During the walk

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