Saturday, 9 June 2018

390 walks from Church Stretton 2018

Our next walking will be on
Saturday 14th July 2018
and will be from 

Church Stretton

Shropshire

Church Stretton and its picturesque surrounding villages forms an excellent base for the country lover and sportsman alike at all times of the year whether hikers, horse riders, mountain bikers, or naturalists . The Long Mynd rising above the west of the town is renowned for gliding, hang gliding and paragliding, and boasts the second highest golf course in England.

There will be three walks:
  • A Walk led by; Brian Thorne
  • B Walk led by; Jennifer Mathias
  • C Walk led by; John Adamson
Walk details will be added as they become available, but by Saturday 7th July

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'A' walk from Church Stretton 2018

Walk Leader: Brian Thorne
Total Distance: 9 miles app
Total ascent/Descent:




Leaving Church Stretton via the National Trust Centre at Carding Mill Valley, our walk takes us to the heights of the Long Mynd at the fantastic viewpoint of Pole Bank. (516m) This area gives us an opportunity to walk many miles on “Green Roads,” and following one of these, we continue on, descending to Little Stretton and the A5

A stiff climb then leads us to our second high spot of the day at Ragleth Hill (398m) with wide ranging views over what seems like the whole of Shropshire. Descending to Church Stretton, we find refreshment and shopping, before the last (modest) climb of the day back to the coach.  

'B' Walk from Church Stretton 2018

Walk Leader: Jennifer Mathias
Total Distance: 7+ miles app
Total ascent/Descent:1500ft app
There is a variety in this walk. It is Challenging in places with short stretches of ascent and descent.  We leave the village via the rectory field and climb into the woods. After passing a pond we cross the road to descend into Cardingmill Valley. After a steady climb we are on top of the Long Mynd where we turn North and slowly begin to descend until we come come to a short, steep slope into a valley. Approaching All Stretton, we turn towards Church Stretton with a few more ups and downs for a well earned refreshing drink.
 
Please make sure that you carry plenty of water
 
 

'C' Walk from Church Stretton 2018

Walk Leader: John Adamson
Total Distance:  4.5-5 miles app
Total ascent/Descent:650-850ft



The C Walk starts with a coffee and cake in one of the local tea shops in Church Stretton.  We leave the village of Church Stretton and walk north and then west into Cardingmill Valley.  We climb out of the valley; walk over to Cwmdale Valley, and onto All Stretton.  The path continues across fields, 4 styles, a railway line and the A49.  We climb up through fields with views over Caer Caradoc Hill, across 4 more styles and back over the A49, the railway line and into Church Stretton.  It is a very scenic walk but there are some ascents, descents, and about 7 styles to cross.  By taking our time the walk should not be a problem for a C Walker. 

However people who have difficulty going up and down hills may want to create a D Walk by leaving us near the National Trust tea shop in Cardingmill Valley and enjoying the short walks by the stream in that area, returning to Church Stretton by the same route as the outward journey.



     

 

Monday, 14 May 2018

389 Walks from Betws-y-Coed 2018

Our next walking will be on
Saturday 9th June 2018
and will be from 

Betws-y-Coed, N Wales

in the Snowdonian National Park

region of haunting beauty and grandeur
Why not join us as a visitor to enjoy the Great Outdoors in Good Company?




Betws-y-Coed is North Wales' most popular inland resort. It is where the River Conwy meets its three tributaries flowing from the west, the Llugwy, the Lledr and the Machno. Much of it was built in Victorian times and it is the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park.

Set in a beautiful valley in the Snowdonia Forest Park, it is ideal for outdoor activity holidays. Numerous Craft and outdoor activity shops are in the village with the popular Swallow Falls nearby......Click here to continue

There will be three walks:
  • A Walk led by; Peter Hitchcock
  • B Walk led by; Gwyn Jones
  • C Walk led by; Patrick Parkes
Walk details will be added as they become available, but by Saturday 2nd June

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'A' Walk from Betws-y-Coed 2018

Walk Leader: Peter Hitchcock
Walk Distance: 9 Miles app
Total ascent/Descent: 2000ft app




The adventure today is to explore to the South of the town for a change as the Club has not been that way for a while. If you like bird-life or the sweet smell of sawn timber then this walk is for you!!

From the car park (toilets 20p) we start our exploration from the rear of the church heading south. As you know, Betws-y-Coed is in a valley so you will have to climb whichever way you go! And, what goes up must come down; elementary, my Dear Watson! We have a 15 min climb straightaway into some lovely forest pines until we reach Llyn Elsi – full of wildlife. We’ll try and take in a monument as well. We then descend south through the woods still to the Lledr Valley where we cross under the railway and over the river at Pont Gethin. To save climbing another ridge, we follow the river westwards for a couple of miles before heading back North via an old Roman Road ‘ Sarn Helen’. On this stretch there are some lovely views {behind you] of Snowdonia. Descending on to the A5 road and valley we cross the river via the old ‘Miners’ Bridge’ before turning east back to the town either along the river bank or via a slightly higher wood/road track. Either way, we shall be in good time to relax in the pub.

We shall be amongst trees a fair bit so if you have any “mossi spray” then a good dose of it as you leave the coach on arrival would be a bonus. Because of the terrain, this walk has been shortened to about 8-9 miles but it remains ample to lose a few lbs!!