3 December Terry and Martin led 6 walkers on a 7 mile walk around Newbold on Avon - taking in the next stretch of the Oxford Canal tow-path and tunnel (exciting!) as well as pretty villages and open meadows; the usual Warwickshire ridge and furrow undulations much in evidence as well as some smallish horses (ponies?) and battalions of sheep. Following heavy rain on Saturday night we expected - and found - plenty of mud, floods and puddles to test quality of walking boots (all waterproof luckily) and ability to stay upright on slippery slopes (4 passed, two failed...). It was, once again, a bright and mild day - Winter walking really is a pleasure, mud notwithstanding.
19 November Five of us set off on a perfect autumn day to walk around Brinklow- including a lovely stretch of the Oxford canal; lunch on the village green then back to the start via a stack of mountaineering cows, a ridge and furrow 'cricket field' and a little bit of 'not quite lost' around the prison service college. Happy to report that the mud season is well underway - offering interesting sliding experiences for all.
5 November Gill and Tony led a 5-mile circular trek from Alcester to Coughton Court (connections to Guy Fawkes!). A walk with more than its fair share of locals with attitude - when is a right of way not a right of way? However, all ended happily and the The Tudor Rose tea room was an added bonus.
22 October- The first walk of the autumn programme, Kay led 6 people round a familiar route starting at the National Trust property at Baddersley Clinton. A lovely, bucolic setting with a pretty church nearby, complete with mysterious headstone engraved with a skull and crossbones (a rather dim land-locked pirate perhaps?). Walk started in warm sunshine and ended in warm drizzle, and no entry to the NT teashop.....Boo!