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Event Reports from Annual Outdoor Gathering Group


AOG Brown Clee

10 Aug 2018 | Western Midlands, Annual Outdoor Gathering Groups

At 10.30 27 of us and a dog set off from the picnic area aside Brown Clee hill near to the village of Cleobury North a few miles west of Brignorth. After the long and hot weather there was a forecast of possible showers during the day with rain definitely by the afternoon. Whilst no one really wanted to be climbing hills in temperatures of late 20’s neither did we want to get rain and windswept in open hillside. After a gentle gradient climb amongst pastures used by sheep we were able to see across to the Wrekin landmark to the west of Telford where we had come from and make out the location of the Ironbridge Gorge....
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AOG Quiz Sunday 29th July

10 Aug 2018 | Western Midlands, Annual Outdoor Gathering Groups

As this year's compere of the traditional Sunday evening quiz it was probably best that I didn’t return from leading a 12 mile walk during the day until about 5.45 in the afternoon. Less time alone in my room to contemplate the task ahead was probably an advantage!

As an AOG first timer I was conscious of following in the worthy footsteps of past quiz setter and host Peter Blackburn and did not really know what to expect. Peter’s guidance beforehand about structuring the quiz was most welcome.

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AOG Walk Sunday 29th July - Bridgnorth & The River Severn

10 Aug 2018 | Western Midlands, Annual Outdoor Gathering Groups

With the rain coming down as threatened before the start the original contingent of 18 booked for this walk had been depleted to 10 at the start point. However the brave ones were rewarded as the steady drizzle had all but ended within about half an hour after setting off, and the weather was positively balmy from late morning onwards.

The morning half of the walk took us over rolling countryside a little distance away from the riverbank and proved to be full of contrasts. Immediately after negotiating an ...
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AOG Walk Saturday 28th July - Haughmond Hill & Haughmond Abbey

10 Aug 2018 | Western Midlands, Annual Outdoor Gathering Groups

A round dozen of the AOG membership set off from the popular day trippers’ venue of the Forestry Commission parkland at Haughmond Hill, within sight of the eastern outskirts of Shrewsbury. A brief early panic about one turn which had become engulfed by bracken was happily overcome by the fact that the trusty back marker, Ray Jones, had found a slight detour on his own recce of the walk a week or so beforehand.

The group was able to negotiate the 8 mile route at a relaxed pace with plenty of chance to make new acquaintances....
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