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Event Reports from South Midlands Group


Sherborne Park and Windrush Valley. Oct 2018

16 Oct 2018 | South Midlands Group

My walk in Sherborne Park and the Windrush Valley was advertised on line with a picture of the large layby on the A40 which was not going to run out of parking space. The forecast was for some rain over the weekend but with Sunday dry but cooler. I had 12 people booked to come on the walk including a new potential Member.

On Sunday morning it was clear that the edge of Storm Callum had hit Gloucestershire. I contacted the South Midlands coordinator suggesting a curtailed walk given the unfortunate weather conditions of driving rain....
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The South Midlands walk over Bredon Hill on 9th September 2018

10 Sep 2018 | South Midlands Group

On 9th September 2018, 22 GOC members from the South Midlands and Western Midlands Groups including a visitor from Brazil went for quite a strenuous 10 mile walk over Bredon Hill, just south of Pershore. After meeting at Eckington Wharf, on the banks of the river Severn, they walked into Eckington village before heading across fields to St Catherine’s Farm and Woollas Hall. From Woollas Hall their path turned steeply uphill. After a lot of whinging about the lack of a coffee stop and the steepness of the hill, they finally reached the Banbury Stone Tower by which time they had really earned their lunch....
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Bidford on Avon, 12th Aug 18.

13 Aug 2018 | South Midlands Group

The forecast for Sunday was 85-90% chance of heavy rain! Despite this, 19 GOC members arrived, Tom was there 15 mins early and and even David J was on time! So the group set off in dry conditions in good spirits dodging into the refuges on the old stone bridge over the River Avon before heading to Barton where the group paused for a photo opportunity under the sign for the Cottage of Content pub. The second pretty village of Dorsington provided seating on the village green for a coffee stop. Here Mark Parker the GC explained both his links with the village and the life and times of its most famous resident Felix Dennis....
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Great Tew. July 2018.

12 Jul 2018 | South Midlands Group

Last Sunday, showing determination worthy of the Royal Marines, South Midlands stalwarts braved 30 Celsius to cover 9 miles through beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. We were rewarded with a diverse landscape of farmland, riverside trails, parkland, lakes and woods. For fans of the unusual, we were also treated to various points of interest, including the Beckham’s country retreat; our Prime Minister’s childhood home; Soho Farmhouse, playground of the rich and famous …and zebras!

The picturesque ...
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