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At the foot of the Blackdowns

After the rains of the preceding Saturday it was nice to welcome 10 hikers and 2 dogs for the walk. It was a cloudy start and with a chilly wind we set off on our ramble along grassed lanes, fields and tracks. Several stretches were damp and muddy underfoot which didn't dampen our enthusiasm.

We stopped for a quick lunch break under some old beech trees, a carpet of autumnal coloured leaves softened our weary legs while we enjoyed our sandwiches. 

After lunch we continued towards Wellington and encountered a disused quarry and what appeared to be an old abandoned canal. Discussions ensued as to the route of the canal, its name and route.

Further on we took the path under the main railway line and fortunately the river was not in flood and we passed with minimum effort.

A number of years ago various water management systems were created to provide a consistent supply of water to the local mills. We walked close to these systems, where we had to tread carefully over an ancient wear. 

The last short leg was through the outskirts of Rockwell Green and return to our start.

As you are reading this you will gather that all members started and finished the walk. 

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