It was encouraging that a night out wining and dining at one of Western Midlands GOC’s regular social gatherings in Birmingham city centre on the previous evening did not affect most of the revellers’ ability to rouse themselves for our walk the following day. A contingent of 24 regular and new walkers ( plus two dogs) enjoyed a balmy day out criss-crossing the picturesque valley of the River Rea which marks the boundary between Worcestershire and Shropshire. The walk leader’s description of the terrain as “persistently undulating” was judged to be fairly accurate by the end of the walk. However the result of that was some fine distant views over the countryside with a mixture of wooded valleys and open fields, with a glimpse of a Grade I listed mini mansion thrown in for good measure. Our relaxed lunch stop was in the pretty little town of Cleobury Mortimer in front of the historic parish church with its twisted spire. The photo shows the group pausing for breath and striking a pose on a footbridge over the Rea.