It was a gloriously sunny day when 22 men and two dogs set off from Chaddesley Corbett on what turned out to be a ten mile walk through cornfields, coppices and woods. Beforehand, we learnt about the saint that the local church is named after – St Cassian. He was an Italian, put to death in the 4th Century, in a manner Simon found particularly interesting.
We walked through fields full of new shoots of corn, a wonderful green with the sun shining through them. On the way to our coffee stop we encountered horses, something which was to happen a lot during the walk. There were moans from you know who about the coffee stop being in the shade, so we made sure lunch stop was in full sunlight as you can see from the picture.
Two of the woods we went through were remnants of the medieval Feckenham Forest – beautiful paths with dappled sunlight glinting the autumnal colours. After lunch we strode past Ray's old farm, bringing back many memories for him. And onwards until we had a short tea stop with glorious vistas of the Malverns and Bredon Hill, Then finally descending through Chaddesley Wood and fields of livestock until we reached our start point at the Swan pub, where some of the members wetted their whistle before heading back home, after a walk through the most beautiful English countryside.