After an unsettled week weatherwise, today's walk started with beautiful blue skies and continued warm and sunny throughout the day.
22 walkers set off through the woods along the top of the Edgehill escarpment enjoying the late summer sunshine. After an hour or so walking below the trees we emerged into open fields for our morning coffee break, with breathtaking views accross the Vale of the Red Horse, where we could see Ilmington Hill in the foreground and the Malvern Hills in the distance.
During our break, Brian gave us an interesting talk about the part played by the Battle of Edgehill in the English Civil War, in 1642. Thank you Brian.
We also learned a little about how the local area became known as the Vale of the Red Horse, and the various equine figures cut out in to the adjacent hillside in centuries past.
We continued on to the sleepy and picturesque village of Shenington for lunch on the village green and for some a swift half in the local pub.
After lunch we continued on our way through Upton Estates and pasture land until we found ourselves back in Edgehill and the iconic Castle Inn for welcome refreshments and yet more views over the Vale of the Red Horse.
Great to see so many out walking and clearly enjoying themselves. The usual local attendees being joined by faces old and new from as far as Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Bromsgrove, Malvern, Worcester, Cheltenham, Oxford and Milton Keynes.
Thank you all for driving so far to join us and I look forward to seeing you all out on another walk soon.