Warm autumnal sunshine welcomed 16 walkers and Mango the dog to The Severn Valley Country Park for an 8 mile walk across the former coal mining area. Green meadows, a wide variety of trees and a very full river completely masked all signs of the areas industrial past.
Accompanied by the sound of steam locomotive whistles on the Severn Vally Railway the group set off along the River Severn towards Highley. Large flocks of ducks, a few swans and a little mud were encountered on route.
Turning away from the river we expected easier going, sadly a farm yard and rain soaked mud baths (AKA fields) greeted us, earning Peter our intrepid walk leader, the accolade of leading the muddiest walk of 2019! Peter redeemed himself with benches for the lunch stop and a cafe providing tea and cakes at the end. All in all an enjoyable 8.6 miles of good company, engaging conversation and interesting countryside views.