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Ribbesford Woods walk report 7th April 2019 Western Midlands

It’s a sign of the camaraderie of the Western Midlans Group that when poor health prevented Ray Jones from leading his planned walk, Chris T, John W and I all volunteered to lead the walk for him.  We started the walk on the banks of the River Severn and then proceeded up a steep climb into Ribbesford Woods passing the historic 16th C Ribbesford House.  Currently undergoing major renovation the house has links to William the Conqueror and Charles de Gaulle. After a woodland coffee stop the group of 24 walkers and 3 dogs encountered a new experience crossing a field used by 4x4 enthusiasts to test their metal!  Unscathed we rejoined the river, crossing at Stourport-on-Severn where we enjoyed a lunch stop in the park.  A gentle stroll back up the river in warm sunshine with views of Bewdley Town football club and major water pipeline works provided a easy end to the walk.  The majority of the walkers then enjoyed a chat, tea and ice creams out doors on the banks of the river in Bewdley. Paul A.  We all hope Ray makes a speedy recovery.

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