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Sun 18/08/2019, Ettington and countryside

Easy 10 miles / 16.1 km

The walk is relatively flat with no big hills!  Starting in Ettington we cross the Fosse going towards thr Pillertons, firstly Pillerton Hershey and then Pillerton Priors.  We then walk over to Halford via the hamlet of Fulready.  Refreshments available in Halford if we need to.  The last part of the walk follows the River Stour for a little way, and then we walk through the woodland that belongs to the Ettington Chase Hotel (supposedly haunted!) until we get back to Ettington.

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Sun 25/08/2019, Crick and the Watford Gap

Easy 9 miles / 14.5 km

First stop is the viewpoint of Crick's Hill, then a fishery, before we head south on the Jurassic Way to the village of Watford and its canal lock staircase in the gap now used by the A5 and M1 roads.  The canal, a quiet road and a wide verge will return us to the start via the church and its recently restored tower, faced with pink Hartshill stone.

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Sat 07/09/2019, Quantock Hills weekend away day 1

Moderate 8 miles / 12.9 km

Please comtact the walk organiser or the Bear Walking Group if you are interested in this weekend away.  See website for accommodation: http://www.campbellroom.org.uk

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Sun 08/09/2019, Quantock Hills weekend away day 2

Moderate 9 miles / 14.5 km

See day 1.  You must contact the organiser if you are interested in this weekend away.

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Sun 15/09/2019, Painswick and countryside

Moderate 12 miles / 19.3 km

From the historic town of Painswick we climb Painswick Beacon for views across the Severn Valley to Gloucester. Down the hill to Paradise and along the Wysis way to the Slad Valley for lunch by a quiet stream. Into Slad to see the Laurie Lee memorial window and then back to Painswick.

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Sun 29/09/2019, Bretforton and Honebourne

Easy 7 miles / 11.3 km

Athough an almost entirely flat walk amidst the pastures of the Vale of Evesham, the western escarpment of the Cotswolds is in sight for much of the way and the views are extensive and unimpeded.  The walk uses a mixture of tracks and field paths to link the two villages.  May be muddy if the weather has been muddy.  7.5 miles in total

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Sun 06/10/2019, Hanbury and countryside

Leisurely 8 miles / 12.9 km

A leisurely walk from Hanbury and out into the countryside.  The walk ends with a stop for tea at The Jinney Ring Craft Centre.

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Sun 13/10/2019, Mickleton and countryside

Moderate 12 miles / 19.3 km

South across fields to Burnt Norton (inspiration for a TS Eliot poem), then up to Dovers Hill for views across the Vale of Evesham, Bredon Hill and the Malverns.  Further along the Cotswold Way, we stop for lunch at Fish Hill.  Skirting the edge of Broadway to admire some large houses, then returning north to the start through villages and woods.

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Sun 20/10/2019, Willoughby - Hillmorton

Moderate 11 miles / 17.7 km

A good walk combining field-paths and canal towpath in very rural surroundings and although of considerable distance, not greatly strenuous as it is mostly on the level.Starting from Willoughby, the route takes the narrow road to leave the village, then field-paths before reaching the North Oxford Canal. A short section skirts the lovely Barby Hill, following the contours of the land. Country roads and field-paths are taken again, to reach Hillmorton on the outskirts of Rugby. This is a sizeable village and several of its streets are walked on the way to Hillmorton Locks and Visitor Centre. Once a very important canal centre, it was the British Waterways Maintenance Yard and Section Office. The three locks are in pairs, an improvement carried out in 1840 to speed the flow of traffic. Myriad transmitting masts dominate the sky and are a landmark for miles around. They were once a well-known feature for the working boatmen, especially when lit up at night.The lengthy stretch of canal walking on the return journey is delightfully tranquil and green, with many interesting points along the way, until Willoughby Wharf is reached. From here it is but a short distance back to Willoughby Village.

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Sun 24/11/2019, Hartwell & countryside

Easy 10 miles / 16.1 km

From Hartwell we dip under the M1 to enter Salcey Forest. Through the forest stopping at the famous Milking Oak for pictures we continue to Piddington for lunch. Return takes us up close to a wind farm and through the village of Ashton.

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Sun 01/12/2019, Farthingstone and countyside

Easy 10 miles / 16.1 km

A circular walk from Farthingstone through woods and fields to the villages of Litchborough and Preston Capes.

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