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Sun 21/07/2019, Stanton, Stanway and Snowshill

Easy 8 miles / 12.9 km

One of the Cotswold's quintessential walks.  Gently undulating hills, historic villages and hopefully some good views.  We start in the village of Stanton, walk towards Stanway and then head up through the woods to Snowshill, which has a church and the well-known Snowshill Manor that dates to Tudor times.  The track then descends towards Laverton with explansive views ahead to the Vale of Evesham and beyond, before returning to Stanton.

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Sun 28/07/2019, Henley-in-Arden & countryside

Easy 9 miles / 14.5 km

A walk from Henley-in-Arden, with the possibility of ice-cream or cake afterwards.

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Sun 04/08/2019, Malvern Beacons

Moderate 10 miles / 16.1 km

Walking over the two highest points of the Malverns (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) this route takes in the Hereford Beacon, Millennium Hill, Hangman's Hill, Worcestershire Beacon, Summer Hill, Jubilee Hill,  Black Hill & North Hill.  

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Sun 11/08/2019, Northleach & countryside

Moderate 12 miles / 19.3 km

From the attractive town of Northleach to Chedworth and back through quintessential rolling Cotswolds landscape, stopping at the Chedworth Roman Villa for lunch and time to look around or use the tea shop. (Villa is a National Trust property, £11 for non-members)

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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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Sat 14/09/2019, 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 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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