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Self drive walks: Walkers are asked where possible to minimise the use of cars by meeting at South Parade Car Park and sharing transport. Walkers who may on occasion wish to meet the main group at the walk start location, rather than South Parade, must notify the Walk Leader in advance. e.g. those who live near to the start location or who are unable to offer car sharing . Passengers are encouraged to offer a fair, voluntary contribution towards petrol.
Walk Leaders are encouraged to send brief walk details to the Web Editor for inclusion on this page. Non coach walks should include directions & time of the walk start.
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Monday 1st Jan
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Hartlebury map_link
Colin Little 323 2814
New Years Day
Walk Start TimePlease note start time 10:00

Walk directions2Take the M5 to junction 3 and follow the A456 towards Kidderminster. At the traffic lights in West Hagley, bear left on to A450 signpost Worcester and follow this road to its junction with the A449. Turn left and in ΒΌ mile turn right on to the B4193 towards Stourport. Continue through Hartlebury Village and in about 1 mile turn left following the brown tourist sign on to the free car park at Hartlebury Common. (map ref SO 825715).
Walk The WalkAfter the luxury of an extra hour before start time come and blow away the midwinter cobwebs with a walk of around 8 miles. As there are a number of options the precise route and distance will be decided on the day according to weather conditions. Begin by walking south over Hartlebury Common
before descending through the caravan park to reach the River Severn at Lincomb Weir, after which we follow the river upstream to Stourport. We walk around the canal basin before joining the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal which we follow as far as the Bird in Hand Inn. We turn east along the old
Hartlebury to Stourport branch of the Severn Valley railway line and then south along a field-side track into Hartlebury, passing the entrance to Hartlebury Castle. We take a tour of the village including its impressive church before returning to Hartlebury Common.”
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Monday 1st Jan
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Sutton Park
Colin Lowrey 382 1411
New Years Day
Walk Start TimePlease note start time 12:00

Walk directions2Start at Wyndley Gate
Walk The WalkStart the year walking with a ramble in our Park. Park at Wyndley then meet other walkers at Wyndley Gate for a ramble through the woodland and over the heathland of Sutton Park.
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Thursday 4th Jan
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Jobs Hill
Colin Lowrey 382 1411
Walk Start Time 09:30 at Wyndley Car Park blue-right-arrow
Walk directions2Take the Tamworth Road out of Sutton to Mile Oak. Left on the old A5 , Watling Street, towards Hints. Approaching Hints look out for the Strawberry Cabin signs on left. Park here.
Satnav B78 3DF
Walk The Walk There’s a pretty stretch of countryside just over the A38 from Sutton, between Canwell and Hints. There’s a couple of rounded wooded hills, nice to look at, with easy paths to walk on.

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Sunday 7th Jan
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Ticknall (Calke Abbey)
Phil Naylor 354 4018
Walk Start Time 09:00
Walk directions2Join the M42 North and leave at Junction 13 signed Ashby A511. At the large island go straight ahead following signs to Calke Abbey. At the next island take a right turn to join the B5006 towards Calke Abbey and Ticknall. At a “T” junction in the village turn right following signs to Calke Abbey and after about 150 yards turn left into Ingleby Lane and park in the public car-park.
Walk The Walk7 miles from Ticknall through the NT parkland of Calke Abbey
Sunday 7th Jan
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Walk Start Time 09:00
Walk directions2
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Thursday 11th Jan
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Roughley map_link
Colin Lowrey 382 1411
Walk Start Time 09:30 at Wyndley Car Park blue-right-arrow
Walk directions2Take Tamworth Road out of Sutton. Turn left at the lights into Weeford Road.
Mitchell’s Arts and Crafts is on your right. Park here.
Walk The WalkA 4 mile stroll through the rural fringes of Sutton. Fox Hill, Withy Hill and High Heath feature but don’t worry, it’s a level walk, with only a couple of stiles following footpaths, bridleways and farm tracks. Chat and drink tea at the Farmhouse Bistro aftercare ramble. back_button

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Sunday 14th Jan
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Longdon Green map_link
Jim Horton 07870 308545
Walk Start Time 09:00
Walk directions2Take the A51 north from Lichfield take the left turn into Longdon Green and either immediately left into a spur of road which was once the A51 and is now a cul-de-sac, you can park there or at the Red Lion pub in Hay Lane where there’s a large car park.
Walk The WalkA varied walk including fields, woods, heathland, some good views and an ancient monument.
The walk is a 9 Mile circular starting from the Red Lion, Longdon Green and going towards Upper Longdon, across Beaudesert Old Park and climbing up to Castle Ring. From there it’s through to Gentleshaw Common turning east to Chorley and then north back to Longdon Green. Some stiles mostly at the beginning and end of the walk and a couple of muddy fields.
Sunday 14th Jan
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Wombourne
Sue Wright 355 1049
7 Miles (11.2km)
Walk Start Time
09:00
Walk directions2Visitors Centre Car Park, Wombourne Station grid ref. 871939
Walk The WalkFrom the Visitor Centre we follow the railway walk, then a path by the Wom Brook into Wombourne village. We pass the church and school to reach Billy Bunns Lane before climbing the hill to Showell Lane, eventually reaching Lower Penn. We return to the railway walk and then take the towpath at Awbridge to reach Bratch Lock and the Pumping Station and back to the Visitor Centre Car Park Tea Room. The walk is mostly flat, there are two inclines and some road walking.  back_button

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Sunday 21st Jan
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Hopwas/Hints map_link
Brian Nash 240 7771
8.5 Miles (13.5km)
Walk Start Time
09:00
Walk directions2Leave Car Park and turn left into Upper Holland Rd then turn right into High St as far as the Lights. turn right onto A453 Tamworth Rd across the lights at Mile Oak and at the Island take 2nd Exit SP Hopwas Plantation lane. At the Tee Junct. turn left and after 200 yds park in the Large Layby on your Left
Walk The WalkThe Undulating walk is a mix of OS paths Tracks Lanes and Woodland. As its mostly sand and gravel underfoot around there is not to much mud. Good view from the top of Gorsey Hill. Elevation 850 ft 
Sunday 21st Jan
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Sandon map_link
Roger Gallier 07967 257193
Walk Start Time 09:00
Walk directions2Head for Lichfield then take A51 beyond Rugeley, through Great Haywood and Weston, to the Dog and Doublet at the junction of A51 and B 5066. A 30 mile journey, maybe 40 minutes. Satnav ST18 0DJ. BE CAREFUL TO OBSERVE VARIABLE SPEED LIMITS ON A51. CAMERAS IN OPERATION.
Walk The Walk6 miles or so of Staffordshire countryside through the villages of Sandon, Weston and Salt. There’s a stroll along the Trent and Mersey Canal. There’s Sandon Park, the ornamental parkland to Sandon Hall with the impressive Trentham Tower en route. And there are refreshments at the Dog and Doublet. back_button

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Hanchurch Hills map_link
John Brookes 350 4081
Sunday 28th Jan C   Colin Lowrey 3821411
Walk Start Time 08:00
Walk The WalkFrom Trentham Gardens formality we’re heading west into the Staffordshire countryside beyond the M6
Walk The WalkTwo circular walks from the village of Swynnerton. John has the short walk(7 miles) through Beech and along a wooded ridge that overlooks the Potteries.There’s woodland, field paths and a green lane to follow before the sanctuary of the Fitzherbert Arms ( Lord Stafford’s local!) Colin has a longer walk (9 miles) with the impressive Hatton Hall for a coffee stop, the woodland of Swynnerton Old Park, picnic tables for an alternative fresco lunch, then some sandstone caves the before lure of the Fitzherbert. back_button

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