Next walk: Heart of England Forest, 10 July 2022

Our July walk will be through the Heart of England Forest, which covers a mosaic of habitats across 7,000 acres of land in Warwickshire and Worcestershire, including 4,000 acres of new woodland and 600 acres of mature and ancient woodland. Its ambitious project is to re-plant 30,000 acres of woodland.

The walk follows a flat 4 mile route through growing forest, taking in new tree planting, more mature woodland and meandering brooks. We will pass the Founder’s Rock, sculptures and stop for lunch in the Forest Arboretum.

Part of the walk may be muddy and sturdy walking shoes or boots are recommended.

Remember to bring some lunch / drinks and something to sit on.

Well-behaved dogs are also welcome.

Contact us for details on how to go to the start of the walk.

We are still collecting for Women’s Aid, and optional donations of 1£ (or more) will be welcome.

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Next walk: Woodgate Valley Country Park, 8 May 2022

This month’s walk starts from Woodgate Valley Country Park and takes us through fields, over the Lapal Canal Tunnel, past a 13th-century ruined abbey and down green lanes through an ancient woodland. It’s approximately 3 1⁄2 miles long.

The walking is generally moderate with gentle inclines. There are a lot of stiles – mostly easy ones, with a few that are a bit more challenging. There is between 5-10 minutes of road walking at the beginning and end of the walk and a couple of moderately busy roads to cross (although they will be quieter on a Sunday).
The path may be muddy in places so please wear walking boots.

About 2/3 of the way round, we will stop at the Black Horse pub in Illey for drinks, coffees and/or toilets.

The walk is suitable for dogs on leads – at the beginning, we go through a field with horses and electrified fences and there may be sheep in some of the fields later on the walk. In early May, there may still be lambs.

Contact us for details on how to go to the start of the walk.
We are still collecting for Women’s Aid, and optional donations of 1£ (or more) will be welcome.

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Next walk: Malvern Hills, 10 April 2022

Our April walk takes us to the Malvern Hills, a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our route includes the North Hill and the Worcestershire Beacon as well as a drinks and social break at the Wyche Inn.
Please note that this a five-mile route which involves some challenging walking.
Remember to bring some lunch / drinks and something to sit on.
Well behaved dogs are also welcome but owners should follow this code of conduct.

Contact us for details on how to go to the start of the walk.
We are still collecting for Women’s Aid, and optional donations of 1£ (or more) will be welcome.

Join us!

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Next walk: Saltwells Nature Reserve, 13 March 2022

This month’s walk is another of the Cut ‘n Coal trails following the history of our industrial past. The walk leads us through one of the UK’s largest urban nature reserves, Saltwells National Nature Reserve, which is characterised by its mixture of world-class geology, bluebell covered ancient woodland and nationally important heritage.

The route is four miles long and generally moderate but it includes one steep incline. We will cross a busy road so please take care. The path is likely to be muddy in places and walking boots are recommended.

Remember to bring some lunch / drinks and something to sit on.

Dogs are welcome but they must be kept on a lead as ponies graze in one of the fields.

Contact us for details on how to go to the start of the walk.

We are still collecting for Women’s Aid, and optional donations of 1£ (or more) will be welcome.

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Next walk: Lickey Hills, 13 Feb 2022

Our February walk takes us to the delightful Lickey Hills, one of Birmingham’s most varied parks. Covering over 500 acres, it has a complex and interesting geology which has created a variety of habitats. These include woodlands, heathland and grassland, which are home to an incredible diversity of wildlife.

The walk is 5-7km long and has varying moderate inclines. The ground is uneven and can be very muddy. Walking boots are recommended.

We’ll finish at the Duck Pond Cafe, where good take-out coffee can be enjoyed.

Remember to bring some lunch / drinks and something to sit on.

Well behaved dogs are welcome if they can navigate stiles.

Contact us for details on how to go to the start of the walk.

We are still collecting for Women’s Aid, and optional donations of 1£ (or more) will be welcome.

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Next walk: Jewellery Quarter, 9 Jan 2022

For the first walk of the new year we are going to explore Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and Key Hill Cemetery.

The centre of Birmingham’s industrial life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, there’s lots to see in the Jewellery Quarter as we walk around.  For those of us with an interest in women’s history, there are lots of connections – the women pen-makers  who produced approximately three quarters of the world’s pens in the mid to late 19th century; Anne Colmore, head of the Colmore family who laid out the estate in the 17th century; the grave of Constance Naden, a significant 19th century poet who shared a house with a female friend and devoted herself to women’s causes.

Key Hill Cemetery, built in 1833, is a garden cemetery with winding pathways and grand buildings.  It’s a lovely place to explore and walk in and there are some very interesting people buried there.

The walk will be on pavements.  Weather conditions permitting, we may walk down a short stretch of canal towpath, but there are alternatives if that looks too slippery.

You can bring sandwiches but the jewellery quarter has lots of pubs and cafes so we may want to eat indoors in the warm.

Dogs are not permitted in the cemetery.

If anyone wants to make a longer day of it, we could finish off the day with a visit either to the Pen Museum or to the Coffin Works.  See https://penmuseum.org.uk/ and http://www.coffinworks.org/ for more details.

Contact us for details on how to go to the start of the walks.

We are still collecting for Women’s Aid, and optional donations of 1£ (or more) will be welcome.

 Join us!

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Next walk: Birmingham Canals & Christmas Market (12 Dec 2021)

Our final walk of the year will be a relaxing exploration of the canals around Birmingham city centre. It will include a pub stop at the Hen & Chickens on Constitution Hill. A visit to the Christmas Market on Victoria Square will conclude our walk.
For most of the route, we will walk along the canal under the city. Towpaths might be a bit slippery so please ensure you wear appropriate footwear.

Please note that this walk is not suitable for dogs.
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ease maintain sensible distances on the walk.
Contact us for details on how to go to the start of the walks.

We are still collecting for Women’s Aid, and optional donations of 1£ (or more) will be welcome.

 Join us!

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Upcoming walks

Please come join us for our autumn walks!

12 September: Cannock Chase

This will be a 5km walk around Brindley Heath. The path will be on tarmac, gravel and earth and can be slippery in places. It has one steep climb and descent but no stiles. We will cross a main road, so please take care. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring a waterproof jacket in case of inclement weather.
We will take a break during the walk so bring something to eat and drink.

14 November: Bumble Hole Nature Centre

Our 3.4km walk will follow the Cut n Coal Trail around this former mining site. Now a conservation area,  our route will follow canal towpaths and public access footpaths that can be both muddy and slippy so sturdy footwear is advisable. Wrap up warm as the area is quite open. The trail is on fairly level well trodden ground with two medium gradient uphill sections.
As on all of our walks, we will stop for a break so bring something to eat and drink. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.

Contact us for details on how to go to the start of the walks.
Please maintain sensible distances on the walks.

We are still collecting for Women’s Aid, and optional donations of 1£ (or more) will be welcome.

 Join us!

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Next walk: Cannon Hill Park, 8 August 2021

Cannon Hill Park

Boot Women walks are back!

Join us at for our first walk through Cannon Hill Park. We are taking a cautious approach as we appreciate that some of you may be a little apprehensive, so with this in mind, we will follow a 5km route which should take around two hours to complete. The route is predominantly flat with one small incline.

Following the walk we will have a picnic so please bring something to eat and drink. Also something to sit on.
Please maintain sensible distances on the walk and during the picnic.
Well behaved dogs are also welcome.

N.B.: Parking charges apply in the park (four hours £ 2.60, payable by cash or phone).

Contact us for details on how to go to the start of the walk.

We are still collecting for Women’s Aid, and optional donations of 1£ (or more) will be welcome.

We look forward to seeing friends old and new. Join us!

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Boot Women walks suspended

Following the government’s guidance on social distancing, we have decided to cancel our walks until further notice.
Stay safe and #flattenthecurve!

 

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