Next walk: Warley Woods, 8 September 2019

In September, we will go on the Warley Woods History Trail and visit Lightwoods House.
Warley Woods is a lovely green space, just 4 miles from Birmingham city centre, and consists of one third woodland, one third meadow and a nine-hole golf course.

Our walk leader, who is one of the Warley Woods Trustees, will slowly take us along the 3-mile History Trail so that you can take in the information.
Leaflets are available for you to use and a donation for them would be appreciated.

Warley Woods is unique in that it is owned and run by the community, has won the Green Flag Award for the last 10 years and is based on a landscape designed by Humphry Repton in the 1780s. There are 15 trustees and over a thousand members of the trust. 400 volunteers contribute at events and do other things like litter picking, planting trees and clearing paths.
For more information, go to www.warleywoods.org .

At the end of the History Trail, we will have the option of a trip to Lightwoods House and Park to see the Grade II-listed 18th century house that was refurbished using a 5 million pound lottery grant.

There is a lovely Shakespeare garden at the back to walk around but no dogs are allowed. Lightwoods Park is flat but the woods rise up and down with the highest point at the water tower, which is 235 meters above sea level, so there will be some nice views although we cannot access the tower.

All in all the walk will be no more than 4 miles.

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: Bewdley, 11 August 2019

In August, we will go on an exciting four mile walk with steam train return.

We will set off from Bewdley, walking alongside the river and through parkland to a kissing gate.

A small footbridge will take us up to Seckley Wood where we can take a break.

Leaving the woodland, we then continue onto Upper Arley, passing under the impressive Victoria Bridge and then taking a short walk uphill to Arley Station.

The station is lovingly preserved. It offers plenty of refreshments and a nice picnic area to enjoy them in while we wait for the steam train to take us back to Bewdley. Please note that charges apply to travel.

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the train.

On our arrival back at Bewdley station, it’s only a short walk downhill back to our starting point.

Meet at the usual place or 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: Cannock Chase, 14 July 2019

Join us for July’s Boot Women walk: a five mile circular in the area of Milford Common and Cannock Chase.

We’ll be taking in the historical Shugborough Hall, home to the Earls of Lichfield, and the nearby impressive packhorse bridge which is the longest remaining of its kind in England.

Cannock Chase has an extensive area of forest woodland and parkland and was designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958 because of its beautiful landscape, its wildlife and its history.

There are no stiles on this walk, but there are a couple of busy road crossings, some stepping stones, a narrow bridge, and several gates. Despite this, the walk is suitable for well behaved dogs as usual.

We will start and finish at Milford Common. There are toilet facilities opposite the car par. (And there is usually an ice-cream van on the car park 🙂 )
There is also a pub opposite for post walk refreshments.

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

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: Birmingham to Wolverhampton (9 June)

Our June walk will be longer than normal: we will walk all the way from Gas Street Basin in Birmingham to Broad Street Basin, following the new Main Line Canal, which has an excellent towpath.

We’ll be covering 15 miles, which we expect to complete in seven hours, allowing time for a couple of stops.

On completion of the walk we will return to Birmingham on the train or tram.

As this is a longer walk, please remember to bring the following:
– Plenty to drink and eat and something to sit on.
– Sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat, should it be warm, waterproofs in case of rain.
– A torch for in the tunnel.
– Suitable footwear: light walking shoes or comfortable trainers.

Well behaved dogs are 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: Brewood (12 May 2019)

This walk is a gentle  5 mile circular walk from the Oakley Arms pub  in Brewood (pronounced “Brood!”) in South Staffordshire. It crosses arable fields and follows quiet tracks and lanes with Belvide Reservoir and the former Black Ladies Priory to take in  along the way. There is plenty of wildlife to enjoy, including a wealth of wildfowl on the reservoir which is managed as a nature reserve. There is also some interesting history to this area.

The walk is relatively flat with just a few gentle slopes. There are no stiles or kissing gates on route, just a few single bridle gates and one sleeper bridge to negotiate. The paths can be muddy or waterlogged at times and they are also rutted and uneven in part, so good boots are a must.

Brewood is a small village in South Staffordshire, located about 11 miles south of Stafford and easily accessed from the A5. The Oakley Arms is located on Kiddemore Green Road, between Brewood and the small hamlet of Kiddemore Green. It is a luxurious pub with a great menu and fantastic views over a lake  for after walk drinking/dining should you wish.

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

Well behaved dogs are welcome – but please be aware that there might be livestock 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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April walk: Berkswell, 14/04/2019

Our April walk will be a 5 to 6 mile walk starting from the village of Berkswell near Coventry.

The route takes in some attractive countryside and farmland. The walk is mostly flat with a few gentle slopes. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and stiles. There may be livestock in some of the fields.
The terrain is likely to be muddy so suitable footwear is required.
The walk starts and ends at the Bear Inn in Berkswell. It’s a really nice pub and some of you may want to join us for drinks after the walk.

Meet at the usual place or 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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March walk: Three Parks Trail (10 March 2019)

Our March walk will be another local one: a leisurely 5-mile circular stroll through three of South Birmingham’s lovely parks.
This route is the perfect escape from city life. Heading through Kings Heath park, Highbury park, Cannon Hill park and along a stretch of the river Rea, we will walk past water features, beautifully planted flower beds, a cricket ground and fascinating areas of allotments.
As we follow this route, we’ll be surrounded by greenery and wildlife, making it hard to believe that we’re in the middle of Birmingham.

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

Well behaved dogs are 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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February walk: Pattingham Circular (10 Feb 2019)

This is a 5 to 6 mile circular walk from the pretty village of Pattingham, Staffordshire (roughly seven miles from both Wolverhampton and Bridgnorth).

The walk starts in Pattingham village, follows roads for a short distance before heading past fields and woodland. The walk offers lots of views of the surrounding countryside and Wolverhampton can be seen on a clear day!!

The walk is quite flat with very shallow gradients and is an easy going walk. There are half a dozen stiles to navigate, but some can be avoided. The roads are mainly quiet, but some are lacking in pavements, so we will need to take care.
The walk will be suitable for (well-behaved) dogs and it is actually known for being popular amongst dog walkers and twitchers, too.

Some parts are likely to be muddy/overgrown so as always appropriate footwear is necessary.
Remember to bring some lunch / drinks and something to sit on.

Meet at the usual place or 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: Hatton Locks, 13 January 2019

Join us in January for a gentle walk of about 5 miles which takes in part of the canal at Hatton locks.

There will be a small amount of walking on quiet roads as part of the walk. The terrain is not challenging but it will be muddy, so please wear appropriate walking shoes/boots.
The walk should take around 2 hours, and afterwards we can enjoy either a cuppa at the canal cafe or a pint in the pub.

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

Well-behaved dogs are also welcome.

Meet at the usual place or 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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Last walk of the year: Birmingham Canals and Christmas Market, 9 Dec 2018


Our last walk of the year will be a relaxing exploration of the canals around Birmingham city centre.
The walk will take a maximum of 2 hours and will finish at the Christmas Market, where you will be invited to enjoy a glass of mulled wine courtesy of Boot Women.
Towpaths might be a bit slippery so ensure you wear appropriate footwear.

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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