October walk: Brewood

October’s Boot Women walk will be 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.

Join us!

 

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Boot Women Socials

We have updated our Community events page with some exciting socials for this autumn.

Check them out and join us!

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Pictures from the September walk

If you want to see some pictures from our fabulous September walk, led by Michelle and Di, head over to our Facebook group

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Next walk: South Staffordshire Railway Walk

Our September walk will take us to the South Staffordshire Railway Walk and contains approximately 8.5 miles of level walking, leading us through wooded areas of maintained paths and along canal side paths.
Starting at Compton, we’ll set off on the old Railway line for the first 3.5 miles.
We will stop alongside The Railway Café near Bratch Locks to eat the snack you’ve brought with you or you can purchase food and drink from the café if you wish.
The remaining 5 miles will take us on the return route along the canal.
Half a lemonade or a wee Babycham can be consumed at the Public House opposite the car park on our completion of the walk.

There are no stiles or livestock to negotiate and dogs are welcome.

Meet at the usual place or contact us for details on how to go directly to the start of the walk.

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

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: Clent Hills, 12 August 2018


Join us for the August 2018 walk in the beautiful Clent Hills, a stunning countryside haven in the heart of the West Midlands.
This beauty spot will take us through approximately 4 miles of stunning scenery, wooded areas, offering panoramic views of the Cotswolds, Welsh Borders and the Shropshire Hills. 

The walk is moderate to hard due to the nature of the terrain as there are a few hills and a few stiles to negotiate. As we embark on the walk, there can be as many or as few breaks as needed with a lunch stop at a suitable point. The toposcope and the four stones will be our final points where walkers can truly take in the views of the surrounding area before we make our way to the Nimmings Café for a well-earned tea break! There will be toilet facilities at the start and at the end of the walk.

Please note this walk is slightly harder than usual Boot Women walks. It is not extremely difficult, therefore anyone of average fitness should be fine, but it is not completely flat due to the hills and is more strenuous than some previous walks.
We strongly recommend that walking boots/shoes are worn for this route.

Well behaved dogs are welcome, but please be mindful that for approx 1 mile near the start of the walk we pass an electric fence where dogs will need to be kept on a lead.

Meet at the usual place or contact us for details on how to go directly to the start of the walk.

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

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

Join us!

 

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Boot Women in the News!

Jonathan Hipkiss / Exposure Photography


On our July walk, Boot Women were joined by a reporter from the Huffington Post who then published this lovely article about us. Why not give it a read?

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Next walk: Lickey Hills (8 July 2018)

Join us in July for a lovely walk through the Lickey Hills, a green flag award-winning 524 acre country park right on our door step.
Deciduous, spruce and pine trees line our 4.5 mile route along with over 380 types of flowering plants and ferns. There is wildlife in in abundance with deer, badgers, birds and reptiles making the park their home.
As we head upwards on our leisurely walk, the only incline takes us to our lunch stop: the Toposcope on Beacon Hill, which offers breath-taking views of Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

Meet at the usual place or contact us for details on how to go directly to the start of the walk.

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

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: Millennium Way, Studley and Morton Bagot (10 June, 2018)

Our June walk is along the Millennium Way (Studley and Morton Bagot). It is an 8-mile figure-of-eight walk from the village of Studley in Warwickshire. The countryside is glorious, and the walk takes you through open countryside, along riverside and through woodland with a short section along quiet country lanes. The walk incorporates a section of the Millennium Way where we will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarkers.

The route includes a few steady gradients and follows a mixture of field, riverside and woodland paths which can be muddy. There are a couple of sections along quiet lanes. We will negotiate several kissing gates and footbridges plus one stile (which should be suitable for dogs). We will be sharing several of the fields with livestock.

Please note this walk is slightly harder and longer than usual Boot Women walks. It is not  extremely difficult and anyone of average fitness should be fine  but it is not completely flat and is more strenuous than some.

Meet at the usual place or contact us for details on how to go directly to the start of the walk.

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

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

Join us!

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Birmingham Pride 2018

Boot Women will be walking in the parade at Birmingham Pride 2018 (26 May)!
We’ll be meeting from 11.30 am in Victoria Square – to join us simply watch out for the green and white Boot Women banner.

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May Walk: Ironbridge (13 May 2018)

Our May walk will take us to Ironbridge and is 5-6 miles long. We will start at the Green Wood Centre and walk along the side of the River Severn then cross the World Heritage Site Ironbridge where you’ll be able to see the recent restoration work. We continue uphill then it flattens off across farmland and on to National Trust property Benthall Hall. We’ll have a short snack / butty stop and then follow the Shropshire Way and old railway track which will return us across the famous bridge. Then along the Wharfage and back for tea / coffee and cake, or more at the Café.
The walk is suitable for dogs but there could potentially be livestock in the fields at the time of the walk.
Something to sit on is advisable for our snack stop.
Please note, appropriate footwear is needed as the paths will be muddy, even if there’s a heatwave!

Meet at the usual place or contact us for details on how to go directly to the start of the walk.

We are still collecting for Women’s Aid, and all donations you can make (women’s or children’s clothes, toys, cash) will be welcome.

Join us!

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