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.