Want to make new friends, get some exercise and fresh air with stimulating company? Then come and join the Walking Group where there is a warm welcome awaiting you.
We walk on the first Wednesday of each month starting at 10:00.
We walk from 4 to 5 miles at various locations of usually no more than an hour's drive from Solihull. At the completion of the walk we always end up for a Pub lunch!
The group varies from 8 to 15, or more in good weather. You need to be fairly fit to do some of the walks as there are hills and stiles to negotiate. Walks are taken at a leisurely pace and there is no competition for who is the fastest.
All walks are led by a leader who is conversant with the location. Good footwear is essential as are waterproofs and warm clothing for winter. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.
Why not give it a go and see how you get on? So join us for one or two of our walks which are advertised on our Website, Newsletter and Core Meeting Noticeboard. Any further information can be obtained from the Coordinator - Ursula Ison -See Membership Card for details
With Coronavirus restrictions our monthly walks followed by a meal have become "Socially Distancing Walks"undertaken individually at a venue of our choice
Reports of previous walks
Hillfield Park Walk - 8th July 2020
The scheduled date for the July walk was moved from 1st July to the 8th July to allow an actual rather than a Virtual Walk, as experienced in the three previous months, following the easing of Lockdown the previous weekend.
This allowed at least two groups of six to walk at 10.00am from different starting points and on different routes in the Hillfield area of Solihull.
Six regulars from the group and Sherlock met in the Children's Play Area carpark in Hillfield Park to be taken on a "Talky Walky" with Arnie G (sometimes) in the lead His route took us in a figure of
eight route around the extreme edges of the park in a three mile or so walk in what became persistent rain by the time we had finished after ninety minutes. However the chance to meet with and talk to others far outweighed any discomfort from wet trouser legs. However the conditions at the end prevented the possibilty of eating a socially distanced meal and a drink at the Fieldhouse since it would have meant waiting in wet clothing for opening time.
However this first venture back out as a Walking Group gives hope for a return to normal walks perhaps even as early as August or September!
Thanks go to A.G. for arranging this walk
A second group of six were led by Ursula I in a similar area following a route as seen on the accompanying map. This walk took the group over the M42 motorway through fields and along woodland paths.
Only a short report as only a short walk. We all gathered hopefully and set off ready to face the elements but in
the end the elements proved too wet and we cut the walk short arriving back at the start a rather dripping bunch, but glad to have been outside for a while and to have met some different folk. We did manage to cover 3.8 miles. I was pleased that I had taken them through a few spots that were new to them so will plan the walk again when hopefully on a good day we can do it all. Only one picture entitled - there is a path in there I promise!
Social Distancing Walks - 3rd June
A number of our regulars went on walks at the start of June. Here are their reflections!
Chris B met with Sue M yesterday to social distance a walk in Hillfield Park.
On Thursday Sue M had the chance to meet relatives during a second walk away from Solihull.
Hillfield Park was again the venue for our June Social Distance walk but with the possiblity of rain this time. We were lucky and when we set out at 10.00am with GPS Memory Map in hand we we able to log our route through the parks and around the neighbouring Hillfield estate without needing wet weather gear.
What was annoying to see was the amount of rubbish left behind by inconsiderate "covidiots". If they can bring food and BBQs to the park surely they can take it away with them afterwards.
After my last virtual walk in May to Ravenshaw I had a yen to visit Henwood Mill which is only half a mile from Ravenshaw, so I set off yesterday in a bit of drizzle to locate it. As you approach Ravenshaw just after a farm you have to take a left fork over meadows bringing you to Henwood Lane, Catherine de Barnes. Turn right onto the road over the Grand Union canal and down hill to The Mill which is adjacent to the river Blythe. With the water currently low, cars can pass through the ford with no problem but water levels can rise 6 feet in the flooding season. There is also an impressive foot bridge here.
The Mill, once owned by the Berry Hall estate, is 400 years old and now occupied as a private house in a vey good state of -----restoration. It seems it is up for sale for a pricely sum circa £1M if you are interested. What I did not realise is that it was built on the site of a former water mill owned by the nuns of Henwood Priory in the 13th century. Over the years it has served as mill and bakery until the late 1800s.
"I took advantage of the last day of sunshine for a while and did my planned Wednesday walk on Tuesday, this time with a live companion instead of my music, my husband Paul. I introduced him to one of my Nordic Walking favourites out of Meriden though I couldn’t remember the exact route
we used to take so I made up my own.
We have invested in the Ordinance Survey App on the phone and are really enjoying looking for new routes, or just finding out where we are when we decide to wander off route. We had lovely views of Birmingham as we walked up out of Meriden and then we walked a circular route through farm lands and along country roads back to Meriden. Just a few pictures of the views and a gorgeous rose bush that made me smile"
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