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The Lawley Walk

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On a sunny day in July, we drove 50 miles to the Church Stretton area for a walk (and climb) up The Lawley, led by Jo and Peter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lawley is one of a stunning complex of hills and ridges known as the Shropshire Hills, and whilst one of the smaller of these hills, still forms an impressive two mile long ridge rising to 377m above the surrounding countryside.

 

We started from the car park of The Pound, an excellent country pub based  on the A49 in the village of Leebotwood.  Very soon afterwards, we met these three ‘kids’ who seemingly had their own property.

 

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We then passed by Penkridge Hall, a beautiful old half-timbered house of 1590 built on the site of a 13th century Preceptory (the headquarters of the local Knights Templars land holdings).

 

 

 

 

 

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 Shortly after, we stopped for coffee with a tremendous view of The Lawley ahead.

 

 

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Taking advantage of the fine weather, we strolled along the lane which circumvents The Lawley before turning sharp right for a steep climb up to see the raven at the top.

 

 

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It was tough but worth it for the fabulous views of the surrounding countryside, including Caer Caradoc, a neighbouring hill of 271m height.

 

 

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We could also see Penkridge Hall about a thousand feet below us. 

 

After descending about halfway down, we stopped for lunch with a view, before reaching the path at the bottom, with views of the surrounding countrysidewhich took us back for an easy walk back to the pub. Some of us stopped there for refreshment (and would recommend the Ludlow Gold).

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 August 2017 15:29
 

Harbury Walk

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On Sunday 11 June, we drove down to the pleasant village of Harbury near Leamington Spa for a ten mile walk led by Stuart and Margaret.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After a couple of miles we came upon Ufton Fields Nature Reserve, where we re-grouped.

 

 

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The reserve was formed after limestone excavations ceased and noted for its abundance of butterflies, dragonflies, wild flowers and birds. It was lovely to walk through.

 

 

 

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Although we were nowhere near Tottenham, we then went up White Hart Lane......

 

 

 

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 ........and passed the 13th century church in the village of Ufton itself. It turned out that the local pub is called the White Hart, which may explain things.

 

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Interestingly, the village still has its stocks, but none of us volunteered to be photographed in them!

We then did some road walking up to Bascote Heath, passing the first world war memorial by Long Itchington Wood on the way......


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..........before reaching the four-flighted Bascote Locks on the Grand Union Canal, where we had our coffee break.Taking a canal boat through seemed a complicated affair.  

 

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Making our way then towards Southam, we crossed a bridge over a disused mill pond.........

 

 

 

 

 


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........before walking through several fields. 

 

 

 

 

Upon reaching the Holy Well near Southam, we stopped for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

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Reputedly the most ancient holy well in the country. It is certainly a remarkable survival, having been first mentioned in the year 998 and featuring mediaeval and 18th century restoration.  Its two main properties were that it was very cold but never froze, and that it was very good for treating sore eyes. The public footpath to the well was made permanent by a 1760 Act of Parliament.10

 

 

 

 

 

After lunch, our journey took us through some very pleasant woodland by the Royal Leamington Spa Polo Club, which, curiously, is in Southam.

 

 

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Nobody was having a chukka at the time, so we carried on back to Harbury. Although there were plenty of clouds about, it never rained, and although it was windy at times, it was a very interesting walk.

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