Image of Cleeve Hill where the walk took place

An event with a difference

A big thank you is due to our member Roger who led a walking event for us in early April. This is his review of the lovely day they all had.

On Saturday 6th April an equal group of male and female members met up in Winchcombe town car park for a walk to Cleeve Hill, which is the highest point in Gloucestershire. Fortunately the weather was bright and mostly sunny although the breeze was rather cool at times, waterproofs not needed though!

Setting off at 1045 along a quiet Cotswold lane the ascent of about 700′ was not a strenuous walk over a distance of three miles and we made good time arriving at our planned coffee stop at the Cleeve Hill Golf Clubhouse at just after midday (open to the public). After leaving here it is a short distance to the trig point where we had the best view extending to Tewkesbury Abbey and the Malvern Hills to the west before finding a place for our packed lunches away from flying golf balls! After this we did a further two miles walk to Belas Knap, which is a neolithic burial mound, before returning to Winchcombe and a break at the Encounter Church Cafe filling in the time before we went on for a meal at the local Thai Restaurant.

Thanks to everyone who came, some of whom had travelled quite a distance. I don’t think anyone had met before and we got on as a group very well. As walk leader I wouldn’t recommend a distance any longer than this but it is a good way to mix and meet more people over a longer period of time.

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