September News

Sefton U3A amble over to Herefordshire

Sefton U3A Amblers' Group in Hereford

Jean had booked a Guided Tour with Robert, to take us through the Black and White Village Trail. As we left Hereford, crossing the river Wye, Rob pointed out the Cider factory, a section of the city wall still standing but much of it destroyed to create the Ring road. He told us of the land of Cider Apple Orchards spread on either side pointing out the Mistletoe growing on some of the trees : the woodlands of oak and of the Ash trees now stricken with disease : Hops for Ale and Beer : the rich red soil : local sandstone used to build Worcester Cathedral : ploughed fields already sown with winter wheat : a red Kite soaring above us and the rolling hills across to the Clee hills and Ludlow and as we descended to Weobley there were Pear Orchards for Peri. Rob recommended we TASTE it ! He walked with us through Weobley with the main street lined with black and white houses the date 1442 on one and 1540 on another. Back on the coach to crawl at 15mph behind 2 huge tractor waggons of felled trees on a narrow twisting single road before Paul could overtake. We had passed  fields of harvested potatoes and Rob asked if we'd tried Tyrell hand baked crisps pointing to the factory. We then stopped in Eardisland to walk through this Georgian village with its 17th century Dovecot in the upper storey of the village shop. The weather was perfect, the setting idyllic beside the stream and time to purchase goodies in the tiny shop and eat fruit on the lawn. Bliss ! On then to Eardisley and a Tea and Biscuit stop at "The New Strand" and 30.000 secondhand books, an outlet of Hay on Wye. What a wonderful way to end our Tour with Rob and learning so much about the area.

Kington Walking Festival - 21st September

One of the country's most well established walking festival, KWF took place over four days this year. Rob led one walk, "Border Hills and Vales". 17 walkers joined Rob and Sarah from Presteigne, a Welsh border town some 10 miles to Kington, which lies in the scenic NW of Herefordshire. Rob focussed on the geology, geography and botany of the area. Intially the wonderfully varied Nash Woods, which lies astride the England / Wales border was traversed before descending to the picturesque church at Knill. Then the Offa's Dyke National Trail was used to return to base via England's highest golf course!

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