On Monday 24th June our friends picked us up for a walk in Worcestershire. Stewart and Carol had completed this walk some years ago we were all looking forward to getting out into the Worcestershire countryside It was overcast, with small chance of rain forecast, perfect for walking.
We parked in the church car park and set off through the grave yard, which was being mown.
We walked through the village, passed the school and was soon overlooking fields and down country lanes.
We then walked through a field of flowering broad beans, some plants had a little blackfly, but we noticed some ladybirds too.
We crossed a stream over a bridge and walked through more fields to a lane.
I then took over the navigating and took the wrong route, one highlight of this was an image of a meadow brown butterfly. The downside was a muddy path, with stinging nettles.
We made our way to a farm where we asked for directions, we had moved off our map, the farmer was very helpful and pointed in the direction we should be going, then suggested the pub in the opposite direction. We decided to follow the road round until we found some signs that corresponded to the map we had.
We had walked further, but at least we were back on track, the mood was …….
Fortunately we turned left by a beautiful cottage being re-roofed to enter the most extraordinary apple orchards. Mile after mile of trees with Worcestershire countryside beyond. Back on track we threaded our way past the apple storage area.
Leaving the orchards behind, we were again walking though open fields before we slowly followed the track all the way up to Rodge hill joining the Worcestershire Way. Fortunately there was a brilliantly situated bench, perfect for our picnic lunch with an amazing view.
The sun actually had come out at this point, as the cloud cleared, it was warm as we followed the path down the hill, across the road , through fields to the river Teme.
We continued walking along the river, through a nature reserve, where I think we came off the path, but we climbed through a very muddy area, to continue up towards the village of Martley. I was quite tired at this point, but eventually we went past the pub, the Crown, which was closed, back to the Church.
We got back to the car, we had walked 9 miles, rather more than the circular walk details suggested, some of us had very muddy shoes, so after we drove a short way, had to walk bare foot to the pub garden for a pint of bitter shandy. Lovely walk!