The weather forecast for Saturday, 15th June was not great but the slight drizzle stopped just as we arrived at Llanthony Priory (founded in the 12th Century) and ten hikers and three dogs enjoyed what turned out to be a lovely morning.
Our May hike was a little more strenuous than our average, though not so unusual when led by the lovely David P, to whom many thanks for a wonderful day out.
In February, HBC Hikers started from Sutton St Nicholas school and walked a circular route of around 6.5 miles in good weather, via Hawkersland, Preston Wynne and Sutton Walls. Thanks to David P for leading.
Not daunted by a bit of drizzle and mist, a group of HBC hikers enjoyed a walk along Marcle Ridge on Saturday, 19th March, led my Mike C. Panoramic (normally) views from the Ridge were somewhat obscured on this occasion but it didn’t matter and a good time was had by humans and dogs. Watch out for notice of the next HBC hike.
HBC Hiking Group has been lucky with the weather this autumn. We had a beautiful day for Hergest Ridge in October, as previously reported.
In November we started at a Wye Valley viewpoint south of Fownhope and enjoyed wonderful views on our 6 mile route via Brockhampton and How Caple churches. Thanks to Mike C for leading us.
Saturday 20th October 2018 saw a group of HBC hikers start from the lively border town of Kington and climb gently up to Hergest Ridge, one of the oldest east-west routes across the border into Wales. Near the top of the ridge we found a group of monkey-puzzle trees, a rather odd sight in this ancient landscape.Continue reading
HBC Hiking group undertook a slightly steeper test on Saturday, 21st July. We set off from the foot of the Fan ridge, below Pen-y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons but on the west side of the A470 from Brecon to Merthyr Tydfil.
The HBC Hiking Group, having given prior permission for the Royal Wedding and the Cup Final to take place on the same day, set off from Kilpeck in warm sunshine on the morning of 19th May, 2018. We started from the lovely little Norman church in Kilpeck and inspected a fine oak tree on the village green, planted shortly after the Battle of Trafalgar to celebrate Nelson’s victory.
HBC hikers met on Saturday 21st April and walked and chatted in lovely sunshine around the south-eastern edge of the Malvern hills from Hollybush to the A449 just below British Camp. There, we lingered at the cafe for ice cream before a short steep climb up to the Herefordshire Beacon (for our group photo) and thence to lunch and back to Hollybush.
Please note that the next walk will start from Kilpeck on Saturday 19th May, coinciding with a certain wedding. But you can record the wedding …
Brisk in the windchill sense that is, for a well-insulated HBC Hiking group maintained a fairly relaxed pace on a chilly but dry Saturday, 17th March.
We followed a figure of eight course of about 5.5 miles, starting and finishing at Breinton Church. The undulating farmland was varied and interesting and did not test us with any steep climbs.
We finished down by the Wye with a fine view of Belmont Abbey and then an inspection of Breinton Springs. Beano the dog wouldn’t stop for the photo because he was busy running about 5 miles for each one of ours.
A most enjoyable walk and we look forward to our next outing scheduled for Saturday, 21st April.