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Walks and visits 2011-12
Sunday 15 August 2011: Devereux Wootton; leader Carl Davies
Sunday 11 September 2011: Ewyas Harold; leader Sue Hubbard
Sunday 9 October 2011: Clodock Mill; leaders Ken Palmer and Alan Picton; for more information visit the Clodock Mill website
Sunday 14 November 2011: Eaton Hill; leader Robert Wilding
Sunday 9 January 2012: Madley and Eaton Bishop churches. Nine members and two dogs took a car outing to the medieval churches at Eaton Bishop and Madley, guided by our chairman Brian Smith. As adjoining parishes on the south bank of the river Wye, both have unusually large churches reflecting the wealth and culture of the communities they serve. Walking clockwise round the exteriors we took note of the styles of windows as indicators of period from 11th to 14th centuries, and contrasts between fine dressed stone work and coarser finishes. At Eaton Bishop we admired the magnificent 14th century stained glass; and at Madley the medieval wall paintings, the huge font, and the general air of spaciousness. Click here for pictures on our Flickr site.
Sunday 12 February 2012: Kilpeck church & castle; leader Carl Davies; click here for brief report and pictures.
Sunday 11 March 2012: Bredwardine; leader Alan Picton. On a fine sunny March day, eight members and three dogs did a circular walk from Bredwardine church, along the south bank of the Wye, returning past Moccas along the hillside with stunning views across the valley and beyond.  Click for pictures on our Flickr site.
Sunday 15 April 2012: Eaton Bishop & Ruckhall Common  with Gillian Broadhead. 

Sunday 13 May 2012: Mouse castle, near Hay; leader Carl Davies.
Sunday 10 June 2012: Aconbury and Little Birch; leader Steve Edwards; click here for brief report and pictures
Sunday 8 July 2012: Michaelchurch Escley including Christopher Cadbury nature reserve; leader Gill Broadhead: click for pictures.
Sunday 19 August 2012: Llanvihangel Court; leader Alan Picton: A 15th century Manor House in Llanfihangel Crucornau, Monmouthshire. Set in landscaped gardens, the house contains 17th century panelling and plastered ceilings with an impressive yew staircase, stables, and a large barn.   It was a reputed hideaway for King Charles I. Click here for pictures on our Flickr site.

Reports of the walks are published in the Annual Newsletter