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Friday 13th May
Saturday  14th May
Sunday 15th May

All walks must be booked in advance by Wednesday 11th May.
Please book online by clicking here
Registration for  the start of walks is at The Archibald Worthington Club except where otherwise indicated.
The times shown are departure times. You should register in the 10-15 minutes before that.
If you are not sure where a start point is click here for a map.
Morning, but not day walks, can be combined with afternoon walks.

Day walks - packed lunch and a drink required unless a pub lunch is included

Walk & Leader
distance & price
Dee Valley from Churton
John &  Judith Gallagher
10.5m 7h £4
The iron bridge at Aldford that crosses the Dee was designed by Thomas Telford and built by William Hazledine for the 1st Marquis of Westminster and was completed in 1824. It is built in cast iron and has yellow sandstone abutments forming a single arch measuring 50 metres.
   The total journey time from i.e. departing Whitchurch to Churton and the journey time return to Whitchurch including the total walking time should be approximately seven hours. The walk itself will take approximately 5 and a half hours on a route that is 10.5 miles.  This festival walk includes a stoppage along the route for walkers to enjoy their picnic. It also has planned visits to the gothic revival church of St Mary’s Eccleston.  A visit to a replica of a Cruc Barn, and a visit to the family graveyard of the Westminster’s.
   The river is serenely beautiful to walk along on this section of the Dee.
    Minibus to & from Churton Village Hall.
Aldford Bridge

Whixall & Prees by Bus, Boat, Boots & Train
Malcolm Monie
4m 5.5h £7/5 + train + lunch
Minibus to Bettisfield; Shropshire Lady canal boat to Whixall Marina; walk along the Prees Branch Canal towards the Bull and Dog at Coton [pub lunch - order & pay on day]; walk to Prees; train back .  Prees Branch Canal
2 places
Prees Heath to Whixall Marina Jean White & Dot Bishop
9m 6.5hh £4 + bus
Service bus 511 [10.07] [passes valid] to Prees Heath with its flowers and butterflies; from there we cross the A49 to walk along the Shropshire Way over fields to Steel Heath, Hollinwood and Roundthorn Bridge, then to Whixall Marina to sample their coffee and cakes. Mainly flat terrain with stiles. Minibus back at 16.00. No dogs.
Whixall Moss

Hobbies over the Moss
Lynn Shimwell
5m 5.5h £7/£5
Minibus to Dobson's Bridge; Shropshire Lady canal boat to Roundthorne Bridge; walk across the Moss with wildlife expert Stephen Barlow looking for hobbies, charismatic birds of prey that feed on dragonflies. No dogs.
1 place
Blackoe & back by Boat
Andy Fitton
4m 4h £5/£3
Walk to Blackoe Bridge eating lunch on walk;  Shropshire Lady canal boat [14.00] to the Whitchurch Arm [arr about 3pm]. Walk back into Whitchurch.

Bus, Boat & Boots
Liza Willis
4m 4h £5/£3
Minibus to Roundthorne Bridge; Shropshire Lady canal boat [12.50] to Blackoe [13.50], Eat lunch on boat. Walk back to Whitchurch.

Morning walks - can  be combined with afternoon walks - bring  a drink [& snack]

Prees Circular    Tony and Shiela Eccleston
5m 4h £2 + buses
A circular walk around Prees, seeing it from "the outside", exploring the lovely countryside and landmarks across rural Shropshire. Travel to Prees by service bus 511 at 09.07 and return at 12.35. [passes valid]

Afternoon walks - can be combined with morning walks - bring a drink

Ash & Ightfield
Dave Bragginton
5-6m 3.5h £2
A gentle walk starting in Ash Magna, skirting Brown Moss before making our way to Ightfield church and then returning to Ash Magna. Mostly fields and farm tracks with a small section on quiet lanes. The walk includes a small number of stiles.

Park and register at Ash Village Hall car park.

Brown Moss & Pig Nose Pies
Morgan Collinge
5m 3h £2

Following the Shropshire Way to navigate our way to the popular local pop up cafe “Chef in the Woods” where we will break for refreshment (pick up some famous Pig Nose pies) before continuing round the moss and heading back into Whitchurch.
   Brown Moss is famous for its diverse ecosystem, with marshes and heathland giving way to woodland. Much has been done to help nature balance itself, with the management of invasive species.
   We should be able to walk close to the pools all the way around, we will circumvent any flooded areas. There will be some walking on country lanes and some stiles over farmland.
   The cafe does accept card but it may be wise to take some cash as well just in case.

Brown Moss 2022
Pig Nose Pies

Evening Activities

Folk Session   
A lively session at The Archibald Worthington Club with local band Jigsmith and others. Bring instruments and voices, or just yourself. Bar.
No need to book - just come along.

   Shropshire Lady  Lyneal Liner

The pictures here are taken from previous festivals and do not necessarily reflect what we can offer this year!

White Lion Ash Ring and RamblePeckforton Wollerton Wetlands