Fifteen members walked around Chalford and the Stroud Valleys on Bank Holiday Monday 17th April. The weather was a little cloudy but still pleasant. Starting from the lay-by east of Chalford church, and crossing the road we joined the canal path by the Thames and Severn canal. We followed this for several miles, stopping by the second lock to have a coffee break. We left the canal briefly at Brimscombe port, rejoining it after the Ship Inn.
We then left the canal path to climb Thrupp Lane. This was a long and steep hill, and we continued until we could see Nether Lypiatt Manor, formally the country residence of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Crossing fields and passing through some woodland we descended past Mackhouse Cottage into more woodland with a sea of bluebells and wild garlic. Crossing a road we began climbing up Bussage Hill, past the church, and turned left along a path.
We turned right up past houses in Bussage until we reached a bus stop, where we turned left to enter Frith Wood. Descending past a cemetery to the road after 150yds we turned left down a steep descent into Chalford, and back to our cars.
Peaceful path by Thames and Severn Canal
Coffee break by the lock
Sitting Ducks !
Nether Lypiatt Manor in the distance
Cup of Tea anyone?
Descending through Macross Wood