On Sunday 3rd June 15 members and two visitors from the Stratford on Avon group travelled to the port of Sharpness to begin a 6.5 mile circular walk. They followed an old track from Sharpness into the small town of Berkeley. On reaching the Market Place they walked along the High Road before taking a left turn up Church Street to reach Berkeley's three main attractions, the Jenner Museum, Berkeley Castle and the 13C church. Dr Edward Jenner (1749- 1823) who pioneered the smallpox vaccination is buried in the church.
A coffee stop was taken in the churchyard and much refreshed by the lovely cake donated from a Stratford on Avon member, who joined us for the walk, we continued along Jumpers Lane to cross the rather overgrown fields passing above Berkeley Pill.
After stopping by Hamfield Lane we sat under the shade of the trees for a lunch break. Suitably refreshed, we continued across fields to reach the banks of the River Severn, where we were glad of the slight breeze on this very hot day to return to Sharpness Port.
We start off on broad tracks as we head for Berkeley
The way soon becomes muddy and overgrown
We reach Berkeley and pass by the church and castle
We pass the Jenner Museum as we leave Berkeley
We pause briefly as we make our way to the River Severn
The end is in sight as we walk along the banks of the River Severn