On Sunday 10th June 17 members travelled to the Forest of Dean where they were met by 2 members from the Forest Group who led a 9 mile walk from Soudley Ponds car park. There was also a 5.5 mile option led by a member of our group.
We all set off together on a beautiful sunny morning and were glad of the shade of the beautiful trees as we walked down through a wooded valley passing Soudley Ponds to reach Upper Soudley. Continuing down the valley we followed Soudley Brook passing through Lower Soudley to a junction at two bridges.
After a coffee break those on the longer walk continued through fields to Haie Grove and onto Bullo Pill. They then followed the River Severn to reach Newnham on Severn where they stopped for lunch.
After lunch they climbed up to Blaize Bailey before descending through woods back to the cars.
Those on the short walk climbed fields up to Blaize Bailey Viewpoint where they stopped for lunch. It was then a short downhill stroll back to the car park.
Many members then opted to drive the short distance to the Dean Heritage Centre to partake of the lovely cakes and drinks on offer in the Dean Forest Heritage Cafe.
Despite the notices the natives were friendly!
A brief pause near Two Bridges
Beeching Cottages are a reminder of when the tains stopped at Newnham
Fun in the sun!
Some interesting things seen on the walk
Looking across at Newnham on Severn
It was worth the climb!
Those on the short walk make their way back to the ponds