Our most popular weekend destination has us travelling up north to the Lake District National Park.
The Lake District boasts some of England’s most beautiful scenery. The Lake District is known for England’s highest mountains; lakes; small picturesque villages and pubs with some of the tastiest real ales!
Our first weekend social and trip combined has us travelling to Go Ape! In the morning for some clambering on trees, once we’ve had our fill we shall be heading into the Wyre Forest near Kidderminster.
The Wyre Forest features lovely woodland scenery, quaint little streams to follow that become a bit more hairy when crossing them. The majority of the Wyre Forest is flat besides a few parts but they still don’t have the ascent as the Malvern Hills so it’s a gentle day walk.
One of our most common day walks.
The Malvern Hills just south-west of Birmingham feature 3 ample peaks that give a great view of Worcestershire, and on clear days towards the Wrekin near Telford and the Black Mountains in Wales.
This day walk is slightly more strenuous than the Lickey Hills as the ascent is steeper but the whole placed is well-pathed and offers a flat-ish walk on the summit for the most part.
It can be fun in high winds due to the exposure on top leading to a lot of gusty buffeting.
Join us on our first walk of this semester where we shall be travelling to the local Lickey Hills which is a short & cheap train journey away (£2.40 or £1.60 with a rail card).
This gentle walk aims to welcome newcomers to our Wayfarer society and features a nice woodland amble up to a mini stone-castle monument that gives a fantastic vista of Birmingham including the University itself.
Eleven of us set off for South Dorset at about six, driving down via Weston-Super-Mare, where we stopped off for some award winning fish and chips.
We stayed near to Dorchester, and next to a field with some very cute goats! On Saturday, we walked along the Dorset coast path, stopping to admire Durdledoor, a natural limestone arch.
Cutting back to Lulworth Cove after lunch, we enjoyed ice cream and the sunshine on the pebbly beach.
A group of nine travelled down to the Gower peninsula in South Wales on the Friday (stopping in Ross-on-Wye for fish and chips) and then staying at a campsite with great facilities.
On the Saturday, we went for a walk down to the beach, spending time at the beautiful Rhossili Bay, playing some Frisbee. We trundled on the South Wales coast path to a fantastic headland called Worm’s Head, where we encountered a vast number of rock pools and spotted a few seals. We headed back with a BBQ for tea.