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    Walkpast 2013 – book your places now

    • 26th April 2013

    We are once again running our popular guided archaeology walks. Six different walks, starting Sunday 12th May, will take you to different locations explaining about the archaeology of the local area.

    Walks cost £6 each. To book a place please send a cheque for £6 (payable to Worcestershire County Council) to Hive Admin, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PB. For more information please e-mail or ring 01905 766352. The meeting point will be sent out after you have booked.

    Bredon Hill & Kemerton Camp

    Sunday 12th May 2-5pm

    We will travel back in time as we climb up the hill.  Passing through a deserted medieval settlement and chapel site, and discovering Anglo Saxon and Roman occupation along the way.  Then on to the summit to explore the spectacular Iron Age hillfort, and the site of an unusual Beaker burial.

    5km. *** (very steep climb up hill and three stiles)

    Beoley and Church Hill, Redditch

    Saturday 8th June 2-5pm

    Unlike the usual Walkpast, this walk is predominantly within the village of Holt End and Church Hill housing estate.  It is surprising what survives within a normal residential area.  The reasons why the earthworks survive are even more surprising. 

    5km. ** (No stiles but two steep slopes).

    Malvern Hills and the Geopark

    Saturday 6th July

    From the Geopark Centre the route will take us north along the famous Shire Ditch into parkland. Walking along ancient holloways through a wooded landscape dotted with quarries, we will see a variety of archaeological features and visit some very well preserved limekilns.

    5km. *** (hills and woodland)

    Worcester – Beyond the City Walls

    Saturday 3rd August 2-5pm

    In a 1497 a Perambulation document describes a ‘circular’ walk along Worcester’s city boundary – taking in archaeology and archival evidence of the medieval town and its defences. So from the Guildhall we will walk to the river, over to St Johns via the Chapter Meadow and return via canal towpath at Lowesmoor.

    5km. ** easy walking

    Bromsgrove Historic Town

    Sunday 15th September 2-5pm

    This is a town walk exploring historic Bromsgrove, from its early origins, through the development of a market town in the 13th century and industries including nailmaking in the 18th century. 

    5km. ** Flat, mostly small lanes, a few public footpaths


    Saturday 5th October  2-5pm

    Starting from the Church, the walk will explore the history of the settlement from Prehistoric fortifications to WW2 defences, via Roman routeways, Saxon burials, medieval settlement patterns and the turbulent events of the Civil War.

    5.3km. ** Flat, mostly small lanes, a few public footpaths

    You will be sent the location of the meeting place, maps and other details by email once you have booked your place.

    There will be farm animals and horses in some fields so please do not bring dogs.

    Sorry but walks are not suitable for small children.

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