The next Audlem Ramblers (ARS) walk is the Copmere Ring in Staffordshire on Saturday 27th November, meet Audlem Car Park 8.30 am, and will be led by Beryl Wilson.
The walk starts from The Star Inn at Copmere, ( Copmere Lane ST21 6EW) which is about a mile short of Eccleshall, and we do have permission to park in the car park but obviously they would appreciate our patronage at the end of the walk...
This walk is 6.5 miles long, through varied countryside of pastures, arable land, woods and quiet lanes. There are two or three gentle climbs, a number of kissing gates and also stiles which are mainly dog friendly, but dogs may need help over two or three.
As the walk progresses, we will have the option of detouring through a nature reserve with a board walk, or continuing along the lane, running parallel to the river Sow, toward Offley and one of only three water powered flour mills remaining in England.
The lanes are relatively quiet.
I did see sheep in two fields on Tuesday and there was evidence of cattle in the meadow where we start the walk, which is accessed by a ladder stile.
Stiles were often slippery under foot, and very muddy on approach.
This is a two boot walk, or maybe three if the weather is unkind, making conditions underfoot heavy going in parts.
NB All walkers must have suitable footwear and be prepared for adverse weather, carry food and water to last for the entire walk and be suitably fit for the various lengths of walk.
Each walk is led by a nominated leader who will carry some first-aid equipment. The leader has the right to refuse to include in a group anyone who is felt not be adequately equipped.
Non-members of Audlem Rambling Society (ARS) are welcome to come on a walk but are expected to join ARS and pay the membership fee after a trial walk or two.