*The Drop!


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After a steady climb up the village road through Westmancote, the tarmac suddenly ends and the fun begins – fun, that is, if you like steep, rocky tracks. After a coffee stop to let the motors and walkers cool down there was one final rocky climb before the going became easier. After passing the King and Queen Stones, we were soon meandering through Warren Wood with shafts of sunshine playing through the canopy.  At the end of the wood is The Drop. Instead of carrying on to Bredon Tower, where we had lunch in the gale yesterday, we turned sharp left downhill very steeply. Not for the less experienced!   A section of rocky path follows which soon opens out to give glorious views across the Severn Valley to the Malvern Hills (and Wales if it hadn’t been obscured by the mist). Down and down to Bredon’s Norton where we were able to take a new path across fields to the first of two new bridges which Worcestershire Countryside Service have recently installed in response to requests from Andy – well done to both!  An awkward manoeuvre through a wooded boundary and gate and then it was plain sailing back to our cars.  Thanks Andy for an exciting and picturesque day in great weather. 

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