Benefice walk

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Tuesday 25 October

Purpose of walk
A time of fellowship and getting to know each other.
A chance to enjoy God’s creation – and to get some exercise!

Nature of Walk
Essentially this is a mainly off-road, varied and interesting opportunity to walk between all the churches of the benefice.
An undulating excursion just over 9 miles in total, you may want to do it all, or one or more sections. There are about 15 stiles  and a couple of steepish climbs. We shall walk quiet lanes, graded paths, tracks, and typical narrower Forest paths once regularly used to link the various settled areas large and small. We pass, along the way, fields, woods, water, agricultural and industrial activity past and present, and houses in all their variety.

In good clear weather there are wonderful views and we have the chance to see familiar places from an unfamiliar aspect.

Some sections can be muddy at any time and uneven, so stout walking shoes or boots should be worn and rainwear carried. The first two sections are undulating with the second two much less so. Unfortunately the terrain is not pushchair – friendly. Although we have drinks stops arranged , it is advisable to carry ½ to 1 litre of water especially if you are walking the whole way.

If you plan to join us please be at the chosen venue in good time and be ready to walk noting the stated departure time from each place, at which time we shall leave.
We shall need to try our very best to keep to our schedule so that we complete our excursion in good light.

Please join us for all or part of this Benefice pilgrimage.
Walking time varies from approx one hour to one and a half hours for an individual section.
It would be good if at least one person from each community
walked to the next community to carry greetings throughout the benefice.

We already have a group who intend to complete the walk – join us and swell the numbers! If you can manage one section, also do join us and refresh the company.

Arrive at St Michael’s Soudley                             by 09.45
No toilet facilities.  Prayers
Depart                                                                         10.00 latest

Arrive at St Ethelbert’s Littledean                            11.30
Toilet facilities. Drinks available.  Prayers
Depart                                                                         12.00

Arrive at St Stephen’s Cinderford                             13.30
Toilet facilities. Simple lunch & drinks available.
Depart                                                                          14.15

Arrive at Bilson Mission                     15.15
Toilet facilities. Cold drinks available.  Prayers
Depart                                                                          15.30

Arrive  at St John’s Cinderford                 16.45
No toilet facilities. Light refreshments available.