May
12

Stourbridge to Kinver return - day walk (39174)

Event Overview

Join Chris (chrisblakeref) on a walk from Stourbridge to Kinver along the canal, returning across the fields for a well earned pint. Upon meeting at Stourbridge Junction at 1030 for a 1045 start we will walk through the town to join the Stourbridge Canal, which will lead us to the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal to the centre of the historic town of Kinver. Here there will be plenty of opportunities for lunch from a selection of cafes in the town.

After leaving Kinver we will head back towards Stourbridge across the fields. We will finish the walk at the Plough & Harrow which is a short walk from Stourbridge Junction...

Join Chris (chrisblakeref) on a walk from Stourbridge to Kinver along the canal, returning across the fields for a well earned pint. Upon meeting at Stourbridge Junction at 1030 for a 1045 start we will walk through the town to join the Stourbridge Canal, which will lead us to the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal to the centre of the historic town of Kinver. Here there will be plenty of opportunities for lunch from a selection of cafes in the town.

After leaving Kinver we will head back towards Stourbridge across the fields. We will finish the walk at the Plough & Harrow which is a short walk from Stourbridge Junction.

 

 

Itinerary

1030: meet for a 1045 start.

1230/1300: lunch

16:30 (approximately): Plough & Harrow, Stourbridge. This is a short walk from the station. 

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What to bring

Boots:  Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere.  Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support.  Boots should also be in good condition.

Socks: Walking socks are often overshadowed by those new to hiking, with many novices failing to invest in proper socks.  Good walking socks are essential in regards to keeping the feet dry, and in turn stopping the development of blisters.  Sports socks and other socks not designed for walking will often become waterlogged, or damaged which will in turn blister feet.

Walking Trousers:  Walking trousers should be of a windproof design and made of a rip stop material, that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth.  They should also ideally be water resistant, or at least not gain weight, and lose their insulation properties when wet.  Jeans are therefore to be avoided, as they are heavy when wet and provide no protection from the elements.

Waterproof Trousers:  Waterproof trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry, as water resistant trousers will not keep out any significant rainfall.  Walker’s should look for waterproof trousers that are breathable, in order to avoid being soaked with sweat.

Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body.  This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton T-Shirt is sufficient.

Mid Layer: A Mid Layer goes on top of the base layer and should consist of a 100 weight micro fleece, or a rugby typed thick shirt.  The layering system is important as it allows walkers to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature.

Outer Layer: The outer layer should consist of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.  This is the final layer and walkers should ensure that this layer provides ample warmth.

Waterproof Jacket:  A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking.  Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat.  Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices.

Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment.  Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres with equipment being placed in water proof bags inside.

Food & Water:  At least two litres of water should be brought for each day hiking, with more being taken if cooking is required.  Enough food for the duration of a walk should also be taken.  Food should be of the high energy variety, with hot food being able to be eaten raw if necessary.

Mobile Phone: A mobile phone should also be brought and kept in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.

Food & Drink

Please feel free to bring a packed lunch. Alternatively you can buy something from the cafes or shops in the village. There is plenty to choose from!

Meeting & Times

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Event Reference No:
39174