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Come to Norfolk in 2019

26th-28th April 2019

We are awaiting a full report of this recent event.


February Ramblings 2019

23th-24th February 2019

On the last weekend of February, over twenty members of the Society attended the Neglected Mountain walking weekend that was based in Bishop’s Castle in Shropshire. On Saturday, we walked along the Stiperstones ridge, including stopping at the Devil’s Chair to enable some members to climb it and take photographs. We proceeded along the ridge and then descended down Crowsnest Dingle (“Greystone Dingle” in the Lone Pine books) to Stiperstones village, including stopping at the Post Office/shop which was the inspiration for Harman’s Stores. The last part of the walk was through part of the “Land of Dereliction”, the area known for its old lead mine workings and spoil heaps (although most of these are now grassed over), with opportunities to look back up to the main features of the ridge above us. We were lucky to enjoy fine weather, with blue skies and a lot of sunshine - there was no evidence of the devil sitting on his chair!

The Sunday morning walk, with more sunshine and blue skies, was shorter and involved climbing Perkin’s Beach dingle up to Shepherd’s Rock on the Stiperstones ridge, a walk past the ruins of the old villages on the eastern slopes of the Stiperstones and then a steep descent back to Stiperstones village via Mytton Dingle, the latter thought to be an inspiration for “Black Dingle” in the books.

A full report will appear in the next edition of Acksherley!


In the footsteps of the Buckinghams

14th-16th September 2018

Around 25 of us gathered in Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday, 14th September and enjoyed a pleasant meal together. This was a precursor to a cultural weekend based on the Buckinghams' experiences on their journey south, as told in 'The Long Passage'.

After a morning when the delights of Stratford (including a Food Festival) were explored, we met in the afternoon at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to watch an innovative, contemporary version of Romeo & Juliet. The violence of knife crime and gender fluidity (with a number of male roles played by females) brought the timeless story into the 21st century. The drama of gang warfare & the melodrama of the 'star-crossed lovers' were counter-balanced by the humour of the Nurse in a gripping production.

Another tasty meal on Saturday night was followed by Sunday morning options of a trip along the River Avon or a visit to Shakespeare's birthplace, before we met to eat together once again - Sunday lunch this time.