GreenSpirit Spring Walking Retreat
Wild Woods and Walking the Shropshire Way
Tuesday 18th April – Friday 21st April 2017
Bridges Youth Hostel, Ratlinghope, Shropshire, SY5 0SP
The GreenSpirit Walking Retreat will be from the dinner on Tuesday April 18th to early afternoon, after a shared lunch, on Friday 21st April.
We shall stay at Bridges Youth Hostel, Ratlinghope, Shropshire, SY5 0SP where accommodation will be dormitory style (4,6,8 and 10 beds). YHA Bridges is a former village school set within the wonderfully wild landscape of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. YHA Bridges is a lovely base for walkers and cyclists and includes a cosy lounge with an open fire.
We will explore a variety of delightful woodlands, following old paths through rugged country in the Shropshire Hills. Near Wenlock Edge in the Welsh Marches we will do two full days walking on Wednesday and Thursday and a half day on Friday morning. In the evenings we will gather for creative activities, reflections and some home grown entertainment.
The Shropshire Way passes right by the hostel. The distinctive quartzite hills of Stiperstones and the Snailbeach mines are just to the west. The Bog visitor centre is housed in one of the last remaining buildings of a lost lead mining village. East of the hostel is the heathland plateau of Long Mynd with its picturesque valleys.
Around and about there is a green jumble of wooded valleys, flower-rich meadows, ancient woodland and centuries-old hedgerows.
Some of our walking will be in silence making it easier to be aware of our bodies and the sensations, smells, sights and sounds of nature.
On the way there or back you might like to visit local market towns - Bishops Castle, Church Stretton and Ludlow; they all have their share of book, bicycle and coffee shops.
The cost for the 3 nights in shared accommodation and all food is £150. Please send a cheque payable to 'GreenSpirit' to Hilary Norton, 33 Park Road, Stratford, London. E15 3QP with your name, postal address, email address, phone number and any dietary requirements.
Or book online here: https://greespirit.charitycheckout.co.uk/springwr2017 (please put any dietary requirements in the "I would like to leave the charity a message" box)
For more information contact Hilary Norton hapn(at)greenspirit.org.uk or tel: 020 8470 3365. Deadline: make sure you book by 20th February.
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