Wassail - a toast to cider

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jan 04
2020

18 people attending

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£12.50
Event booking closes on Jan 2 at 18:00:00
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6 mile walk with small hills

Join TJ for a short, bracing walk to start the new year followed by your chance to help cider drinkers everywhere into 2021 and beyond by taking part in a traditional wassail!

Starting near the village of Much Marcle, we will climb to the top of Ridge Hill. This excellent vantage point​​ gives beautiful views over rural Herefordshire and the Wye valley as well as back across to Ledbury nestled at the base of the Malvern Hills to the east. The path then takes us back down through the peaceful countryside, through cider orchards and back to our start point.

As darkness falls at around 4.30pm we'll head to the pub for some dinner (and no doubt a drink). It's then back out in the cold at 7.00pm to do our bit for cider drinkers by taking part in the local wassail. This ancient tradition is meant to bless the orchards, ward off evil spirits and ensure a good apple harvest in the new year. Expect fire, morris men and of course cider!

Getting there & parking

Parking at our start point is free.

There are limited bus links - I'd recommend instead getting the train to Ledbury or Gloucester and putting a message in the comments section below to ask for a lift. Please bear in mind the late finish time of this event if coming by public transport.

Photo credits

3 photos of fire with kind permission from Dale Martin (dmphotos.com)

View from Ridge Hill across to Ledbury
House near Much Marcle
Apple tree laden with fruit
Lighting the fires at Much Marcle Wassail
Wassail torchbearers
Lighting the fires at Much Marcle Wassail
Much Marcle Wassail in full swing
View from Ridge Hill across to Ledbury
House near Much Marcle
Apple tree laden with fruit
Lighting the fires at Much Marcle Wassail
Wassail torchbearers
Lighting the fires at Much Marcle Wassail
Much Marcle Wassail in full swing

Location

51.994467049421, -2.5115564929447