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Go and Explore

The past few months have seen us all keeping to a much smaller area than we might normally rove over. Most of us have spent less time commuting and less time travelling to nearby and far-off places – but more time wandering locally and exploring our immediate surroundings. This week’s theme page celebrates this – highlighting local pathways and walking trails, as well as suggesting a few creative routes by which to navigate them.

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Local Walks

There are loads of brilliant walks to do around and indeed between Bromsgrove and Redditch.

Redditch Walks have lots of great resources and routes on their website here.

Our colleagues in the Council’s Parks team have freely-available online maps for some great walks round Sanders Park in Bromsgrove, reflecting the area’s rich history.

If you’re out and about in Bromsgrove, why not explore the Housman Trail, retracing the footsteps of one of the area’s most famous residents – and one of the great English-language poets of his time. Find out more at the link here.

As part of our recent heritage focus we highlighted some great resources from the Bromsgrove Society – including the fascinating cemetery walk you can follow here.

Worcestershire County Council have a great directory of circular walks on their website.

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Walking for Health Worcestershire

Though they haven’t been able to run their usual programme of walks during lockdown, our partners at Walking for Health Worcestershire have been keeping active digitally, with walk leaders regularly sharing photos taken on their own excursions in the local area. You can find out more about Walking for Health at this link, or contact Lynn Yendell on 01905 844945 or at ‘Lyendell@worcestershire.gov.uk’. Why not send in some of your own walking pictures?

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Overhear

There are lots of ways of creatively exploring our surroundings. One of the most exciting we’ve recently come across is Overhear, an app-based hyperlocal poetry map, which allows users to unlock unique geo-tagged content when they visit specific places – from Birmingham to Riga. While they normally work with festivals and independent businesses to commission work, during lockdown Overhear have opened a public map giving anyone with a smartphone the ability to upload their very own hyper-local poems. You can find out more about this great initiative at the Overhear website.

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Past week's themes can be found on the tabs below