A WALKING group has praised Redditch Ramblers for keeping paths and bridleways accessible.
The Long Distance Walkers Association is a group of strolling enthusiasts, who challenge themselves to complete 100-mile walks in a single weekend.
This year, to mark their 50th challenge, they set a route which passed through Northfield, Rubery, Barnt Green, Alvechurch, Tanworth, Henley, Stratford, Warwick, Kenilworth, Coventry, Meriden, and Solihull.
The walk was called the Elephant, Bear and Bull 100 after the traditional symbols of Coventry, Warwickshire and Birmingham.
Walkers started at 10am at Moseley Rugby Club on Saturday and finished on 10am on the following Monday.
Leader of the walking group, Michael Jones, contacted Reddich Ramblers before the walk began.
They replaced two broken stiles with kissing gates a few months before the event, to help the walk run smoothly.
Michael said: “On a walk of that distance we pass through various different areas, and it’s always clear which have a group looking after them and which don’t.
“Walkers always appreciate not having to negotiate broken stiles and rickety bridges.”
Redditch Ramblers offer a full walk programme throughout the Worcestershire Countryside.
Visit redditchramblers.org.uk for more on the group.