Seven London members attended Red Rope’s annual gathering and national AGM this weekend. The venue was a bit of a change, as it was not anywhere in the Peak District but just west of the Birmingham area and almost on the banks of the river Severn — one result was simply that it was closer to London than usual. “Big Mose” is a National Trust Base Camp on the Dudmaston Estate, just south of Bridgnorth, which was both cheaper and much more comfortable than last year’s meeting place near Hathersage.
Four of us drove down on Friday evening, so had all day on Saturday for walks. The group I was with walked down past Dudmaston Hall to the river Severn, then along to the ferry at Hampton Loade, which somehow crossed the river powered only by the river’s current and very vigorous waggling of the rudder.
From Hampton Loade station we caught the restored Severn Valley Railway five miles north along the river to Bridgnorth, perched above the Severn with a steep cliff railway linking the Upper and Lower Towns. After a bit of shopping we walked down the river and cross country back to Big Mose.
Saturday evening was dinner and cabaret (!), featuring the usual annual quiz plus amazing standup by Naomi. Sunday morning was the formal AGM, with much discussion of transport issues raised originally by London, although our only motion on cancellation charges was defeated.