Thanks to everyone for the input Definitely some ideas there I’d like to try. Further input welcomed!
Today’s expedition went well, if anyone’s interested I took a route looping to the South through West Hagley village, along Western Road and via the bridleway past The Field House then to the roundabout under the A491, and continued on to turn right at The Fountain into Odnall Lane and on to Clent village. A public footpath starts just beyond the church and leads directly to the summit of Walton Hill. I returned to Hagley station by the same route. 12.8km total walk, 290m of ascent. I think the above makes sense read in conjunction with the 1:25000 OS map!
The radio was satisfying if unspectacular. I set up in my usual VHF position against the split timber fence running approx. E - W across the summit, bungeeing the pole with SB3 atop to the fence. Just four contacts including Rod M0JLA (many thanks for the spot!) and a nice chat with Brian G8ADD. There was a brief snow shower as I set up, but the sunshine that had spurred me on to do the trip in the first place soon returned and it was very pleasant feeling the warmth on my face as I operated
All in all very enjoyable and a worthwhile extension to the SOTA experience, I hope to be doing more! Watch this space…
73 de Paul G4MD/G6GGP