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Medieval spectacular planned for this year's Knowle & Dorridge walk and bike ride

KNOWLE and Dorridge Lions will be rolling back the centuries for this year’s annual bike ride and walk.

KNOWLE and Dorridge Lions will be rolling back the centuries for this year's annual bike ride and walk.

The group has joined forces with the Swords of Chivalry, a Medieval re-enactment society, to give the day a new theme for 2013.

Last Sunday, several members of the society, founded 20 years ago by the aptly-named Paul Battleday, visited Baddesley Clinton.

Its this moated manor house, a stones throw from Chadwick End, where the knights will cross swords on July 7 this year.

The walk (of four, eight or 11 miles) will be raising money for local causes, while the bike ride is in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Amanda Prior, who met her husband Andrew through the Swords of Chivalry, said the Hertfordshire-based group were meticulous about making sure their Middle Age apparel was authentic.

"The armour we make a lot of ourselves and the weapons we get from Lancaster Armouries - who have done a lot for films and the BBC series Merlin," she said. "You can get the material for the clothes, like brocade and velvet, from these massive Medieval markets. You just have to be careful with the colours - back then, only royalty were allowed to wear purple!"

Lion Alistair Clark said that the weapons demonstrations and Medieval tents would add something to this year's event for those who werent climbing into the saddle or pulling on running boots.

To register for the walk or ride, visit



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