Lyme Regis, Dorset

A fact bobbed up from my memory, that the ancient Egyptians prescribed walking through a garden as a cure for the mad. It was a mind-altering drug we took daily

The gorse bush

For me this tour marked a bit of a turning point. As more children joined the group it was clear that the big walks we had done previously were no longer possible in such large numbers. After this the tours tend to divide into two types, the lads mountain weekends and the family rambles.

The walk took in a section of the Dorset coastline heading away from Lyme Regis towards Durdle Door. The main feature was a detour by Dave H, who returned 40 mins later covered in scratches. He’d fallen into a gorse bush (as you do) and had to cut himself out with his penknife.

Snowdonia - Elens Castle, Dolwyddelan

f you pick 'em up, O Lord, I'll put 'em down - author Unknown, "Prayer of the Tired Walker"

‘Lara’ makes an entrance and Christian is silenced

Another glorious weekend for walking with blue sky and warm sunshine. Elen’s castle proved a great base, with good food and a warm welcome from the husband and wife team who had recently taken it over (more of them later).

We did half of the Snowdon horseshoe, taking in Snowdon (3560ft) via the Pyg Track and Y Lliwedd (2946ft) via a great scramble. Rachel graced the occasion and weather by donning her Lara Croft outfit. The only time I’ve seen Christian speechless was in his exchange with a pretty fell runner we passed on our way up.

Christian to pretty fell runner ‘nice up top?’

Fell runner to Christian ‘thanks very much’ (she was a busty lass)

Christian ‘…………..’

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