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.

Gower Peninsula

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back

Matchmaking

A great walk around some of the Gower coastline, taking in Three Cliffs and Oxwich bays. At Oxwich Di braved the water and went swimming.

A night out in Swansea is always entertaining. I remember a long wait for food and an interesting game of shove, shag, marry. Di, Fossie, Jackie and Rachel braved the Swansea club scene.

This was the tour on which Fossie and Di 1st met.


Snowdonia - Elens Castle, Dolwyddelan

The contented person enjoys the scenery of a detour

The Cook and the Landlord

This was our 3rd visit to Elen’s castle. Previously we had always been greeted by the husband and wife team who ran the place. While the husband was still there was no sign off the wife. As the weekend progressed it soon became apparent that the attractive young chef and the husband were more than just good friends.

The walk took in Moel Siabod (2861 ft) in driving and persistent rain.


Devon, Wood Bay Cottage

The place where you lose the trail is not necessarily the place where it ends

Cookies farewell tour

We stayed in a fantastic fisherman’s cottage right at the bottom of a valley and just off the beach. The setting was amazing, just right to say a temporary farewell to Cookie before his year off travelling the world.

We walked about 10 miles along the coast (after 4 attempts by Tav to navigate out of the carpark) with wonderful weather and great views. The future Mrs Cook made her debut on this tour.

Brecon Beacons, Penpont

To find new things, take the path you took yesterday

Tav’s 30th and Matthew’s 1st

One of the longer tours as we spent a week in Penpont over the new year. We celebrated New Year with a black tie do and fireworks. Two days later we celebrated Matthews 1st birthday.

The main walk was another attempt to conquer Pen-Y-Fan (2907ft). The Weather was again foul, with low cloud and driving rain. Most of the group turned back, but Fossie, Cookie and myself struggled onto the top. The only mountain that had beaten a tour walk had been bagged, Cookie celebrated by stripping off at the top. Fossie and I settled for a slug or two of whisky.

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