Lulworth Cove, Dorset

Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking

Tanks in the Mist

Our 1st Coastal route. Unfortunately we encountered a sea mist as we set off that did not really lift all day. When it did briefly clear we had a view of a load of old disused tanks in the valley opposite, very spooky as they emerged from the mist. We reached an abandoned village before turning back.

This walk also saw our 1st junior member as Matthew Ellis took his bow (he has since notched up another 5 tours making him quite a veteran).

NB: Can’t remember the name of the hotel we stayed in but I think it’s the only place we have stayed that is no longer there. Drove past in Oct 2007 and it was being knocked down.

Yorkshire Dales - Cray

I like long walks, especially when they are taken
by people who annoy me.

Toe Sucking

Strangely this was the only time the full tour visited Cray! Although Cookie and I had stag do’s there, and I’ve been back with Penny & Mike and Cookie &Mills, while Dave E celebrated his 40th here with Lucy, the full tour never returned.

But we left a lasting memory, Kevin & Debbie believe that this is in their top 5 nights of all time! The walk was a fun scramble up Buckden Pike (2300ft) and then a walk along the Cray waterfalls. Cookie graced the occasion by throwing himself into the gill opposite the pub in the 1st 30 seconds of the walk.

An early finish led to a heavy night. Dave E taught a very tipsy Kate what incremental sales meant for her coming TV performance, and then Libby took foot massage to new levels by toe sucking Saz, then me, and anyone else that was up for it. Then Kevin produced his udder cream………

Snowdonia - Elens Castle, Dolwyddelan

t's when you are safe at home that you're having an adventure.

When you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home

The man from C&A

A return to Elens castle and the husband and wife team from before. Food was still great, cooked by a lovely Welsh girl (more of her later).

Strangely for a tour walk we opted for a repeat of an earlier route and completed half of the Snowdon horseshoe, taking in Snowdon via the Pyg Track and Y Lliwedd again. Again the weather was kind, and Iain distinguished himself by looking as though he had stepped off the pages of a C&A catalogue all the way round. This was the tour that coined the phrase ‘wrinklies’ for our over 40 contingent.

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