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December 17 Cwmdu Christmas Walk December 17, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — lletty @ 2:47 pm

Thank goodness for a reason to get out and about and  go for a walk instead of  shopping, eating out and planning for Christmas!

Our walk this week was planned by Philip to take us another  circular route around the lovely village of Cwmdu and then back to the pub for a little light lunch…all sounded good to me! He did warn us that there might be a few muddy patches ahead but we were all well prepared!

The stream that runs through Cwmdu DSC07081.jpg

Guarding the stream from the bridge!


As Philip had warned there might be muddy patches ahead the walk started pretty muddy  straight away  as we sploshed our way  up  the first lane!  The views over the  cloud covered hills  and  the sheep filled fields soon took our  minds off our feet.


However, not long after, our feet became our focal point again as we slid  and slopped across a farmyard with some interesting items on view.


Continuing up  the  rather long hill the hedges either side were showing signs of bright green  new growth  amongst the lichen  and moss of winter.

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Of course, having reached the top of the hill the only way next was downwards! Luckily, although rather wet, boggy  and sticky no-one slipped  and the thoughts of that Christmas lunch made the walkers strike out and quicken their pace! Which is rather tricky when everything was slippery and skiddy!


No one wanted a quick  swim so we all held on tightly over the wooden bridge!


Great fun was had by the little Jack Russell, who accompanied our walk, he knew there was a mole there….somewhere! DSC07096.jpgSome of the trees we passed showed signs of  trouble but were magnificent  all the same.


Having reached the bottom of the hill we only had to walk up a slight incline to find ourselves back on the   tarmac road….but…before that we had some  more mud to cross! Everyone was in cheerful  and happy mode through the walk and enjoyed being together  and sharing another interesting  walk through the beautiful countryside.

DSC07107.jpgAfter  entering  Cwmdu   some of us washed our boots in the river and then admired the old toilets.


We all then passed  in front of the Post Office and shop  before we enter the pub for the lunch which turned out to be a wonderful banquet!


The Christmas lunch was  provided by Philip and another  special walker, who had made many of the delicious offerings- all just so tasty! All homemade cawl and veggie cawl, apple  cinnamon pie and cream, bread rolls, bundt cake ( sadly no photo because I ate it,  as it was so  yummy before I took a photo)  and all washed down with spicy cider!  DSC07128.jpg

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What a Christmas treat! Philip was also presented  with a jerkin and gilet as he has passed his walkers certificate etc.


Who needs a Santa when we have Philip!

Joining Walking Well has been one of the best things I have done this year and I am already looking forward to the next walk with Philip and the gang on December 30th. Hope lots more join us   next year it’s great fun!

Instead of singing Christmas carols Philip I think your theme tune should be :

Mud, mud, glorious mud
Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood
So follow me follow, down to the hollow
And there let me wallow in glorious mud!

Cheers  and Happy Christmas to everyone who reads this  blog! 


10 Responses to “December 17 Cwmdu Christmas Walk”

  1. tootlepedal Says:

    Definitely a day for gumboots.

  2. Well, you can always have great weather and conditions for a walk, despite the mud, this one looked and sounded very interesting. At least it wasn’t three feet of snow, although I may go for a walk if there was a feast such as the one you had waiting for me.

  3. lletty Says:

    Thank you for reading. I wouldn’t mind a bit of snow for a few days- I think it’s a bit cleaner than mud! I don’t like slush though! Another wonderful thing about the surprise lunch was that I had no part in the planning, preparing or cooking of the meal and that’s just such a treat in itself. Although I enjoy cooking it is really lovely not to have to think about a meal before you eat it! The room we ate the meal in was also charming with a huge fireplace and logs burning brightly, a very low ceiling with beams, old wooden tables and chairs, a tiny window – it was all very old and Christmassy!

  4. Anne Says:

    What a happy time you have on your walks. Makes me feel happy when I read all about it. Have a lovely Christmas and…… Keep Walking!

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Anne. We do have a great time on these walks and it was wonderful to have Marie accompany us this time. Why don’t you give it a whirl- it really is fun! Hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

  5. Marie Says:

    We did have a lovely time on our walk and a wonderful surprise at the end!!
    Thanks for recording the whole experience.

    • lletty Says:

      Thanks for reading Marie. We did have a splendid time didn’t we! Although muddy we never stopped talking, looking and getting new ideas for our art work! You did suggest that we take our sketch books next time- we’ll have to remember! Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas with your family especially your grandson! Our grandson is arriving to stay on Christmas Day…can’t wait!

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