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
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.
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! Some 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.
After 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!
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!