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Ellesmere, Shropshire Weekend - December 2017

Six of us turned up for the last weekend trip of the year and had a good if curtailed break. The staff at the pub we stayed in were really friendly, and even better they were doing mince pies and mulled wine. It kept me, if not others, off the beer for a little while. On both nights we had huge plates of good, very reasonably priced food. Based on the amount of snow and the temperature in Shropshire during the weekend the over indulgence felt justified, although Dave's mixed grill probably needed a lot more snow and even colder temperatures, it was enormous !!!

On the first day 4 of us went on the A party walk from the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct to Llangollen and back. There were a few snow related navigational errors which meant we spent quite a lot of time walking up hill in quite deep snow. Most of the day was sunny and the views from the hills were fantastic. We arrived a bit later than planned in Llangollen and decided to take the quickest route back to the aqueduct as the sky threatened more snow and we needed to finish the walk in daylight. This meant a walk along the canal which is an interesting feat of civil engineering in itself even without the aqueduct, which never ceases to amaze me.

The B party did a shorter walk from Ellesmere, also enjoying good views and an excellent trip to a pub with bottomless cups of tea on the way round.

Following our second large meal Colin taught us how to play a version of whist. I enjoyed this, due mainly to beginners luck and winning! Dave also managed to open my newspaper and admit it was not bad, whether that counts as social progress or deterioration would be very subjective, so I am not mentioning the paper!!

The promised snow arrived on Saturday night and with the weather forecast predicting lots more snow at least one driver decided they were going to skip the day’s walk and leave early after a relaxed breakfast. Driving out of Ellesmere was difficult and the visibility poor so I was pleased with my decision. However, a few other braver souls stayed on for a shortish walk, which they enjoyed, and importantly all got home safely.

Catriona