Church Stretton Weekend - October 2013
Most of us arrived after a very wet car journey or a very busy train journey courtesy of the rugby league international in Cardiff. Luckily, we got a cup of tea on arrival, which set us up nicely for a trip to the Bucks Head for some home cooked food and a "learned" discussion on apostrophes.
On the first day we went up Ragleth Hill, then up the Long Mynd before descending through the beautifully autumnal Cardington Valley. During the walk we saw lots of colourful and much photographed fungi, as well as several gliders taking off and landing from Long Mynd gliding club - I think we invented a new branch of physics while discussing the take-off process. During the walk Yoshie managed to get muddy up to her waist, while Aileen didn't get muddy at all; I have no idea how either of them managed this. Naturally, after this it was time for another good meal in the Bucks Head, where I discovered the existence of light mild. Mike, who had been suffering from a bad cold, obviously still wasn't well as he was heard to use the profanity "train station". Well done to Ian for spotting Mike's error.
On day 2 we all walked as one group along relatively quiet roads until we got to the the bottom of the Lawleys, where Mike and Yoshie took an alternative route via the oldest pub in Shropshire. The walk up the Lawleys was hard going as it was very windy, but the views from the top certainly made the effort worth it; it was very tempting to try flying down and with a slightly baggier cagoule it might even have worked - who knows? At the next hill, Caer Caradoc, some of us tired people went round the bottom whilst the rest of the party marched rapidly up the hill. The hill walkers beat the hill by-passers to the meeting point. Very embarrassing - although I blame the Welsh GPS duo for defeating the English map reader in the battle of navigation. At long last, we finished the day in the very good Berries tea room where some people were confused by the tea leaves; they weren't in a bag!
Thank you to Dave for organising a great weekend and to everyone else for the excellent company.