Hmm - now just exactly where are we?
Ian gets close & personal with a gate to save getting muddy
Sometimes one gets a feeling that not all of the lunatics are safely locked up! We set off from the car park at the village hall at Llanfair Waterdine in thick mist and made the long ascent up to Offa's Dyke. As we neared our goal Ruth informed us that there were great views had the surrounding thick cloud not thwarted us.
The Dyke appeared through the gloom and after a decent interval we pulled up a muddy tuft and stopped for a spot of creature comfort.
Stuffing our faces again!
Scrambling up the muddy bit
The forecast was good and so 4 of us took the opportunity to check out a walk from Beguildy.
We drove up quite high heading towards Beacon Hill which bode rather well for a relatively easy walk over Black Mountain. We set off with Beryl leading and we were soon heading south with a misty Beacon Hill to our left as we headed towards Warren Bank. There was quite a bit of wind once we got a bit higher, but fortunately, with the sun starting to make its presence felt we were quite comfortable, nevertheless, we found a spot out of the wind for our coffee break just after crossing Warren Brook.
Coffee break just above Warren Brook
Ponies giving us the once over
Heading along the southern flank of Black Mountain
A sheltered spot for our lunch break looking east towards Warren Hill
Colin briefing the troops on the walk ahead
A grey and dank day saw 6 of us set off from the church car park at Lyonshall - so naturally, our first port of call was to the church itself, followed speedily by a circuit of the castle and a visit across the moat to see what was what. The castle was important from the 10th to the 16th century, but by the 17th it was recorded as being a ruin.
The moat - starting to fill up nicely
The castle needs a bit of work
Colin tells Ian all about the tramway whilst the ladies march ahead
Our return to Lyonshall took us through maize fields (crop now harvested) and cider apple orchards as well a a couple of fields where we were subjected to close scrutiny by a number of friendly horses. We reached the cars at the church after 4.8 miles. A really interesting walk, and our thanks to Anne & Colin for leading on this occasion.
Erm - got any apples?
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