Two groups (of 5 then 6 walkers) left Shillito car park at 10:50 and 11:10, some wearing Christmas hats and reindeer antlers, after singing a rousing rendition of ‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly’, much to the dubious enjoyment of others in the car park….Fah la la, fah la la, Fah la lahhhhhhh!
This was lead by choir master Pete Hammond who reminded us this was a festive CMC Tradition , so this of course was completed, with strict social distancing enforced at all times.
We paused to ponder over the wayside cross which had two white roses at it’s base, on our way through Shillito Wood.
No one was put off by mud along Hewlett’s Bank (as we are familiar with this stuff by now) and we stopped for a coffee break, for some, lunch stop for others in sunshine on higher ground at Greaves Piece.
Despite scanning the horizons for deer as we walked in bright sunshine on Big Moor, along the Barbrook path, Rudolf and his mates were busy else where and we only found cow hoof prints later.
The first group had their lunch at Barbrook bridge and the second group held out until Barbrook II Stone circle where we wined and dined in style, in slightly damp conditions but with a fabulous view across the moor.
Both groups had a quick recce of the smaller stone circle, Barbrook I, before crossing from Big Moor onto Ramsley Moor and walking back via Ramsley reservoir.
Thank you for good company and festive cheer and may you all continue to find yourselves ‘Fah la la la lahhhing ‘ for many days to come!
Keep safe and well everyone!