Eighteen people and Poppy (wearing a red poppy) joined in the 5.8miles for the 6th anniversary of the Thursday walks, perfectly timed to enjoy the stunning autumnal tree colours. From Moorcroft road we took a series of paths across fields then up the Porter valley and after a short coffee break, crossed the moors to the high point at Ox Stones. Exposed to a cold wind and shower, we retreated to Lady Canning’s Plantation for a slightly more sheltered lunch spot using the felled trees to sit on. Early in the walk we quickly reached a count of 13 stiles, but disappointingly the final total was only 15. Returning through the wood, past alpacas, down the sometimes ski slope, we regained the Porter valley path, stopping briefly to read Oliver Gilbert’s (former CMC member) plaque and later to admire the elf decorated tree and the valley’s famous (un)forgettable waterfall. Another 4 members joined in the tea party afterwards. Particular thanks to Lin for baking a delicious ginger cake decorated with a 6, which was the focus for singing Happy Birthday!
Thanks to all who came for your company, lovely food you brought and for an extremely convivial post walk gathering.