October 31, 2019 at 9:11 pm #14680Peter HammondParticipant
A reminder of the Anniversary walk next Thursday starting from 15 Pear Tree Avenue, Wingerworth S42 6QB.
As I experienced a high reading on the Mudness Guage, on a small section of the walk last Tuesday, I would suggest
wearing boots and not wearing approach shoes.
Tea, coffee, cake, toasted teacakes etc. will be available after the walk. For those who are just coming for the party after
we should be back by 3pm.
PeteNovember 8, 2019 at 5:35 pm #14748Peter HammondParticipant
11 adventurous CMC members plus Poppy, our regular canine member, gathered at the Hammond residence
having driven through various flooded roads and traffic diversions to get there.
Due to the rain still hammering down the leader decided to ply his guests with tea and coffee in an attempt
to delay the inevitable very wet start and reduce the walk length.
We did leave at 11.30 proceeding round the swollen village pond before heading down a waterlogged field to
cross the usually benign Tricket Brook. Because of the heavy rain this had become a raging torrent. After wading through a deep puddle, just after the Brook bridge, we set off towards Stubbing Pond (actually a reasonably sized lake) across more squelchy fields. Somewhat soaked cattle, sheltering at the field entrance, didn’t take too kindly to being moved out of the way……..that old song came to mind “mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday rain”
Coffee break, originally designated to be taken at the Pond, was passed over due to the recent caffeine intake so
onwards and upwards through some pleasant woods to emerge out on Swathwick Lane.
After several styles and gates in fields, all adjacent to the Lane, we then crossed back over to descend through the
stable fields to Walton Woods. Only 3 of the large number of horses usually seen were evident – hopefully the rest
were tucked up somewhere in the warm. The only other site of interest was the huge mobile phone mast constructed
to look like a Scots Pine tree but failing miserably.
Relentless rain continued to fall creating streams never before seen in these woods. Luckily all were crossed
without mishap before we arrived at a small clearing where a circle of logs placed round a fire pit provided seats
for our lunchbreak. Dodgy river and rickety bridge crossings were then undertaken plus an extremely muddy path section probably rated 10/11 on the CMC mud scale. Our expert Mudman Martin was sensibly missing so unable to
Once over Langer Lane we then dodged more flood water to ascend Nether Speighthill Wood eventually coming
out on Longedge Lane and so back to number 15 where we were joined by 3 other CMC members.
Much tea, coffee, toasted teacakes and other yummies were consumed whilst we warmed by the roaring fire.
The anniversary cake, kindly made by Rosie, was then cut. A picture of the cake will be placed on the website which depicts a very fitting RIP note to our much loved and sadly missed Thursday walk and club stalwart, Sean.
My thanks to all who came, for your good humoured company in appalling conditions on probably the wettest
Thursday walk ever.
PeteNovember 8, 2019 at 6:28 pm #14751Andy SmithKeymaster
The 7th Anniverary party at Pete’s house and the cake made by Rosy.
Attachments:November 8, 2019 at 7:34 pm #14762Andy SmithKeymaster
The cake in the shape of an S stands for Seventh anniversary, Sean, and the Six years that Sean was walking with us.
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