About fifteen intrepid explorers arrived on Friday, at the windswept southern outpost, otherwise known as Portland YHA. After the first of many delicious meals, we split into two noisy teams to play ‘Outburst.’
Unfortunately, since the writer
was clearly in the wrong team, Glenys’ crew wiped the floor with us time
and time again, throughout the weekend.
Saturday saw us walking along the rugged cliffs of
Other than someone inconveniently
leaving a military base in our path, our hike was trouble free. It offered great exercise, fellowship and a
chance to explore yet one more part of our beautiful country. The bleak, barren landscape and strong winds
When we returned, Bobby the hostel warden added to the contentment of the weekend. Her humour, food, great choice of sixties music and cosiness of her hostel made the indoor time even more pleasant than we could have anticipated.
Sunday found us several miles away
on the roof of St Catherine’s Chapel admiring the view, before briefly
scrambling onto the famous
Leaders: Robin & Glenys Richardson
Report: Joy Read
Glen Coe 17 - 24 February
Our guides had just arrived and we were all sat around the oval dining table tucking into the evenings veggie and gluten free, high Gl (or was that low GI) meal when the main guide, Chris asked us what we would like to achieve during the week. So each one of the eight of us shared our expectations - climb a grade 3, improve our ice axe skills, learn to lead a climb - but one small problem we all faced...where was the snow! We had three great guides to take us out into the hills for the week, but would we be able to find any of that white icy stuff? We did not have to worry about anything, we were is safe hands, we had four great days of adventure in snow/ice, and one day (because of rain) in the ‘warmth’ of the Ice Factory - an ice and rock wall indoor centre, brushing up on rope and belay skills.
One of our group unfortunately injured themselves early on in the week and then spent the rest of the week hobbling around unable to come out with us, but apart from the odd bump and scrape the rest of us came away nharmed.
Even though at the start of the week there did not seem much snow around, each day we were taken to the hilltops we found plenty of snow and ice to climb and stomp around in. This is not a week of having to get to the tops of ridges or mountains, but just having fun in climbing part of a cliff face or a part of ridge that does not always lead to a summit. It’s a week of stretching yourself to see what you could achieve - and having a great time in God’s creation.
A big thank you to John and Kate for once again organising a great week. The food and accommodation just keeps on getting better year after year.
Leader: John Penrose
Report: Neil Wells
The CRC three-day linear walk from
the source of the River Coln in the Cotswolds to where it joins the river
decided it was safe to stay, everyone being so friendly and helpful. We stayed at Stow-on-the-Wold Youth hostel - such a nice village! The weather was amazing; I really should have brought suntan cream!
Spring had really sprung! We walked past woods filled with bluebells, blossom in the hedgerows, fields full of ewes and lambs, fields full of dandelions, pheasants strutting their stuff, ducks and ducklings, even a family of water voles swam past one day and we heard a cuckoo! We followed the river as it meandered along, beautiful! We managed to have some nice stops en route at a Roman villa, two churches, a lovely pub, and two fantastic teashops!
The logistics of a linear walk were interesting to say the least! Prayer, sweat, and patience required!? Glenys was the star using plates and coffee sachets to represent cars and people to make sure we could all get to the beginning and end of the walks and back to the hostel! We managed not to lose anyone - I think!? We had a lovely Chinese takeaway and a time of worship on Saturday night. Especial thanks go to Robin and Glenys for leading, and to Roger for sharing his amazing walk. It was great, and to be recommended.
Leaders: Robin and Glenys Richardson plus Roger Philpott
Report: Jean Carpenter
Rhoscolyn 31 March -
I think it’s fair to say
that Anglesey is not the first place most people would chose for a holiday; it
does not have the appeal of
Our accommodation was an independent self-catering 3 star hostel at Rhoscolyn about 10 miles from Holyhead. We were fortunate that we had dedicated and efficient volunteer chefs to choose and prepare a wide range of good meals.
The plan was to walk half of the
costal path of
We celebrated Good Friday and Easter Sunday with an in-house Communion Service and our singing (obviously not mine) attracted the attentions of a Christian camper who joined us for one of the services.
Many thanks to Sue Edwards, our event leader, who did an excellent job of organising the walks, transport, and accounts for all our spending.
Leader: Sue Edwards
Report: George Clowes
AGM 4 - 8 May
Over 80 members gathered at Gradbach Mill for the AGM and walking weekend. Saturday was bright and windy but warmer than expected so it was a welcome surprise for some groups to find an ice cream van at Roach End. Other groups found shelter and refreshments at the Cat and Eiddle or the Tittesworth cafe.
Walks ranged from an easy 6 miles around the scenic Tittesworth Reservoir or along the beautiful River Dane, through bluebell woods, up to Hanging Stone Rock and through the chasm of Lud’s Church; 10 miles along the spectacular crags of The Roaches or the climb past Three Shire Head to the summit with detours to the Cat and Fiddle and over Shutlingsloe; and 18 miles to Shining Tor. A nature walk led by John Ashworth ended with tea at his farm and a request for help with his animals. We also welcomed the families whose children are now old enough to join the adult walkers.
Saturday’s AGM was thoughtful, Sunday worship was inspirational and Monday was entertaining with a video shown by Roger Philpott of the CRC Silver Anniversary Walk along the River CoIn.
Many thanks to many people, including Pauline for the bookings, Alison Edwards and the musicians for the worship, George Clowes for the walks, and the committee and leaders for their commitment through the year.
Leader: Alison Edwards
Report: Maureen Davis
Eilean Arainn 19 - 26 May
Should there be anyone who may be confused, especially those inhabiting a much larger island to the west of this isle, the author would like to qualify that the CRC expedition was to the Isle Of Arran and not the Aran Islands to the west of the aforesaid larger island and that he regrets he was unable to fulfil any orders for Aran jumpers.
Initially 19 expeditioneers plus canine were disgorged on Saturday (plus 1 on Sunday) from the Ardrossan/Brodick ferry and, via the impressively synchronized multi modal island transport system, arrived at the youth hostel and other detached accommodation in Lochranza. Sir Walter Scott’s ‘The Lord Of the Isles’ describes the latter thus:
On fair Lochranza streamed the early day,
Thin wreaths of cottage smoke are upward curl’d
From the lone hamlet, which her inland bay
And circling mountains sever from world
After an evening sampling the local hostelry with its wall to wall whisky, it was off to the Kirk on Sunday morning for spiritual refreshment of a more exalted kind followed by a northern seashore stroll. There was trouble identifying the ‘Cock Of Arran’. Sorry to disappoint the bird spotting fraternity but this is a geological feature. A Damsel in Distress was rescued by our gallant ‘Sir Knight Andrew.
On Monday the Brythonic meaning of ‘Arainn’ as ‘high place’ was keenly felt as the more vertically inclined expeditioneers climbed up to Ben Nuis from Glen Rosa and along the ridge to Bienn Tarsuinn and back via Beinn Chliabhain circling Coire a’ Bhradain in glorious weather. The more horizontally inclined circled Beinn Bhreac.
Tuesday brought a ferry trip to
Arran’s very own
Wednesday brought with it a day of glorious precipitation both of the liquid and precipice kinds as expedition one assaulted the north west face of the ‘Mountain Of Wind’, (meaning of the Gaelic ‘Goat Fell’) the highest mountain on Arran, from Glen Sannox via the ridge traversing the Saddle and North Goatfell. And what a wind! And what a sharp ridge! On the peak a weird and wonderful bird of an unknown species was spotted. Expedition two ascended and descended via the ‘tourist’ route from Brodick castle. After their heroic deeds with expedition one, Sharon and Sue were presented with a leftover scone by expedition two.
Thursday brought with it a ferry
trip for one expedition to a remote part of the mainland, the Mull Of Kintyre,
On Friday Glen Sannox via Cir Mhor
and Casteall Abhail back to Lochranza satisfied the Corbett baggers whilst a
Sadly, Saturday was the Day Of
Leaders: Robert & Wei Hei Kipling
Report: David Lunn
Skye 19 - 26 May
Pinnacle of Achievement!
What a fantastic time I had with the CRC in May! For me it was a dream trip - to share such beautiful mountains and awesome challenges with a super group of people who also appreciate them. I’m so grateful to God for keeping me healthy and fit enough to take part and to my husband for taking care of the family so I could go.
A clean, spacious, warm, well- equipped self-catering house with lovely views awaited the gathering together at Sligachan on the Saturday night of the Guide (the sure-footed John Lyall) and his twelve followers. You can see where we were at www.sligachan.co.uk.
Sunday saw us assemble at the
On each of the following six days the party split in to two groups, one doing a tough walk/scramble in the Black Cuillins led by John, while the other group had a rest day or a CRC member-led walk or scramble.
John’s expeditions involved the use of ropes, helmets and harnesses for the difficult bits. With John’s expert guidance and the group’s good humoured encouragement, where needed, we succeeded in completing a section of the Cuillin Ridge Traverse (Sgurr a Mhadaidh, Sgurr a Ghreadaidh and Sgurr na Banachdich); an ascent of Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe; climbing the highest Cuillin, Sgurr Alasdair; rock climbing the Inaccessible Pinnacle of Sgurr Dearg; and scrambling up the west ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean.
The skills we learnt with John included putting on a climbing harness correctly and without tripping over; bouncing on our toes and leaning out over a vertical drop (some of us didn’t manage that one); and interpreting Mountain Guide language (‘airy’ means ‘you’ll be petrified if you look down!’ while ‘interesting’ or ‘a wee bit tricky’ translates as ‘verging on impossible). Rock climbing the ‘In Pinn’ was definitely ‘airy’ and ‘a wee bit tricky’, especially in the rain, although some found the descent even worse and Mark resorted to reciting the 23 Psalm for courage as he was lowered through the mist down the vertical face.
Personally, I found the scrambling challenging and was relieved that the visibility was so poor on the first day that I couldn’t see the drops below me! However, I gained confidence throughout the week and felt that all twelve of us summiting the ‘In Pinn’ (on two separate days) was an amazing achievement for the group and a testament to John’s leadership.
Activities enjoyed by the other
group included a walk up Blaven with the sighting of a herd of
Amongst the other highlights of the week were the calls of the cuckoos which accompanied us everywhere (the one heard through the mist high on the Cuillin Ridge was said to be commenting on our sanity!); the super meals (cooked in turn by teams of two) especially Ann and Jan’s epic mango chicken stir-fry followed by delicious bread and butter pudding; drinking a toast to Grant and Pauline who celebrated their first wedding anniversary on the Sunday; Ann’s nightly slide shows where she displayed on her laptop the day’s digital photos; Jan serenading us with an appropriate song for the day (‘There may be trouble ahead’, ‘I can see clearly now the rain has gone’); sitting on the summit of Sgurr nan Gillean on the last day watching a pair of white tailed sea eagles rise on a thermal from the valley floor to well above the mountain tops then glide off to their hunting grounds.
The weather ranged from hailstorms through mist and unremitting rain to glorious sunshine but it was never too windy and by the end of the week we had bagged 10 Munros between us and seen some superb views which I think is very good for Skye! The wind was a blessing as it kept the midges away.
To finish, I would like to thank
again every member of the group for being such good company and especially
I know I can speak for the whole group when I say that ‘a good time was had by all!’
Leader: Duncan Parsons
Report: Cath Sinclair
Arundel 25 - 28 May
Six of us (the advance party) arrived at the hostel on a warm May evening ready for our Bank Holiday weekend and we gathered in anticipation to find out more about the walks that had been planned.
It was a weekend of contrasts - a
hot and sunny start to heavy rain on Sunday - but all through lots of good
walking. On Friday we walked from the
hostel onto the
That evening our numbers almost doubled as more came to join us for the weekend, and we had another briefing as Sarah gave us details of the walks planned for Saturday and Sunday.
The next day we had a good 11 mile
walk, going into Arundel and on through
On Sunday we received a warm welcome from the Baptist church in Arundel who provided space for our wet weather gear and encouraged us in our walking as we left in the rain. Lunch was a cosy affair as a church porch provided shelter from the rain and there was a lively discussion on the extent and quality of the rain - could it be described as drizzle, moderate, continuous, tipping it down? But then it also gave us food for thought as one of the church notices posed the question 5 reasons for believing in God and 5 reasons for being a Christian.
By popular vote we went back to the Black Rabbit for another enjoyable evening. Monday was departure day and farewells with many thanks to Sarah for her leading and organisation.
Leader: Sarah Risbridger
Report: Pat Fennell
Scottish Week 26 May - 2 June
To start the week we explored the
Munros around Loch Ness for two days, staying at the Loch Ness Youth Hostel,
which has stunning views of the
Monday morning saw us heading to Torridon after replenisahing our supplies at Dingwall, and some even managed a coffee at Tesco’s. Monday’s walk was short due to a late start, but was nonetheless strenuous, with just a little rain at the end of the walk. The next two days were really wet with no chance of dry walks. Some explored the nature reserve mountain trail at Beinn Eighe, while others went to Applecross with its heritage centre, or Munro bagging. A group attempted Beinn Eighe, hoping for the 80% chance of clear tops, but were met with a downpour euphemistically called “precipitation”. Some carried on to the top, to arrive back drenched.
Advantage was taken of the glorious sun of the next two days to cram in as many miles and feet of climb as possible. The views from the tops really were stunning, reminding us of the Psalmist’s words: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”
All too soon the week was over, and we headed back to home and work after new friendships formed and old ones strengthened. Thank you George for leading an unforgettable event.
Leader: George Clowes
Report: Adri Rossouw
Dolgellau 24 - 28 May
May Bank Holiday
Cadair Idris is the second most
popular Welsh mountain range after
The Sunday took us to the other
side of the mountain, starting from the Pen-y-Bont Hotel on the shore of
The walks finished on the Bank Holiday Monday with the Precipices walk. Between walks we enjoyed a meal together, lit and talked around a small bonfire enjoying baked potatoes and had a time of worship.
Very BIG THANKS! to Heather for all her hard work and for everyone who came on this weekend making it a memorable occasion. Happy-snaps of the weekend can be found at: www.flickr.com/photos/marsbarone.
Leader: Heather Griffiths
Report: John D Marsden
Boggle Hole 25 - 29 May
Boggle Hole hostel is an old corn mill commanding a splendid view of the sea and surrounded by cliffs. What a trek it was for 16 intrepid walkers to leave cars, walk down a steep country lane laden with luggage, and cross the beck via a wooden footbridge to reach it, to be greeted by friendly staff.
Walks included coastal paths with
bracing climbs, undulations and spectacular views; a disused railway track -
We learned one true fact about each person by playing the True/False game, but it was sometimes hard to distinguish which statements were false.
The theme of our time of worship
on Sunday was ‘bearing fruit’ (John 15); we all had a piece of
fruit to enjoy. We spent Monday morning
Monday evening saw us in Robin Hood’s Bay where we rounded the event off with a meal at the Bay Hotel overlooking the sea. Haddock cooked in beer batter is to be commended.
Thanks Kevin for organising the event. We had a great time!
Leader: Kevin Prior
Report: Stephen Bennett
How often do participants in a CRC event know the walks that are planned before the first day, including the category of every mountain, hill, and knoll that will be climbed? Such was the organisation of our glorious leader; the weather as ever was less predictable. The six souls who headed south from Torridon on Saturday already had first hand knowledge of the vagaries of Scottish weather, complete with sodden footwear and scorched necks!
At Oban we were joined by four
more of the party, and a steady heavy rain that lasted for the next 48 hours,
allegedly resulting in the highest rainfall ever recorded at
The first day’s walk on the Mull of Oa introduced us to the great variety of wildlife to be found on slay, but was little more than a taster of things to come. With an expert guide in the shape of John Ashworth, and plenty of
binoculars amongst the group, ecological exhaustion by the end of the week.
Tuesday found us on the ferry to
Jura for an assault on the Paps.
Unfortunately, as Pat found out after a little misunderstanding, the
temporary ferry had room for only one lorry at a time. While the hard party slogged their way along
the path that Evans had ridden on his pony to the screes of Beinn Siantaidh,
the moderate group made straight for the highest mountain on the two islands,
the Corbett Beinn an Dir. Here they
found out in the mist that “an Dir” means in Gaelic “with an
edge”, and not necessarily as the Corbett Almanac suggests “of
Gold”. The hard party passed them
on their hasty retreat and pressed on to the summit along a broad ridge with a
gentle slope including a path provided courtesy of the Ordnance Survey! Highlights of the day included a massive herd
The finest day was certainly Wednesday, with the whole group heading for Bagh an dà Dhoruis: the bay with a door. The route lay over the back of a speckled cormorant, and through the pass of the west wind. There we met with an adder and a large herd of brown and white goats, before descending onto a classic raised beach occupied by a newborn fawn. After a scramble down to the real beach, George and Bernard took to the waves, but were ignored by the kelpies that basked on the reef off the shore. Others took the chance to paddle, watch the parade of seabirds, or sleep in the sun! The route off the beach up a broad grassy rake was a lot easier, and a long trudge back along a buggy track relieved by a close we were to encounter with a very friendly green lizard.
Thursday saw a divided party, with
the hard men tackling Beinn a’ Chaolais, the third Pap of Jura, this time
using the proper ferry. Others headed
A poignant reminder of our own mortality, and the sacrifices made by Christians of earlier generations was found in the American Memorial on the Mull of Oa and the Otranto War Grave at Kilchoman. Next time you raise a glass of the original Islay Whisky (a 17 year old Bowmore single malt that comes highly recommended), let your toast and your prayers be for the sailors who gave their lives off the shores of this beautiful island in the Great War.
Leader: Andy Rook
Report: Bernard Spears
Wells-next-the-Sea: 15 - 17 June
The promise of seeing orchids, avocets and natterjack toadsV) lured 12 of us to this Wildlife Event and we were not disappointed. On Friday evening most of us enjoyed fish and chips by the quayside with views over bobbing yachts and dinghies in the harbour. We then returned to the well- appointed and comfortable hostel for an illustrated talk on the history of the coastline and were briefed as to what we might expect to see over the weekend.
The next morning we set out for
Before attending the parish church, which is conveniently situated opposite the hostel, some of us made an earlier start on Sunday morning and visited a Celtic settlement (still under construction!). After the service we made for Cley Marshes Nature Reserve with its commendably ‘green’ Visitor Centre. It is run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Avocets, marsh harriers, black-tailed godwits, little egrets, shelduck, Egyptian geese and greylag geese were just a few of the species we saw, as well as yellow horned poppies growing on the shingle bank.
It wasn’t easy to leave this beautiful and peaceful coastline to head for home and work the next day. Many thanks to Sally for organising and leading such an interesting and enjoyable event.
Leader: Sally Clifton
Report: Mary Salter
Scilly Isles: 19 - 26 June
Intrepid ramblers spent as much time
on water as land when exploring the Scilly Isles. Expensive to get to and to stay on, we were
however not disappointed. It proved to
be a fascinating place, full of exotic plants more commonly associated with the
The islands are delightful, with a wonderful community spirit, clusters of homes nestling in bays and hardly any cars.
For someone living alone, CRC holidays are the best. Excellent company allows you to choose to share activities or do your own thing with freedom. Friendships develop as we try to remember where we last met. Sharing cooking, planning, shopping and washing up bind us together (is there a song there?!) and you really can cut a marshmallow tea cake into eight.
Thanks to Melanie from all of us for the planning and organising this lovely holiday.
Leader: Melanie Griffiths
Report: Linda Olivey
Bryn Gwynant 29 June - 1 July
or five wet walkers in
A small group of CRCers stayed in the comfortable Bryn Gwynant youth hostel in beautiful Snowdonia. We had been allocated to the coach house rather than the main hostel and were able to take advantage of the self-
catering kitchen with its two fridges (when I arrived these were completely empty and less than half full over the entire weekend - an unheard of occurrence for a CRC event!). The coach house also had the advantage of being away from the large school party in the main hostel but did mean those going for hostel meals or to the drying room had to go outside in the rain. In fact rain was the main theme and constant of the weekend.
Despite pouring rain and a poor
forecast we set off on the Saturday morning to ascend
Sunday dawned wet, but this time there were breaks in the rain, so after a short meditation in the hostel we set off from Beddgelert and walked along the Aberglaslyn valley. Thwarted in our attempt to walk through the disused railway tunnel due to the presence of road works we instead took the Fisherman’s Path, which despite the dire warnings of it being a difficult path proved to be no match for our walking skills - though due to the rain the height of the river had impinged on the path in at least one place necessitating the taking of a higher route. We walked over the hills and enjoyed spells of dryness and views and ended up walking past the Sygun copper mine before returning to Beddgelert.
Many thanks to Nick and Irene Singleton for organising the weekend and for their thoughtful adapting of activities and walks to make the best of the weather.
Leaders: Nick & Irene Singleton
Report: Susan Bradley
Llwyn y Celyn 5 - 8 July
For me, it was a really lovely break.
Looking across a wooded and hilly valley, hidden from the main road. This hostel was our home for three nights, a quiet haven with house martins, flying to and from their nests. A very warm welcome was received by all, from Nikki and Diana who led the weekend. I met old friends and some new, twelve of us in all.
A long weekend’s walking without rain, between weeks of downpours: this was amazing!
Friday was a day to build one’s strength up for the following day (well for me anyway), led by Nikki. We started from the mountain centre nearby, with a varied walk and by some lakes and moors, and seeing the Brecon Beacons from a distance, (and trying to decide which was Corn Ddu and Pen y Fan) and also the Usk valley, and I believe, some red kites.
Saturday, Diana led the Brecon Horseshoe walk (Corn Ddu, Pen y Fan, Cribyn, Fan y Big and the ridge back), which was carpeted in green, with beautiful clear views all around. We also saw the Brecon ponies. Apparently this walk was of 4,000 feet of ascent but it didn’t seem like that due to the gradual climbs.
We had good meals at the hostel in a convivial atmosphere (with other groups present) and then some were involved in evenings of Monopoly!
On Sunday we walked from the hostel to the hills behind and had stops for meditative readings and prayers.
Many, many thanks to Nikki Cope, Diana Hayes and all who contributed to a FAB weekend.
Leaders: Diana Hayes & Nikki Cope
Report: Daphne Stockwell
Helmsley 6 - 8 July
An enjoyable time was had by all on a history-themed weekend at Helmsley, a good refurbished hostel. Some of us had time to visit the castle before 16 of us set off to walk to Rievaulx Abbey on a sunny Saturday morning. We arrived to lunch at the abbey picnic site before David guided us with information about the history of these beautiful ruins. The few short showers did not dampen our enjoyment and the sun was well and truly out for our walk back. Some engines from the Steam Fair Rally were in the town square to enliven our evening as we vent out for a meal together.
Sunday morning found us at Ripon
Cathedral for morning service, then we went on to Fountains Abbey, another
impressive ruin in a beautiful seffing.
After our picnic lunch at the visitor centre David again guided us round
the site and on along woodland paths and through the water-gardens of
Thank you, David Lambert, for all the information and preparations and choosing such beautiful visits.
Leader: David Lambert
Report: Maureen Davis
Keswick 14 - 21 July
About 14 of us met in Keswick for the Convention combined with walking. Most of the group stayed in two self- catering cottages and some in bed and breakfast accommodation, all conveniently situated near to the Convention Centre.
The theme this year was ‘Living in Outrageous Grace’ and the speaker at the morning meetings was Alec Motyer. His talks were based on the book of Exodus. There were various speakers at the evening celebrations and one evening meeting was recorded for the BBC Service broadcast on August 5th. There were also seminars on a variety of issues held in various locations in Keswick.
All week there was an interactive mission exhibition entitled ‘Graceworks’, which demonstrated how grace is making a difference world-wide. The ‘Prayer Tent’ was nearby with various rooms’ created to encourage prayer through creativity and reflection.
A variety of walks were ably led by Geoffrey, and Julie kindly led some lower level walks for those not quite so fit! Among the many lovely views we had was a fantastic one coming down into Watendlath.
We had group meals in the evenings at the cottages and a group meal together on the final evening.
Thank you Geoffrey for organising the week and for letting us bed and breakfast ones have meals at the house.
Leader: Geoffrey Payne
Report: Marian Butchers
Brownilocks and 26 - 29 July
the 20 Bears! (Mary Jones Walkers)
Once upon a time, 23 members of the Christian Rambling Club from across the Nation, completed 26 miles of the Mary Jones walk from Abergynolwyn, back to Bala, over a three day break in fine sunshine, aptly staying at Bala-Backpackers, right beside the Thomas Charles Statue, who was so moved by Mary’s determination that it inspired him to form The British and Foreign Bible Society, still printing Bibles in many languages today.
It felt like Brownilocks (Christine Sherriff!) was leading her group of Bears through the woods in an enjoyable stretch of rugged and luscious passes between high mountains, on this three day linear walk. The trail took us on a bus ride to the monument at the start, where we listened to Mary’s story in true CRC Sunday School style! We passed a dead cow at the designated coffee stop! Managed to lose a few members on the way, who wilted on this moderate listed walk! But miraculously, soon all were present and correct at the delicious Welsh Tea. Another miracle produced the evening meal, double helpings for all, and those up to it played Christine’s mime game.
Day 2 was the Biggy, as some of us fantasized about gaily skipping through a film set of Welsh Mountain backdrop, in Welsh tapestry shawls, along easy, but long, lanes with Cadair Idris remaining in glorious view for over 4 hours, as we remembered Mary’s mission. Casualties included severely sunburned shins (!!), belly ache, head aches, and absence from a tumble the day before. Our Swiss time-keeper (Stella) permitted sipping 3-4 mins on the hour, every hour, and like clockwork we arrived at our ETA.
Other treats included finding a
replacement restaurant at no notice, diverting out of a storm-strewn forest,
and bliss at last, sleeping on a hot beach, before joy of joys, steam puffing
No time to sing, but we raised £100 towards The Bible Society and we thanked God for fine days after a week of floods.
Leader: Christine Sherriff
Report: Stella Shaw
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