Clemenstone and Llandow, 4th September

Lead: Phil:

This evening’s walk was the last of the ‘summer specials’ for this year, not a pleasant thought, but they have been very successful, well attended, and good fun as well, and don’t forget the Autumn often provides the best walking weather of the year.

With Liz a bit under the weather it was left to myself to come up with something, so the plan was to shorten the walk and lengthen the pub time, and this idea of course went down very well with those assembled at the village hall, numbering 6 in all.

We subsequently headed off toward the Star, and down Ewenny Road, Graham noting that hops were growing in the hedgerow, very unusual indeed. We then took a right turn at Wick Lodge and headed down to Clemenstone, with its delightful and very well-maintained buildings that are now available as Bed and Breakfast. Facebook link attached including a photo from the 1980’s when it appears the main building was derelict.

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We continued toward Church Farm in very quick time and at this point my plan to get to the pub in record time was scuppered, as we decided to ‘go for it’ and carry on toward Llandow passing Franklen Farm on the left. This route is of course well known to us, and it became clear that there was unrest amongst the group, as we headed toward Cwrt Newydd Farmhouse, and ‘you know what’ a series of stiles that must be the highest in the vale, Bob comparing them to those at the Grand National namely Bechers’s Brook and the Chair!!

The stiles were easily overcome in truth, and we continued onwards to Green Isha and back to Wick in perfect time to meet a few others who could not make the walk (but could make the pub!), and a nice pint.