Cowbridge, 22nd May

After the last 2 Monday Walks being called off, first due to hailstones, then torrential rain, it was lovely to wake to blue skies and sunshine.

Twelve Wick Wanderers met in the car park at Forage, then headed down into Cowbridge. We walked along the High Street, Bear Field and North Rd, cutting through Arthur John’s Yard to the lake. Moyra showed us a hidden well, which was one of the 3 original medieval ones serving Cowbridge. We walked around the lake, admiring irises and various trees including a marvellous Red Hawthorn.

The group then walked towards the Physic Garden, stopping off enroute in The Church of The Holy Cross with its stunning golden mosaic behind the Altar. We had a break to enjoy Mag’s cakes in the garden, some taking shade in the Grecian-style Summer House. The return journey progressed through The Old Hall Gardens, up over the ‘battlements’ – the short stretch of walkway on top of the old town wall, crossed The Butts and followed a path across The Police Fields.

Interesting to see the dual-purpose goal post/ sticks depending which shape of rugby/football is being used.

We walked along residential streets of West Village and the still under construction Clare Garden Village. Still a little area of countryside linking the two.  At this point we were stretching out as a group, and I decided maybe we should cut the walk short and head back to Forage directly. We missed out the path and country lane to and from St Brynach’s. But it’s there another day to explore. Hopefully all noticed “The Taylor Wimpey Mystery Chimney Monuments”- even the people who constructed them have no idea what they are! One helpful brickie suggested the rest of the house was underground.

Back at Forage we were delighted to be joined for refreshments by Mary, Carroll, Ann and Cliff.  I took a group photo as we all sat shaded from the hot sun, enjoying each other’s company.

Thank you all for coming.