Cowbridge and Aberthin, 18th February

Lead: Graham

Nine members and one guest – Garry, a relation of Ron – had assembled at Cowbridge carpark to wait patiently for some to get attired against the threat of rain.  Following urban lanes and then the boardwalk skirting the local comprehensive school we eventually emerged into fields, some of which proved a little muddy in places.  The route was well way-marked and on entering a particularly large meadow we thought it diplomatic to stick strictly to the footpaths as the farmer was circling the area in his tractor, muck spreading.  Crossing and recrossing the field we kept a safe distance away from the flying fertiliser!  A little while later we entered Aberthin and halted at the attractive Village Hall to enjoy our beverages but not before a heavy shower forced us to don waterproofs.

A long ascent along a poorly surfaced road led us up over the bridge high above Cowbridge bypass then down to cross the A48 at Primrose Hill.  Shortly after it was back into fields where, the rain having long ceased, we stopped for the team photograph kindly taken by Garry.

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The final stile took us into a delightful sunken track which descended to join the road back into town to bid farewell to companions as we went our separate ways.  Apart from the one heavy shower and some spitting rain the weather was good throughout the four miles covered.  An enjoyable and leisurely amble to start the week.