Short Walk on the Ogmore Downs, 29th April

Lead: Helen

Map of today’s route

After a weekend of horrible weather, just 3 intrepid women meet at Wick Village Hall for the walk this morning.  We were in luck, the rain stopped just before our departure time and the walk was rain and gale free.

We drove to the start point of the walk at Heol-y-Mynydd and parked up and set off for a leisurely stroll around the top of Ogmore Down.   The gorse was in full bloom and the scent of the flowers hung on the light breeze.  On the way we noticed that for much of our walk the grassy areas were covered in very tiny violets like a mauve carpet in places.

We took a slight detour to show Elizabeth the quarry as she had not walked the downs before, and then turned to walk alongside the edge of Southerndown Golf Club being careful to avoid any stray low flying balls.

We stopped to take a selfie (having no official Wick Wanderers photographer with us) although we later asked some other walkers to take a photo on a phone for us.

29 april

We stopped for a short rest with a view of the derelict Marie Flanders cottage and to brief Elizabeth on the history of the area, and to admire a dry stone wall and tree in early leaf which Helen and Liz took photos of to inspire us at art group.

On returning to the car, we drove to the Three Golden Cups for a coffee or tea.   A lovely 2 mile walk with no hills or stiles and with a lot of chattering – thank you ladies.