Southerndown, 26th November

Six Wick Wanderers set off from outside Southerndown church under grey but dry skys to take the footpath and styles opposite the Three Golden Cups down to Dunraven Bay. Turning left at the bottom by the Heritage Coast Centre we followed the footpath up through the woods, fields and kissing gates to come over the last stone style opposite the Farmers Arms pub (now closed).

Turning towards St Brides village we stopped at Pitcott pool now back to normal levels after the summer drought and watched the happy ducks swimming around. In the village we crossed over to the village green with the war memorial and noticed the newly installed bicycle repair station which apparently is one of 10 installed this year by the Vale of Glamorgan council to encourage more people to cycle by reducing the risk of getting stranded, as they have free pumps and tools for cyclists. Graham and Phil, our cyclists, were very impressed and we thought this was the ideal opportunity for a photo taken by Graham, many thanks.

Continuing up Southerndown Road we turned down a footpath that leads to the school, turned up to a play area and into the residential area that goes past St Bridget’s Church which is where we had our coffee break, sitting in the porch, after having a look inside the church first. Whilst sitting in the porch we surprised one of our fellow WW from St Brides who was visiting the church, and she provided us with some very interesting facts on this lovely church. Thankyou Margaret.

We continued our walk up the hill from the church and we branched off left over the styles past St Brides Court to Heol y Mynydd and as the rain was becoming heavier we set course back along the road to Norton Farm and back to the cars in Southerndown. However, on the way back we were separated from Richard, Moira and Phil who had been stopped by a lady in a car asking them if they had seen a young girl on her own whom she was looking for. All back together, The Three Golden cups provided a very comfortable place for refreshments and an open fire to sit by. Moira discovered the young person the lady was looking for was known to a member of staff at the pub who was going to find out if she was back, we all hope so.    

Thank you one and all for joining me on the walk of about 4.5 miles.