Southerndown circular walk via St Brides and Heol y Mynydd, 14th August

Leaders Moyra and Liz

Seven of us set off from outside Southerndown church suitable attired as the forecast was for showers and it looked like rain. We walked down to Southerndown beach lower carpark via the steps and stopped to admire the view of Exmoor, and the high tide which had covered all the beach.

We turned back and continued our walk through the woods where Liz had to remove her jacket as she was getting a bit hot and flustered as the weather was warming up.

We exited the woods via first of five of the new kissing gates through grass fields. However, in the third field there was a large number of calves and half a dozen cows, which were not there last week when we did the recce, and we proceeded boldly along the hedge towards the next kissing gate. Fortunately, they did not like the look of us and moved through a large gap into the adjoining field.

Excitement over we carried along the footpath over the last style to the road and stopped by the pond for a refreshment break and to remove further layers of waterproof clothing. We noted the water pump by the village pond which was used up to 1925 and continued into St Brides, left past the church hall where the library is open on a Saturday morning, and then branched right unto Heol Y Mynydd, left to Groes Farm and then back down into Southerndown.

Welcomed refreshments were taken from Ffroth kiosk at the back of the Three Golden Cups with outside covered seating, and as the sun was shining more layers were removed. Hard to know what to wear with this very changeable weather.