Wick circular via Llandow, 11th July

Lead: Phil

There was a slightly disappointing turnout for the first of the summer evening walks, with six Wanderers assembled at the village hall. The weather was very good, so we started the walk leaving the village hall, turning right into Llantwit Road and then left toward Green Isaf Farm.

We have done this walk a few times previously, and soon reached the stepping stones of the Nant y Brychau brook. We were now approaching Cwrt Newydd farmhouse and a few other very nice bungalows and farmhouses, and with Sutton Brook on our right we approached Llandow village.

At this point we all entered into a discussion regarding the route and decided to add a bit of interest to the walk, and tried to locate the footpath shown on the map and follow it toward Tynewydd Farm and Clemenstone. We were initially thwarted by a large pond of slurry blocking the gate, so tried another route that allowed us to cross the brook, though the style was badly damaged and the general area very overgrown, it became obvious that this route had not been walked for some time.

Continuing, we found many more problems such as powered fencing that we had to clamber under a few times, that eventually led to a wooden style, again very overgrown, and with great difficulty we had to climb across to a stone style with large drop the other side. As this point, and with those wearing shorts now covered in stings and insect bites, we should have cut our losses and headed back to the road, but we continued to find the route completely over grown and with no way through. We then decided to retrace our route, and found another way through close to Church Farm that took us toward the road and back to Clemenstone and time for the team photo.

11 july

We then continued toward Ewenny Road, and headed back to The Star for a welcome pint.