As Claire and I turned into Church Road it was great to see so many Wanderers already gathered outside the village hall, and with 2 new recruits Jackie and Elizabeth (welcome both) we now had 14 in total, all looking forward to a gentle stroll in the summer sun.
The walk commenced along Llantwit Road in Wick turning left into Green Isaf. Having walked the route last week, I was certain there was nothing to fear, however these feelings were changing as we found ourselves struggling to get over stiles either broken or very high. Nonetheless we ventured on, successfully negotiating the stepping stones of the Nant y Brychau brook, we continued our journey. A group of 5 or so horses then joined us, and as we crossed the field with the horses still following, I felt certain that Liz, who is never one to miss an opportunity, would ask them for a fiver for their annual subs or they could get lost.
We were now approaching Cwrt Newydd farmhouse and a few other very nice farmhouses in a delightful hamlet, and with Sutton Brook on our right we approached Llandow village. We now turned left along a track passing Clemenstone Lodge and Franklen Farm, it was now time for the photo with Carroll stepping up to the plate.
We then took a left turn along a track, ignoring the stile and footpath sign. This was a big mistake finding ourselves trapped by a huge gate, however Liz showing exceptional leadership skills quickly got to grips with the problem, untying the ‘pink’ ropes and freeing the gate allowing us all to pass and continue onward.
Not long to go now, as we crossed the last few fields, enjoying great views across the vale and toward Llantrisant and north of Bridgend, we had arrived in Wick. With everyone now making light work of clearing the stiles, Pennie who was particularly pleased with her effort offered a curtsey to all, followed by wild applause from the Wanderers. We then continued to The Star just a few minutes away and a refreshing pint.
Many thanks to all who came along. A very enjoyable walk indeed.