A weekend away at Hay on Wye was scheduled for April 2014.
It had seemed like a good idea at the time but little/no
interest had been shown in the event so it was postponed until
Well, what a difference a year makes!!!
In April 2015 all roads led to Hay and what a fabulous
weekend we had, with 25--30 people supporting each of the
two days walks and a similar number for the Saturday evening
meal.(with 8 of those people coming from other groups, to
blend in splendidly with the group, and join in the fun.)
We met for the Saturday walk in the centre of Hay, in full sun
and wall to wall blue sky, and after a lot of friendly introductions we
made our way down past the Castle and through the narrow windy
streets of Hay, then taking a route across fields to
the lovely village of Clyro with St Michael's church, where
Francis Kilvert, Victorian diarist, had been curate.
We then had a long and steady climb eventually giving us great
views over to all the surrounding hills and mountains--a
magnificent sight. We lunched in a field so that we could take
in the beauty, before heading off again, descending to
Llowes and another lovely church, St Meilig's, complete with a
most beautiful ancient Celtic Cross.
A climb up again restored the views which we savoured
before dropping down to walk back into Hay beside the River
That evening we met at The Three Tuns for a delicious meal.
I had pre-ordered the food and so held my breath hoping the
orders were correct--and yes, they were!!
We chatted and ate and drank and then chatted and ate and
drank some more, ensuring a delightful evening, to round off a
really splendid day.
After a restful nights beauty sleep (well, beauty for some!!)we
made the short journey to Painscastle where Joy and Whisper
were waiting to lead us on the remote rolling hills in deepest
Radnorshire.The weather was cloudier and hazy but we could
still clearly see the outline of the complete range of the Brecon
Joy led us this way and that, pointing out interesting places
and facts, relating to this area, which was new to most of us.
We even passed a place called Ireland without crossing any water.
We seemed to finish the walk in double quick time and some of
us celebrated the fantastic weekend with drinks in the local
pub, with some feeling they could deservedly partake in the
delicious desserts that were on offer--yummy!!!
Thanks to Joy for her time in sussing this lovely walk and to
everyone who supported this event and made it so
Many thanks too to those who took the trouble to
thank me for my hard work.
After all my planning its a real joy to be a part of such a
great group of people, appreciating and enjoying the Great Outdoors.
All agreed Hay has such a lovely feel to it and lots to offer.
I'm sure many will be making return visits.