Gay Outdoor Club
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Hay on Wye--weekend away

24 Apr 2015 | West Wales Group

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

2015.

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

Wye.

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

Beacons.

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

enjoyable.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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