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Cheddar/Wells/Bristol weekend away

The West Wales group always has a weekend away at the end of March unless it is Easter weekend.

This year Al and Paul from the Somerset group, decided to have a combined event at Cheddar/Wells and Bristol.

6 people assembled for the Friday afternoon walk at Cheddar which was walked in lovely warm sunshine.

There was a steep ascent to start where we all took turns huffing and puffing!!Eventually we got to the top where the path was undulating. We had great views of the gorge and across to the path which would be further on, on our walk.

I had reccied the route in January when it was very muddy and I slipped and slithered around for almost the entire walk but luckily it had now dried out and seemed a very different walking surface.

We eventually descended to Black Rock and then crossed the road and went up onto the other side.

We stopped for a snack and drink in the lovely sunshine, taking in the views of the gorge and of Cheddar reservoir in the distance.It was then downhill for a while before we arrived at the lookout tower--see photo.

Most --except Al--climbed the very open metal tower and I did hear remarks of "oh this is higher than I thought"

Without any mishaps we then climbed down Jacob's ladder and went in search of a tea shop to finish off a lovely afternoons walk.

Paul will write a report on the Saturday walk at Ebbor gorge and Wells.

On Sunday 12 of us assembled in the centre of Bristol.

From my kitchen at home, I had located some places on an OS map that I would like included in this walk, and duly sent a long list of instructions to Paul, who was leading this walk. Full marks to him, as he managed to include all that I asked, and this turned into a great walk to end a really lovely weekend.

We proceeded from Bristol Cathedral to the harbourside where Paul gave us a bit of a talk about the history and then from the SS Great Britain museum we hopped on a water taxi to get to the other side of course!! We continued our walk towards Leigh Woods, where a steep track took us up to the road and eventually onto the Clifton suspension bridge, something I'd wanted to walk over for a long time.

Over we went getting great views in all directions as we crossed and then on the other side we had an hours lunch break to explore the area.

After lunch it was on to Cabots tower where some ascended for a birds eye view of the surrounding area before we made our way back to the centre of Bristol and for some well earned refreshments in a local hostelry.

Many thanks to everyone who came and made this weekend one to remember.

Big thanks go to Paul for all his hard work in putting this together and for Alan and Ben the South Wales coordinators for their much appreciated support.

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