Russ has led our November walk for some years now and he always manages to summon up dry weather.The forecast earlier in the week had been for showers all day but a little hocus pocus from Russ, plus a sprinkling of fairy dust and a (no ) rain dance/Strictly strut around his lounge brought the desired effect, a lovely dry autumn day.
The route he had chosen starting in Gowerton was lovely and even locals found themselves in some areas they hadn't walked around before.
After one aborted attempt, Russ had reccied this walk all by himself, a major achievement and one that was going to turn into a treat for all of us.
We would venture into about four different woodlands on this walk all feasting the eye some fabulous autumn colours.
We started on the cycle path and Russ showed us the orange stained water, a relic from past workings, in particular a local brick works which we passed on route.
At Dunvant we took a lovely path into some beautiful woodland and we joined a local walking trail called The Gower Way.
We crossed a road and into a field of horses who were very interested in the trspassers.
They surrounded us, with two horses in particular trying to sandwich one of two of our group in between them. Eventually when they could see we didn;t have any treats for them they lost interest and we carried on through the very lumpy, uneven field where we entered another woodlad and very soon came to the golf course.
We skirted the greens and came to some more woods emerging to walk down the drive of a very impressive big house.
A short walk along the road took us onto the Wales coast path and we sat high up in a field to eat our lunch with fantastic views down over the Loughor estuary and with two lovely donkeys watching our every mouthful from the adjoining field.
After lunch we continued on the coast path and then a short stretch on the pavement back to our starting point.
This was a really lovely walk with some beautiful autumn colours and views galore.
Many thanks to the people who came and supported this last fiull walk of the year.
A big thank you to Russ for choosing this lovely walk and I hope he is already working on his hocus pocus for a dry day next November.