The second of September started out dull and grey as 24 people gathered outside the Codsall railway station ticket office, now a trendy bar and restaurant befitting the affluence of the area. We were pleased to welcome five new faces, three of them completely new to GOC. It was also notable that two of the participants were able to access the walk by train. As we set off the clouds began to disperse and the sun made an appearance, making the need for wet-weather gear less likely.
The walk itself was not spectacular in the sense that there were no great heights to be scaled or World Heritage sights to be viewed, but it was an opportunity to get out into a typical English landscape with wide panoramas and views across to the Black Country and into Shropshire. It turned out to be a nostalgia trip for one of our walkers as we passed a house where his auntie used to live. Cows, horses, woods, large houses and trains also featured on this walk. By the end of the day we were in glorious sunshine as the parish church of Codsall, perched on a prominent hill, hove into view.
Our walk was completed with a trip to a swanky new artisan bakery and coffee shop where we undid all the benefits of exercise with tea and cakes.