Mileaters on Tour: ...and look what happened after we left!
Well, it actually happened; after all the uncertainties surrounding Covid and the trials & tribulations endured by Mark, our organiser, over the last 6 months in his negotiations with our hotel, 18 Mileaters and assorted canine companions managed to gather at Oxwich Bay on The Gower in South Wales.
Over the next 3 days, 3 good walks gave us a sample of the fine countryside and glorious coastal scenery that The Gower has to offer - not to mention the inside of gorse bushes, rickety stiles, and encounters with brambles and streams. Who was it who said "I'm sure the map shows the path goes this way?"
Our Day 1 afternoon walk enjoyed fine sunshine as we visited Oxwich Point and Oxwich Castle, even if the 400 foot climb up steep steps near the start came as a rude awakening to all, even the fitter ones amongst us. Day 2 and more coastal delights from Rhossili before lunching on The Beacon, with grand views over Worms Head and Rhossili Bay. A 3 mile extension for some ended in a sprained ankle for one, who had been concentrating on discussing "Endowment" policies or something similar, rather than safely negotiating the steep descent ! No names, no pack drill. Day 3 brought a walk along the beach before climbing Cefn Bryn for more wonderful views across the peninsula and to Lundy and the Devon Coast to the south. Here more joined us for the "essentially downhill" return journey to our hotel. Well, it looked straightforward on the map, and that's all I'm saying. But we did get back safely after our 8 mile circuit, and the rain held off until we had finished our celebratory cuppa.
Although the omens had not been good, we were all so looking forward to getting away for a break, that we were determined to make it work, and it did. The hotel's 4 metre table rule at meal times did make for some boisterous cross-restaurant banter however. Some intrepid souls did even venture into the sea, but as the tide was out that involved 1/2 mile out and back!
And did The Gower recover from our visit ? I think not, as it is now in extended lockdown. Timing is everything.
Finally, a big "thank you" again to Mark for all his patience in organising such an enjoyable and well needed staycation.