Three Martinstonian dogs and their nineteen mile-eating companions enjoyed three days of sunshine and clear September skies at the Northfield Hotel located in the quiet and charming outskirts of Minehead, on the edge of Exmoor. We enjoyed the beautiful garden and terrace and the braver of us made good use of the indoor pool and the temperamental jacuzzi. But of course we were there primarily for the walking.
Our thanks must go to whoever we believe organised the weather and all the more to Nick whom we know devised and led the walks. This year he had to do that without face to face knowledge of the area relying on his skill and perseverance. Nick created walks that were varied, taking in woods, dramatic cliff views, open countryside. They included Dunster, Selworthy Beacon and Selworthy village, and the remnants of Burgundy chapel just (deeply) off the coastal path. As we have come to expect, he built in flexibility to cater for different needs and capacities; and as always he led with quiet authority and good humour.
An unusual addition to a Mileaters’ holiday, afternoon hotel tea, was appreciated. Even those initially sceptical were seen tucking into the scones and cake. And it afforded the opportunity to celebrate Louisa’s birthday. She seems to be making a habit of having her birthday in September, the traditional month for these annual excursions.