Aberthin Circular – Sunday 17th June 2012

This delightful 8 miles (G2) circular walk around the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan was lead by John Moore – YES! JOHN MOORE, ably assisted by Bill.

We left Cowbridge Town Hall Car Park promptly at 9.30am after a stirring speech by our leader and off we set in the direction of Cowbridge Comprehensive School.  The weather was perfect for walking and after the deluge of the past few days, the sun was a welcome sight.  Wild flowers were in abundance and one highlight was watching a buzzard being bombarded by a couple of crows.

The going underfoot was pretty good, despite the recent rain, although a little soggy in parts.  We walked at a steady pace, in view of  John’s recent tumble at Cwm Darren Park resulting in a torn hamstring.  He soldiered on bravely!

We walked through Trerhyngyll, stopped at the bus stop at Maendy for tea break, then walked on through Hensol Forest, round the quiet waters of Pysgodlyn Mawr where fishermen were patiently waitnig for a bite and the water lillies were just about to burst into bloom.

Before we arrived at Welsh St Donats we walked through fields with the most spectacular marsh thistles.  Lunch was at the lovely church in this beautiful village, then it was downhill all the way, via a field with a couple of noisy llamas (alpacas?) to Aberthin.

Here we parted ways with John, who had walked over 6 miles, then it was an amble back to the cars and a refreshment in a local holstelry in Cowbridge.

John, freshly showered, suited and booted joined us and enjoyed a birthday drink.

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