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Pilgrims Way Easter 2017

Pilgrims Way Easter 2017

Tue 25th April 2017

A bright but windy morning greeted the group as we assembled at the Barn at Beal.  After a short safety brief about walking along the causeway road.  We were off following a cycle track down to the start of the causeway.  Being a bank holiday weekend a constant stream of traffic was heading for the Island making the crossing of the single track road bridge interesting.

Once across we stepped down on to the sand/slime and started to head for the first of many poles showing the way across the sands.  Within yards we had splodged through the first of many pools and streamlets.  With the wind on our backs the going was reasonable and made even better by the fact Mike found it difficult to witter above the sound of the wind.  

Some were Mike directed us away from the poles which lead you through a very slimy boggy marshy stretch.  After a while mike redirected us back to the poles and eventually as we neared the Island we had to cross two stretches of fairly fast running water.  On reaching the Holy Island the next priority was shelter from the wind so we could have lunch.  Some braved the crowds to find a coffee and comfort stop.  A couple of us found some shelter behind the carpark wall (we saw a swallow).

After about 30min or so a couple decided to head back along the pilgrims way, a short time later another couple decided to head back, then some others decided to head back.  Eventually Mike started back with the last of the group.  The walk back was straight into the cold wind and it became a head down and just plod on.

Once back on the mainland some shelter from the wind was given by the hedges but it was up hill all the way back to Beal.  A coffee and cake plus a rest room proved to be was need before heading home.


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