SYC Marchs Walk to Wistman's Wood
Published 11:24 on 6 Mar 2020
Our group of eight intrepid walkers gathered in the lounge of the Two Bridges Hotel from about 10:00 hrs on 4 March. After excellent coffees, mochas, hot chocolate and various pastries we set out at about 11:00 hrs. The weather was mizzly but forecast to improve.
The group, plus canine supporters, followed a good track for the first quarter-of-a-mile. Unfortunately, this changed abruptly into a soft fell path with stepping stones across the wettest areas. We were soon at the wood and felt it was time for a group photo. Entering the wood, we carefully stepped our way over and around the moss-covered boulders. The ancient trees with their twisted mossy trunks and branches festooned with lichen created an eerie, timeless atmosphere.
The going in the wood was quite tricky so it wasnt long before the group moved up the hillside and re-joined the path above. The northern end of the wood marked the waypoint to turn further uphill. We ascended a moderate incline to the ridge and tors that would lead back to the original track and the hotel. Visibility was so poor along the ridge that it was hard to spot each tor as we progressed along the paths but with the help of a hand-bearing compass we were able to stay on track.
When the group arrived at the hotel the walk leader required another group photo to prove that everybody, including dogs (muddy and bedraggled), had returned safely. After stripping off muddy boots and wet jackets the walkers felt that a drink and lunch was in order.
The hotel served excellent food, the conversation and humour were good too. The only time that it actually rained was when we were in the hotel, although some of the mizzle had been quite heavy!
Club members that werent able to join the walk missed a good day out. Sensible footwear and warm, waterproof protective clothing made the poor weather and ground conditions minor considerations.
The next walk is on Friday 3 April. Please keep an eye on the calendar and newsletter for more information.
Report by A T Leonard
Last updated 11:26 on 6 March 2020