This morning's walk was through the plantation at the South Barrule Forest Park, as we thought that would be more sheltered from today's gusty winds. It was a lovely sunny morning but certainly breezy!
We met at our usual spot at the car park in the village of St Johns and one of our group then drove three of us up to the Forest Park car park, as there is limited parking space so one car would be better than four. The fifth member of our group was already there waiting so we set off straight away.
The plantation is named for the nearby hill, South Barrule, one of the most prominent of the Island’s southern hills. The word Barrule comes from Wardfell, the hill of the ward or watch where men were stationed, day and night to watch for invading ships.
It was a reasonably flat walk through the trees but quite muddy in places after our recent heavy rain.
The plantation is very popular with walkers, mountain bikers, dog walkers and horse riders so it was quite busy there today, being a sunny Sunday.
How come it was only men who looked out for invading ships? I suppose women would have been too busy munching cake, swigging coffee and talking about "The Great British Bake Off".ReplyDelete
You have a great social life JayCee. Enjoy your dinner.ReplyDelete
Thanks Dave. It's all go here!Delete
No solo walking for you then. I don't care so long as there's coffee at the end,ReplyDelete
I need them to drag me off the sofa and get out there.Delete
There is always coffee at the end when we walk together.
Sounds like a Nescafe commercial. Hikers on the moors. They end up by a roaring fire. They smile as they cradle their steaming mugs and a soothing voice comes in with hints of Liverpool, New Zealand and The Isle of Lewis..."So long as there's coffee at the end... Ahhhh! Nescafe!"Delete
Nescafe??? Sorry but only the good stuff will do for us sophisticated hikers YP.Delete
Coffee and cake and a birthday dinner. Sounds good to meReplyDelete
Bang goes the diet for another week.Delete
Coffee tea cake - CTC. The initials associated with my former cycling group. We'd go nowhere that didn't involve a good morning tea. I was amazed to learn how many good cafes and tearooms lurk about the backroads and by roads of Hampshire and West Sussex. The exercise is just a beneficial by-product of being sociable while getting to a good watering hole. Glad you enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
Yes, there is a local cycling group here that do the infamous "scone run" each Sunday morning. They cycle 30 miles or so and then end up somewhere for scones and coffee or tea. Makes all that exercise worth while.Delete
And a good time was enjoyed by all!ReplyDelete
I’m experimenting with a new browser in the hope I can comment ......I’ve missed saying Hello....hopefully this will work.
It works! Welcome Cathy. I have been reading your blog too but still have a few problems commenting on yours.Delete
No cafes for us here at the moment but we still gather a few times a week to socialize. The colder weather will put a stop to that soon, though!ReplyDelete
More incentive for hot drinks!Delete
Why I could be easily talked into a hour and a half walk as long as there was good coffee at the end!ReplyDelete
It was very good coffee!Delete