Saturday, 4 November 2017

2 November 2017 – Castells Arch

17 of us for today’s walk, the largest group so far this year

The larger group makes it more difficult for David to lead
But he was well supported by his trusty back marker – me!
It was nice to welcome Kevin and Sue back after their summer break
We were also pleased to welcome Helen’s husband Gareth for his first walk with the group

We were fortunate to have yet another sunny and warm day
Though as always the temperatures were slightly lower at Castells than in Parcent
Jan and David share a welcome banana stop
There are a lot of impressive views on this walk, but none better than at the mirado
The extension to the Arch is optional, but everyone wanted to do it today
Alan had a nasty fall just before this photo was taken.  Fortunately no injuries, other than a few scratches.  But he is now a confirmed convert to walking sticks.
What a difference from the dull and wet conditions of our last visit to the arch
Only Colin, Kevin, Gareth and Sue wanted to stand in the arch itself
David opted for a new track back which avoided the scramble over rocks
It was warm enough today to use our preferred picnic lunch spot
With views like this it is not surprising that Castells is our favourite walking area
The return journey to Castells is mostly flat or downhill
David allowed more water stops than usual for everyone to close up
Great to have such a good turnout, though we would not really want a much larger group

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