YHA Weekend in Cheddar 20-22 March 2015

We were in sunny Somerset four our annual Youth Hostel weekend. 20 Polyramblers arrived in Cheddar yesterday after a pleasant journey by train and bus. Nice and comfortable hostel. We had tea and cake and our food supplies were delivered by Tesco (ordered on-line by Danny. We did a walk around Cheddar and had a nice meal at the Riverside Inn. In the morning, we had cooked breakfast prepared by group B. Then an 11 mile walk along the Strawberry Line to Axbridge and up to the Mendip Hills to Crook Peak. Late lunch in Cross at the New Inn. Back along the Cheddar Reservoir in glorious sunshine. We ate a delicious meal cooked by group A: chilli, one with meat, one veggie, one with no onions and one without tomatoes. Then 3 choices of dessert.
We had another cooked breakfast on the Sunday morning, this time cooked by group C. After tidying up, we went for a 5 mile walk in and around the Cheddar Gorge. It was grey and cold at first but later, there was a bright sunshine. We climbed steeply on the North side of the gorge and walked around the ridge to Piney Sleight where we came down before going up again to walk on the south side where the view was amazing. We came down Jacob’s Ladder (274 steps) and had a Sunday roast with local cider before going back to London.

Dominique

Sunday 8th March. Marlow to Cookham.

An impressive 24 were out, surely a sign that spring has sprung. Especially good to have Ingrid and Tony along, of whom who we have seen all too little recently. We had a pleasant stroll along the towpath downstream from Marlow as far a Bourne End where we crossed over the railway bridge, for lunch at the Bounty. How refreshing to see a sign welcoming dogs, children and muddy boots. We took the towpath upstream before turning  up and over a low ridge and down to Cookham. En route we called into the church at Cookham Dean with its painting by Stanley Spencer. A modest walk at 7 miles, but most enjoyable. Thanks Dan