First Training Walk of 2013 – got the guys together for the first time this year for a quick circuit around Long Mynd.
Strong winds but clear skies greeted us in the car park at deaths waiting room, otherwise known as Church Stretton. Paid my parking fees but didnt realise 50p had been rejected so not enough time on the card. Dont trust these car parks so had to pay again…bummer…and it would have been a squid cheaper to pay the NT…oh well.
This was my first ‘proper’ walk with the GOLITE Jam 50L pack so I was keen to load it up a little and see how it fared.
Set off via The Burway then down into Carding Mill Valley to pick up Jack Myttons Way (Read about mad jack here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mytton)
Carding Mill Valley
We took the path left up towards Lightspout Waterfall and didnt linger long as we were eager to get back into what sun there was up above.
Path to Lightspout
We trudged on to pick up the well trodden path up to The shooting box @ SO421953, then kept heading west until we found the trig point at Pole Bank (The highest point on the Long Mynd is Pole Bank at a height of 516 m (1,693 ft))
From Pole Bank we headed back to the road and towards Boiling Well spring to pick up the boggy path down into Ashes Hollow.
We stopped by one of the many wizzended hawthorn trees and had our spot of lunch while the sheep looked on nervously and wild ponies wandered by.
Mostly downhill from now on with the path very boggy after the recent heavy snow had melted. We chatted and planned our 2013 in the hills, and looked to further afield as we are planning a trek along the Lycian Way in Turkey later this year.
Before long we were in the camping site at Ashes Hollow and then into the pub for a few well earned pints.
The Golite Jam was very comfortable and I cant wait to load it up properly and try out the DD Tarp on a night (or two) out.
Quite an easy start to 2013 but we were all knackered after Xmas excesses. Ive been wild camping, mountaineering, bivvying, drinking, walking with these guys for 40 years now and every day is a pleasure. Long my it continue.
See the OS Getamap route below.