|Dinner on Saturday evening was followed by live entertainment, featuring ‘Muddyboots’, a group of six mature and talented musicians including Bob Eckersley, our Clwydian Walking Holidays’ leader and also including Brian Locking (bass guitarist and occasional harmonica player for “The Shadows” in 1962 –3). A thoroughly enjoyable evening of 60’s style music with vocals, and rock and roll music, which brought many of our walking group on to the dance floor demonstrating lots of interesting dance steps - particularly from Ray Barratt, who later confessed he was suffering from cramp. And where did those young ladies sounding kazoos come from?|
|SUNDAY 8th JULY
It was another warm sunny morning, but with the threat of some heavy showers, as 26 walkers set off in the minibuses to be transported to a lay-by just south of Llanferres, for the start of a 4½ mile walk that felt like 6. This walk began with a long gradual climb heading west up towards Fron Hen before turning sharply to the northeast on a very muddy track through the woods back towards Llanferres. The route then continued through fields and over a number of ladder stiles to a steep lane, which took us to the old lead mining village of Maeshafn. Here our leaders were waiting with a welcome cup of coffee or tea and the offer of transport back to the hotel for those who felt they had walked far enough.
|This was the first time that our Walking Group Leader Walter Mason had used a walking holiday company to organise accommodation, provide transport to and from the walks, provide packed lunches and to lead the walks. Members I spoke to were generally of the opinion that the Clwydian Walking Holiday Company had done well in coping with dreadful weather conditions on Friday, when they were forced to replace a walk with a guided tour of St Asaph Cathedral. They were praised for the choice of the walk on Saturday, the transportation arrangements, the quality of the musical and other entertainment plus the ample packed lunches they provided.|