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Tuesday 18th February 2014
The annual Wessex Wanderers Railway Walks get together took place at the market town of Castle Cary and was very well organised by Sylvia (a leader from the Avon Area of the Ramblers Association).
A good start to the day as the trains arrived on time in both directions at around 10.00 am. Sylvia then described where the walk was due to go – in all 15 people came on the walk, whilst the others ether went to find a cup of coffee somewhere in Caste Cary or arrived later.
The walk was about 4 miles long and in glorious weather, with some mud in places with the torrential rain fall that has occurred over the last few weeks and months. The walk went uphill from the station following the Monarchs Way to Lower Ansford and the outskirts of Castle Cary to South Cary and the Macmillan Way West to Cockhill and to Abbey Cottages and up to the view point at Lodge Hill (a height of 154 metres above sea level) before dropping downhill back to Castel Cary for lunch at 1 pm.
Lunch was provided at the White Hart pub, and there were around 28 in all for lunch, and whilst we were waiting for lunch to be served there was a quiz, and this was to see how observant people were on stations up and down the line – questions such as, how many stations are request stops and list them in order of either North to South or South to North and there were about 30 questions.
Lunch was then served and the main course was a nut roast or roast beef and vegetables and a choice of deserts, of apple crumble with custard or cream, rice pudding, or sticky toffee pudding. A very nice lunch was had by all.
Answers to the quiz were given and prizes given out for this (Norman from Yeovil with 27 points) and for the work during the previous season of 2014.
The rest of the afternoon was left free until the trains’ home t just after 4 pm (16.09 to Weymouth and 16.10 towards Bristol Temple Meads) so the timings for going home were brilliant and again the trains were on time.
A very well organised day and thanks goes to Sylvia for all her hard work in organising the day and for those who enjoyed the day an excellent start to the New Year (rather belated but of course it is always a good start to what is a dull time of year) and of course a leader is always responsible for organising the weather too, however good or bad, even though some things are beyond peoples control.
The link for the photographs for the day are below
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