Swansea Ramblers Walk
Coach Trip and Social
Gloucester Docks and Robinswood Hill
12th August 2023
Leader: Andrew Morgan
Swansea Ramblers had another social event this month.
Our social committee hired a coach for us to go to Gloucester for the day.
Forty of us visited the historic docklands which has been rejuvenated as a shopping and dining area.
Some of us were dropped off at the docks while 25 of us continue by coach to Robinswood Country Park to do a short walk to the summit of the hill for 360 degree views over the area.
The annual Hillfest was being held today and we started as a Eukele Band began to play.
We could see The Malvern Hills and the Cotswold Ridge but the Severn Bridges were shrouded in mist and rain which threatened to come further north.
In the event, we only had a few drops of rain.
The walk remained dry for the entire time.
Following the walk, the coach returned us to the docks so we also could wander around the shops and have a meal in one of the dockside restaurants.
Some went into town to see the cathedral.
At least 12 of us had a meal at 'Greek on the Docks'.
Now that's the way to end a walk!
Thank you social team
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Leader Andrew Morgan
Because of the Hillfest, we had to park outside the country park
The weather on the way had been gloomy and threatening rain but now the sun was out.
A Eukele Band struck up as we set off
We begin the ascent from the visitor centre
And are soon in the quiet of the countryside
A few undulating paths gradually take us uphill
The park has so many different paths to enjoy
The climb got a bit steeper so we had a tea stop and admired the view
Quedgeley below us and further into the distance, the Severn Estuary
Refreshed, we restart the climb
And reach the top
Where you can have 360 degree views
Reached the Trig Point and The Jubilee Beacon
But to the right, The Malverns have disappeared in the rain
Still dry here so time for a break
But then we saw the rain approaching quickly from the Severn
And a few spots began to fall
So a quick group photo before packing up and descending
Starting the descent
The rain came to nothing but the wind became stronger
As Myra found when her hat blew off
But the rain never came
It stayed dry for the rest of the walk
We saw wooden sculptures along the way
This isn't a real well
Somebody dropped a brick?
These are wooden carvings representing local industry
And the Beacon wasn't missed out
Down at last
Back to the Hillfest before getting on the coach to Gloucester Docks
Photograph copyright A. Broady
Of course, some drama Queens just went straight to Gloucester instead of the walk!
Photograph copyright R. Morris
Then went for an Italian meal on the docks
Some of us more hardy walkers went around the corner to 'Greek on the Docks'
Photograph copyright R. Morris
Another great day out arranged by our social committee
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Andrew Morgan 2023
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