Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit
Six members met at Brannon Way car park and then travelled to Newchurch, courtesy of Wendy and Elizabeth. Esme met us at Newchurch car park. We then descended The Shute, admiring gardens en route, crossed Langbridge that spans the River Yar to join the cycle track. Here, we turned left and made our way towards Horringford. Pedlars cafe was open but we did not partake on this occasion. We left the cycle track by turning left up a track to Wacklands Farm, bypassing the puddles the best we could. From Wackland Farm, we followed Wacklands Lane to Winford Road and then turned left again and followed this road to All Saints Churchyard, admiring gardens again en route.
The walk was intended as a snowdrop walk but we were too late for the snowdrops this year, although there were some left. There were also some crocuses but it was the daffodils that stole the show this year. In the past, when we’ve done this walk a bit earlier in February to see the masses of snowdrops, there have only been some daffodils out. This year, it was the other way around – it made a nice change, to be honest!!
After admiring the flora in the churchyard, we made our way back to the cars and then made our way to the cafe in Thompsons Garden Centre for lunch. Margaret had an appointment in the morning and so was unable to come on the amble but she joined us for lunch. After lunch, we had a wander around the garden centre and Mary bought an obelisk for her garden. We then returned to Wootton.