I am ashamed to say that in all the years that Iain and I have lived in this area this is the first time we have ventured up the Sugar Loaf – so named as it looks like an old fashioned sugar loaf especially when it has been snowing. I suppose when you live near something and see it on a day-to-day basis one tends to take things for granted. On this occasion we had planned a quite different walk but circumstances encouraged us to re-think our day.
It was not so very long ago that the thought of walking to Symonds Yat was out of the question. Now I am quite proud to say I am using this walk as a warm up to get back into the habit of regular exercise after having had some time off over the Seasonal Holidays.
Part three of our journey along the famous Offa’s Dyke foot path, and on this occasion we had our youngest daughter, who is much better at taking photos than me, along with us.
Not content with our last walk and seeing as we were having unseasonably good weather – if anyone told me that I would be walking in the Black Mountains in the middle of October in lightweight walking trousers and a sleeveless T-shirt I would have laughed at them! – Here we were up in the glorious countryside again, soaking up the sun! This walk proved to be harder than the first partly because we got our preparations wrong; we both underestimated the temperature and did not equip ourselves correctly. Hence my tip in the last article to make sure you take plenty of water.