Boxing Day Walk.

Walkers outside Creigiau Inn


t is that time of year again where Creigiau’s great community spirit can be seen in abundance, with Creigiau 23 playing a big part with the annual Boxing Day Walk.

The walk which started in the 70’s as an amble through the countryside by the committee of the day, has now become a cornerstone of village Christmas activities.

As always it provided a good opportunity to get out in the fresh air and stretch your legs, burn off some Christmas pud, show off your new Christmas jumper or just get away from the Out In-Laws. !!

As the years go by, it is becoming an increasingly more difficult task to look for new or different routes. This year was no exception, indeed the Chairman was spotted many times in November and December walking the surrounding fields. However, despite blackmail attempts, the route is a closely guarded secret and not revealed until the very last minute.

With all the rain leading up to Boxing Day, conditions were particularly boggy underfoot, so villagers could be forgiving for not coming along. However, we were not disapponted with over 310 joining us.

The route left the village along Heol Pant Y Gored , before turning left into the fields along the ‘The Big Dipper’. As the masses started to spread out, the lead walkers braced themselves for the climb towards Pentyrch.

The WoodsThe Pit Stop

A brief sojourn through the streets before making their way back down Ty’n y Coed Road before cutting into the woods down towards the Pitstop. This gave everybody an opportunity for either a rest or the opportunity to mingle with the other walkers.

As you can imagine, the mulled wine was well received and the mince pies, pop and crisps were an excellent accompaniment.

The Pit StopThe Pit Stop

After a short stop, off set the advanced party, on their final push along the old railway track towards Creigiau. The walk this year was slightly longer than average at over 4 and ¼ Miles, it was true that many at this stage many were starting to flag a bit and were glad to see the 'The Inn'.

As usual once back at Creigiau, it gave everybody further opportunity to chat with friends and neighbours.

All good things have to come to an end though, and home we went for tea or was it supper at this stage.

Have a look at some more photos from the walk and thanks to Tom Burns for supplying them.

I am sure you would like to join me in thanking Sarah and Debbie for being our hostesses at the Pit-Stop, as well as the committee, stewards and everyone else who helped.

And finally,

Season's Greetings to you all from everybody at Creigiau 23.


Posted on December 27th 2013