A small group braved low temperatures, threatening cloud and persistent drizzle on Sunday for FOBIF’s August walk in Walmer. The weather looked worse than it really was, however, and the walk proved a pleasant stroll through mist barely strong enough to dampen the face. What’s more, leader Paul Hampton organised things superbly so that the last half hour was in brilliant sunshine: and only as walkers got into their cars at the very end did the skies open for a bit of a downpour.
The thick mist did obscure some of the brilliant views to be had from the hills in this part of Muckleford, but there was plenty to see close to hand: Leopard Orchids, Caladenias, fields of Early Nancy, Hovea in flower, and carpets of moss and coral lichen. Paul also provided some fascinating insights into the social and ecological history of the area.
September’s walk will be a ramble on The Monk, led by Elaine Bayes and Damien Cook. Check the walks program for details.