Saint Patrick's Way

Saint Patrick Gaiters Our walk in Saint Patrick's footsteps was blessed with a beautiful walking day. We had been warned that the path could be exceptionally wet and muddy. Everyone was advised to wear gaiters and an exceptionally fine pair is modelled on the right by one of our newer members.

What I hadn't spotted on the day was a slight breach of the walkers' dress code; the strap should be worn under the arch of the foot rather than under the heel where the strap reduces grip and suffers increased wear. But this minor infringement can be forgiven as the model was so cooperative in allowing the photograph to be taken.

As the walk progressed it seemed that the gaiters might not be required as we didn't experience any difficult or muddy conditions in the early stages - and the author (who hadn't done this walk before) was more than a little embarrassed.


Saint Patrick's Way
Saint Patrick's Way
mostly dry for a change.
Reuben returns
Great to have Reuben back
leading the walk.
Crossing the river
Wall Pennywort or
navelwort in wall
bleached by lichens.
Primroses
Primroses confirm that
spring is here!

Now where?
Now where?
Get a hat; get ahead!
Get a hat; get ahead!
Down but not beaten
Down but not beaten
Saul Church
The church at Saul
viewed from graveyard.

Our walk had started in the car park beside Saint Patrick's mountain on which has been erected a statue in his memory - regrettably, we were unable to visit the site because of ongoing ground works which presumably were in preparation for the crowds expected on 17th March. After our walk finished, some of us retired to "Paddy's Barn" in Saul for some refreshment, a pleasant cup of tea in my case. And before we left for home, we made a short visit to the site of the church (left) where Saint Patrick's prayer meetings were held.