May Day Walk

The traditional May Day Walk took place this year around rolling wooded countryside near Fontaine Guérin. Eighteen members and friends plus a dog gathered at the start of the walk and set off at a brisk pace gradually slowing down as the path became steeper. This gave us time to admire the surrounding countryside and woodland. The route took us past beautiful, traditional meadows, the long grass full of wild flowers like buttercups, sorrel and meadow saxifrage, before we entered dense woodland where young bracken fronds and Solomon’s seal announced that summer is rapidly approaching.

Walking party

Only the song of the birds told us we weren’t alone. The woods were criss-crossed with pathways leading off in different directions and we understood why our trusted guide, Tony Oakley, had warned us not to stray from his carefully planned route. The weather was kind to the walkers and although somewhat wet underfoot, the rain kept off for the duration. All too soon the 8 kilometres was covered and we found ourselves back at the starting point.


A short drive away was our picnic spot beside a lake on the outskirts of Fontaine Guérin where we were joined by several more members and friends for lunch. But first things first, and in true style, Tony offered each of us a glass of bubbles as an aperitif. The picnic table was laid with a cloth and decorated with a traditional May Day bunch of lily of the valley to ensure all present have a very happy summer.

All too soon it was time to leave. Thank you Tony, once again, for a memorable May Day Walk!