We couldn't have asked for a better day! 11 of us met at Clayton Vale at
It was cold and sunny and the grass around the main paths was covered in
frost. A great day for walking. Before setting off we visited the "Friends
of Clayton Vale" visitor's centre which as well as providing hot tea and
coffee (always a welcome sight for travellers) provided us with a history
of the vale in newspaper clippings and black and white postcards, to the
present day.It also contained a book on the history of
Baron Orlov,the meerkat from the TV commercials
(which is why he appears on this page!).
We took the main path through the vale and some of the group who had explored
Clayton Vale growing up spoke of how much the vale had changed over the
intervening years. It was well stocked now with trees and the banks of the
river had been sculptured with new retainer walls, walkway and bicycle paths.
Several ponds were seen along the way with one being dredged to remove a
lot of sludge which had gathered at the bottom.
The journey itself was about 1.5 miles there and 1.5 miles back again. On
the outward journey we took the lower pathway through the vale and our return
journey through the upper pathway. We visited Philip's Park Cemetery and
then turned on to Bank Road where some reminiscing continued about now demolished
cooling towers, community scrub houses and the once beautiful site of thousands
of tulips in designed flower beds on site.
At the pond area we stopped off for lunch (and a group photograph) with the
All in all it was a lovely invigorating walk with many happy memories captured
in the group.