Local walks: DeeDee’s in Champagne Fontaine

If one is to go on a walk, there should be a purpose to that walk. It might be to get a different destination, to see a particular attraction, or to test ones fitness, but there should always be a goal.

One of my favourite reasons for going for a walk is to blow away the cobwebs after a big night, ideally with a hair of the dog at the end.

We did just that over the Easter holidays. My dear friend Glyn, who I have known for more years than I care to think about, came to visit with his girlfriend Gemma.

His trip coincided with that of another old friend, Becky, and her family. Neither Glyn or I had seen Becky for about 20 years, so there was much catching up to do. Over lots of wine and cheese, of course.

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Almost 30 years of friendship! Gah, how did I get to be that old!

Consequently, the next morning there were a few sore heads (here I shall make a smug face and say that for once I was not one of them as I had been very well behaved). While the others stayed in bed and groaned, Glyn, Gemma and I went wandering.

We set ourselves a goal – to walk the 7km to DeeDee’s bar in Champagne Fontaine and drink beer in the sunshine. DeeDee is a lovely old lady, edging towards her centenary I would say, who runs a cute little bar out of her lounge. And she serves cold, golden beer, out of a tap – just the refreshment you need after walking off a hangover.

IMG-20170417-WA0003And a great walk it was too. It took us past Donkey, up onto to the top road that offers sweeping views of the countryside. Then off-road for a bit, alongside a small turquoise lake and small woodland, before bringing us out by the chateau in the village.

20170415_150223A few cheeky beers later, we set off on the way back – this time sticking to the main road, but the views were still lovely, and we managed to see a cheeky coypu sunning himself by a pond. Happy days!

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