Pauline’s second Meet as Leader and for the second time it is a November walk which means all planning can be wrecked by bad weather – it also means a week of forecast watching, trying to decide what might be realistic on the day. Having decided, last weekend, that the original first half was too ambitious was a good decision except that it might mean a sheltered spot for lunch could be difficult. Despite all the forecasts the day started a bit damp and gloomy but improved throughout and ended in golden sunshine.
According to Wikipedia a Holly Well or Sacred Spring is a small body of water emerging from an underground source and revered in either a Pagan or Christian context although it may often refer to a water source of some significance in local folklore. While Hollinshead Hall probably takes its name from the family name there is evidence of settlement of Saxon/Viking origin and it may be that Hollinshead is a corruption of Holy Well instead.