Hurst Green 10-01-2018 Leader Roy

Hurst Green 10-01-2018 Leader Roy

Against all the odds, the weather today was extremely pleasant – dry, unseasonably warm, but a bit misty for some of the time, so the lovely rolling views that we might have seen were not in evidence, which was a shame.  There is some dispute about whether we had 26 or 27 on the walk today.  Various people counted 27 on a number of occasions during the walk, and became worried when they could only count 26.  Yet the start photo – on which you can even see Ann (hiding behind Dougie) – only shows 25, giving 26 when photographer Mark is added in.  So, who is missing??

The area covered today was perfect for one of Roy’s favourite agricultural ambles, with lots of fields and farms, and mud, and stiles.  In fact, Paul counted 44 stiles, including the rail type stiles at the ends of footbridges, and Roy didn’t disagree with that number.  We fondly call Roy ‘the stile guru’, but Paul gave him another nickname today: Nobby!  Think about it.  Talking of mud, today I invented what I believe is a new acronym – MUDDY, as in Much Underfoot Dampness During Yomping!  (Yomp, in Army terminology, means ‘Your Own Marching Pace’.)  Luckily enough, the walk today was not much over 9 miles, so we survived the effort of pulling our feet out of what was really sucking mud at times, so much so that one could hear the squelching noise.  Yet, as ever, that didn’t stop us from having a really nice day.

So, the walk itself took us west out of Hurst Green to an early trig point near New House, at only 144 m (470 ft), on to a very soggy stile, and then through Lower Hud Lee Farm to our first break at a water tank near Lane Ends.  Here Dave C played King of the Castle; a thing of beauty ….  After the break we continued west across the fields and through bits of woodland to New Row, where we came across three rather splendid crowns on posts, about which we puzzled; were they the Magi for Christmas, and had not been taken down yet, or what?  The next oddity came a few minutes later at Squire House, where several new, tall, sophisticated houses have been erected – quite out of keeping with the area, really.  Then, going through Moor Hey Farm,  we survived a couple of frisky ponies before turning south through Knowle Green to reach an early lunch spot on a grassy bank.

After lunch it was through Kelletts Farm, where we turned east to head back across fields, through scenic woodland – and through a very untidy (no names, no pack drill) farm – back to Hurst Green, crossing a landslide-damaged road bridge along the way.  Refreshments were taken in the delightful Millie’s Café, where we were very pleasantly and efficiently served.  So ended a smashing day thanks to Roy, to Linda for back marking (and continually counting), and to Mark for some very nice shots in the murky conditions.

Write up Arnold, pics Mark.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.

If you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

There is a link to the slideshow here.  You will need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show – but at least it is full screen!


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