SG Chipping walk 22nd February 2020

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Seventeen of us, including 2 new faces, set off on Ian’s new small coach for a walk at Chipping led by Rosemary, stopping at Barton Grange on the way for refreshments and a look around. Knowing what the ground had been like when we recced the walk a couple of weeks ago, I was filled with trepidation after the deluges we’ve had recently. After struggling up the first and only climb of the day, the mud and wet grass making it slippery underfoot, I was pleasantly surprised at the condition of the first field which, although boggy, was much easier to cross than expected.

When we reached a fork in the path, it was decided that instead of walking the full route we would make a short excursion and return to that point in order to extend the shortened walk a little. However, before turning back the group was asked to decide whether to turn back or carry on with the planned route, and a decision was made to carry on.

After lunch, a quick look at the OS map, and advice from Chris B, it was decided to modify the planned route back, by keeping to the road instead of trudging through the waterlogged fields, which made for a less muddy return to Chipping. There was time for a quick look around and some refreshments before the rain and hail started at the end of a pleasant (and dry) walk. 6.9 miles and 686ft of ascent – Simon

The footpath sign we should have followed!
Categories: Saturday Walk

5 Comments

Diane M Whitworth · February 23, 2020 at 12:46

Good walk with a lovely group of friends . Luckily, it was fine for most of the day, the hail stones not arriving until we were alighting the coach.
Great rendition by Kevin of his ‘Retirement Song’ whilst we were enjoying our refreshments!
Thanks, Rosemary for leading the walk.

    Diane M Whitworth · February 23, 2020 at 12:57

    Great photos, once again, Simon!

      Simon · February 24, 2020 at 10:16

      Thanks Diane

Carol Bowie · February 22, 2020 at 23:24

A great day out with a great bunch of people. Weather was kind no rain until the very end. but very blustery winds. Thank you Rosemary

    admin · February 22, 2020 at 23:30

    Thanks Carol, I’ve approved your comment so it appears for everyone to see. Simon

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