SG Chipping walk 22nd February 2020
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