Sunday 3 January 2016. The weather forecast for Linda’s walk from Ryhall wasn’t very promising with heavy rain predicted for most of the day. I did a recce of the walk with her a couple of weeks ago in dry weather so, although I felt rather guilty, I decided to give it a miss today. Most of our members must have been of the same mind as only Helen & Linda W joined her for what was a wet 9 miles.

Helen has sent me this report and a selection of photos for publication on the Group’s blog site.

Today’s walk was made by a select group of three hardy souls.
The start of the walk near Ryhall Church was made in the wet. As the rain wasn’t heavy we set off with a shorter route planned if the rain became too bad.

At our first stop for coffee, although the rain was persistent, it had not got any heavier so with the decision was made to complete the whole distance and we set off again with our destination being Pickworth Church for the lunch stop.

The route took us over stiles and muddy and watery tracks with some firmer walking along roads and across muddy fields. At the church our luck was in, it was open and we took shelter there. We ate lunch while sitting in the pews.

When we left the church the rain, at times, seemed heavier but not a downpour; just no let up. We did see an interesting stile with a gate to open on top and a statue by the church to commemorate a battle. As we returned to the car the rain eased a bit which enabled us to take off wet clothing and boots without getting drenched. A great new walk but could we do it again in the spring or summer months?

1 interesting stile2 Linda carefully negotiates the stile3 and the other Linda followed4 view across the fields5 the retreat6 a wet view7 approaching Pickworth8 walking in the rain9 off towards the church10 well kept garden11 monument at the church12   to the fallen  in WW1


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