LOWDOWN Summer 2016 page 27

WALK from LONG CAR PARK ☆ Ashdown Forest:
Sunday 20th March 2016. Hounds attended: 25.

Tony Roberts writes:

The early spring sun had really brought out assorted walkers, and Long car park was busy. As this walk was to be followed by the Club’s AGM, it was reassuring that so many members began to turn up - though few actually did manage to make the meeting.

The walk followed our usual route at this venue. The broad pathway at the start allowed the hounds space and freedom to charge around, letting off steam.

Though the area had been subject to quite a lot of rain during the previous few days, the early morning sun had dried out the ground, leaving a hardened, rutted terrain - tricky, in parts, to cross. Not that this troubled any of the hounds!

The long, fairly straight path led us down a gentle incline, however, this easy walk still caused our human ‘pack’ to spread out and divide into smaller groups.

The challenging task of walking and talking at the same time was obviously hampering some. We at the vanguard waited near the bottom for the stragglers to re-join, before taking a pathway on the right. This slowly looped back and up towards the car park, but not before passing a pool which some hounds managed to escape their handlers and wade in, emerging with very muddy legs and undercarriages.

The final shaded track into the car park also was extremely slippery and it wasn’t only the hounds that must have later messed-up a few car interiors. But it was all well worth any minor inconvenience to witness them having so much fun. In all, a good morning out with four and two-legged friends. It was also very good to see some new faces.











Do come to our monthly Club walks - owners and hounds have such fun!

Tony Roberts writes:

The early spring sun had really brought out assorted walkers, and Long car park was busy. As this walk was to be followed by the Club’s AGM, it was reassuring that so many members began to turn up - though few actually did manage to make the meeting.

The walk followed our usual route at this venue. The broad pathway at the start allowed the hounds space and freedom to charge around, letting off steam.

Though the area had been subject to quite a lot of rain during the previous few days, the early morning sun had dried out the ground, leaving a hardened, rutted terrain - tricky, in parts, to cross. Not that this troubled any of the hounds!

The long, fairly straight path led us down a gentle incline, however, this easy walk still caused our human ‘pack’ to spread out and divide into smaller groups.

The challenging task of walking and talking at the same time was obviously hampering some. We at the vanguard waited near the bottom for the stragglers to re-join, before taking a pathway on the right. This slowly looped back and up towards the car park, but not before passing a pool which some hounds managed to escape their handlers and wade in, emerging with very muddy legs and undercarriages.

The final shaded track into the car park also was extremely slippery and it wasn’t only the hounds that must have later messed-up a few car interiors. But it was all well worth any minor inconvenience to witness them having so much fun. In all, a good morning out with four and two-legged friends. It was also very good to see some new faces.












Do come to our monthly Club walks - owners and hounds have such fun!

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

Long walk ☞

first published in LOWDOWN

editor Tony Roberts