LOWDOWN Summer 2016 page 30

WALK from GILL’S LAP CAR PARK ☆ Ashdown Forest:
Sunday 17th April 2016

Jean Miller writes:

What a beautiful day it was when we all arrived at Gills Lap.


We were not the only ones as we found the car park full to bursting point with dog walkers, walkers without dogs and cyclists, all making the most of the wonderful warm sunshine.

In spite of several regulars being absent we totalled a turnout of twenty-five hounds and three honorary hounds, which was a really good number.

I didn’t think it wise to try the whole walk just yet, but managed to walk a few hundred yards when it started to get a bit uneven and muddy.

I then saw Terry walking back, so I returned towards the car park with him, and we both sat on a very convenient seat nearby, surveying the general landscape.

Not long afterwards, Lainey and Chris joined us and we stayed chatting until the rest of the party returned. Everyone seemed to have had a really good morning, and some members, not wanting to break up, got together and went to a local pub for lunch.

Tony Roberts writes:

Firstly, I apologise that no photos accompany this walk report, due to a technical problem with my camera - either that or I failed to recharge the battery - its an age thing (me, not the camera).*


As ever, this walk offers some of the best distant panoramas of Ashdown Forest, so it is always a pleasure to do this walk. The steady descent down an often rutted track to our halfway point is sometimes as tricky as the return, which includes some tiring climbs up a series of banks back to the car park. These tend to sort out the fittest hounds and owners, and the group often becomes a little spread out.

It’s a walk which gives us all a good work-out, and is a much cheaper and better than being at any gym. The weather was super and it was a joy to be out with our hounds. The group arrived at the car park and met a few arrivals who had missed the walk; here, there seemed a pleasant reluctance for folks to leave.

The ice-cream from the mobile van was good and ended a really lovely morning.

*For this web version I have included two of Miranda’s photos. WM

Jean Miller writes:

What a beautiful day it was when we all arrived at Gills Lap.


We were not the only ones as we found the car park full to bursting point with dog walkers, walkers without dogs and cyclists, all making the most of the wonderful warm sunshine.

In spite of several regulars being absent we totalled a turnout of twenty-five hounds and three honorary hounds, which was a really good number.

I didn’t think it wise to try the whole walk just yet, but managed to walk a few hundred yards when it started to get a bit uneven and muddy.

I then saw Terry walking back, so I returned towards the car park with him, and we both sat on a very convenient seat nearby, surveying the general landscape.

Not long afterwards, Lainey and Chris joined us and we stayed chatting until the rest of the party returned. Everyone seemed to have had a really good morning, and some members, not wanting to break up, got together and went to a local pub for lunch.

Tony Roberts writes:

Firstly, I apologise that no photos accompany this walk report, due to a technical problem with my camera - either that or I failed to recharge the battery - its an age thing (me, not the camera).*


As ever, this walk offers some of the best distant panoramas of Ashdown Forest, so it is always a pleasure to do this walk. The steady descent down an often rutted track to our halfway point is sometimes as tricky as the return, which includes some tiring climbs up a series of banks back to the car park. These tend to sort out the fittest hounds and owners, and the group often becomes a little spread out.

It’s a walk which gives us all a good work-out, and is a much cheaper and better than being at any gym. The weather was super and it was a joy to be out with our hounds. The group arrived at the car park and met a few arrivals who had missed the walk; here, there seemed a pleasant reluctance for folks to leave.

The ice-cream from the mobile van was good and ended a really lovely morning.

*For this web version I have included two of Miranda’s photos. WM

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

Gill’s Lap walk ☞

first published in LOWDOWN

editor Tony Roberts