LOWDOWN Winter 2009 page 33

BRANCH WALKS REPORT by Jean Miller Walks Organiser

MILLBROOK EAST, ‘THE DUMPS’ ASHDOWN FOREST
15th November 2009

Down here on the coast, we had experienced two days of dramatic gales - so it didn’t bode well on the morning of our ‘meet’ when, in the rain, I loaded the two boys onto the truck for our journey to the walk. However, a few miles away from the forest, the rain stopped and the morning looked quite bright.

Twenty five hounds were brought to the walk, including a new, very enthusiastic, handsome red and white boy, Rupert Lewis. He seemed to instantly feel at home with the branch pack. Hampton Jones made his second walk, and it was also good to once again see the Booth clan en masse. In all, it was a very satisfying turnout.

In fact, all the hounds were in high spirits and charged at top speed down the broad fairway leading away from the car park.

As we approached the small stream in the wood, the track became increasingly muddy. A slippery bridge failed to provide the photo opportunity that I was hoping for - with all hounds and walkers displaying an admirable sure-footedness - sadly, Jean, our Walks Co-ordinator who normally obliges on such occasions was not in attendance!

We climbed up from the wood and reached open ground. Jim McGough, who knows this neck of the woods, found himself leading the walk. We skirted the edge of the wood valley before, once again, crossing the stream using another bridge.

All this time, the weather held and, at times, we even enjoyed sunny periods.

The hounds were thoroughly mud-splattered and enjoying themselves. Sherpa Jim led us all safely back to the car park, after a very enjoyable walk.

On the way home, the storm clouds gathered once again and the rain reappeared. We had been very lucky to escape all this.

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

Down here on the coast, we had experienced two days of dramatic gales - so it didn’t bode well on the morning of our ‘meet’ when, in the rain, I loaded the two boys onto the truck for our journey to the walk. However, a few miles away from the forest, the rain stopped and the morning looked quite bright.

Twenty five hounds were brought to the walk, including a new, very enthusiastic, handsome red and white boy, Rupert Lewis. He seemed to instantly feel at home with the branch pack. Hampton Jones made his second walk, and it was also good to once again see the Booth clan en masse. In all, it was a very satisfying turnout.

In fact, all the hounds were in high spirits and charged at top speed down the broad fairway leading away from the car park.

As we approached the small stream in the wood, the track became increasingly muddy. A slippery bridge failed to provide the photo opportunity that I was hoping for - with all hounds and walkers displaying an admirable sure-footedness - sadly, Jean, our Walks Co-ordinator who normally obliges on such occasions was not in attendance!

We climbed up from the wood and reached open ground. Jim McGough, who knows this neck of the woods, found himself leading the walk. We skirted the edge of the wood valley before, once again, crossing the stream using another bridge.

All this time, the weather held and, at times, we even enjoyed sunny periods.

The hounds were thoroughly mud-splattered and enjoying themselves. Sherpa Jim led us all safely back to the car park, after a very enjoyable walk.

On the way home, the storm clouds gathered once again and the rain reappeared. We had been very lucky to escape all this.

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

Down here on the coast, we had experienced two days of dramatic gales - so it didn’t bode well on the morning of our ‘meet’ when, in the rain, I loaded the two boys onto the truck for our journey to the walk. However, a few miles away from the forest, the rain stopped and the morning looked quite bright.

Twenty five hounds were brought to the walk, including a new, very enthusiastic, handsome red and white boy, Rupert Lewis. He seemed to instantly feel at home with the branch pack. Hampton Jones made his second walk, and it was also good to once again see the Booth clan en masse. In all, it was a very satisfying turnout.

In fact, all the hounds were in high spirits and charged at top speed down the broad fairway leading away from the car park.

As we approached the small stream in the wood, the track became increasingly muddy. A slippery bridge failed to provide the photo opportunity that I was hoping for - with all hounds and walkers displaying an admirable sure-footedness - sadly, Jean, our Walks Co-ordinator who normally obliges on such occasions was not in attendance!

We climbed up from the wood and reached open ground. Jim McGough, who knows this neck of the woods, found himself leading the walk. We skirted the edge of the wood valley before, once again, crossing the stream using another bridge.

All this time, the weather held and, at times, we even enjoyed sunny periods.

The hounds were thoroughly mud-splattered and enjoying themselves. Sherpa Jim led us all safely back to the car park, after a very enjoyable walk.

On the way home, the storm clouds gathered once again and the rain reappeared. We had been very lucky to escape all this.

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

first published in LOWDOWN

editor Tony Roberts

 Millbrook East walk