LOWDOWN Winter 2010 page 26

WALK - ABBOTS WOOD, NEAR POLEGATE, EAST SUSSEX 19th September 2010

Jean Miller

We were very pleased to see a large gathering for this walk, as it is one of the longest journeys for many of our members.

It was an ideal day for walking in the woods - sunny, but not too hot. We started out with a total of twenty eight hounds, plus, of course, their owners.

At one point, Chevy decided he would rather be back at the car park, but he was soon rounded-up and we all went on our way again.

Halfway around this walk is a large, deep lake. When our group arrived there, several Labradors were having a great time in the water. Some of our Bassets were very keen

to join them but fortunately we managed to stop any of them getting down the very steep banks, which we obviously designed for much longer legged canines!

After moving away from the lake, the party became rather strung out on the long, quite dry paths leading back to the car park.

After this walk, many of our members like to visit The Old Oak public house. However,

on this occasion when we got there, the car park was crammed with vehicles, due to a christening party taking place in the pub’s gardens. Those of us who managed to find parking, were able to order and get served food in a reasonable time. Tony and Miranda were very pleased with, and recommended, the rabbit pie that they had ordered.

P.S. We are almost at our magic number of thirty hounds attending a walk. Maybe next time!

(Ed. Yes, the Old Oak Inn is well known by regulars for its locally sourced rabbit dishes. Also, the previous landlord and landlady owned a Basset Hound who was very popular - in fact, the pub was colloquially known as ‘Hector’s House’ - Hector being the hound’s name).

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Abbots Wood walk ☞

We were very pleased to see a large gathering for this walk, as it is one of the longest journeys for many of our members.

It was an ideal day for walking in the woods - sunny, but not too hot. We started out with a total of twenty eight hounds, plus, of course, their owners.

At one point, Chevy decided he would rather be back at the car park, but he was soon rounded-up and we all went on our way again.

Halfway around this walk is a large, deep lake. When our group arrived there, several Labradors were having a great time in the water. Some of our Bassets were very keen

to join them but fortunately we managed to stop any of them getting down the very steep banks, which we obviously designed for much longer legged canines!

After moving away from the lake, the party became rather strung out on the long, quite dry paths leading back to the car park.

After this walk, many of our members like to visit The Old Oak public house. However,

on this occasion when we got there, the car park was crammed with vehicles, due to a christening party taking place in the pub’s gardens. Those of us who managed to find parking, were able to order and get served food in a reasonable time. Tony and Miranda were very pleased with, and recommended, the rabbit pie that they had ordered.

P.S. We are almost at our magic number of thirty hounds attending a walk. Maybe next time!

(Ed. Yes, the Old Oak Inn is well known by regulars for its locally sourced rabbit dishes. Also, the previous landlord and landlady owned a Basset Hound who was very popular - in fact, the pub was colloquially known as ‘Hector’s House’ - Hector being the hound’s name).

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown
Abbots Wood walk ☞

first published in LOWDOWN

editor Tony Roberts