LOWDOWN Winter 2015 page 32

MIDSUMMER WALK & PICNIC
20th June 2015 Hounds attended: 33

This event in the past has been sometimes marred by less than brilliant weather. A few years back we had to retreat to the small copse for our communal picnic to avoid a dramatic storm with swirling mists. Ver un-summery.

We were not quite so affected by the weather this year, but the skies wee very grey and it was windy.

Perhaps because of these conditions, the hounds were more excited than ever to begin the walk which followed our normal anti clockwise route across the Forest. This meant a longish descent to a small clearing where the vanguard of walkers and hounds rested and waited for the more casual walkers to catch-up.

We then followed a level pathway before a series of rather steep inclines which eventually took us back to the car park.

This final section challenges the stamina of some members and hounds, but I hope all felt it worth attempting.

Upon reaching the last of the steep slopes we were greeted y some late arrivals, including Sheila and Denis with Bella - sitting on a bench admiring the views across the Weald. I can't now remember their excuse for lateness, but it probably involved golf! I'm sure that I spotted their golf bats in the back of their car.

We then occupied the large clearing near the car park and set out tables, chairs, and laid out the delicious food.

Though a little windy and chilly, it was lovely to have this get together, all sitting around eating and drinking, surrounded by resting hounds.

Well done, to all those who attended.

by Tony Roberts

Lowdown Winter 2015

Midsummer walk & picnic ☞

This event in the past has been sometimes marred by less than brilliant weather. A few years back we had to retreat to the small copse for our communal picnic to avoid a dramatic storm with swirling mists. Ver un-summery.

We were not quite so affected by the weather this year, but the skies wee very grey and it was windy.

Perhaps because of these conditions, the hounds were more excited than ever to begin the walk which followed our normal anti clockwise route across the Forest. This meant a longish descent to a small clearing where the vanguard of walkers and hounds rested and waited for the more casual walkers to catch-up.

We then followed a level pathway before a series of rather steep inclines which eventually took us back to the car park.

This final section challenges the stamina of some members and hounds, but I hope all felt it worth attempting.

Upon reaching the last of the steep slopes we were greeted y some late arrivals, including Sheila and Denis with Bella - sitting on a bench admiring the views across the Weald. I can't now remember their excuse for lateness, but it probably involved golf! I'm sure that I spotted their golf bats in the back of their car.

We then occupied the large clearing near the car park and set out tables, chairs, and laid out the delicious food.

Though a little windy and chilly, it was lovely to have this get together, all sitting around eating and drinking, surrounded by resting hounds.

Well done, to all those who attended.

by Tony Roberts

Lowdown Winter 2015

Midsummer walk & picnic ☞

first published in LOWDOWN

editor Tony Roberts