The wet Spring weather proved a challenge – in the 8 year history of our walks rarely had they been cancelled. This year, a different story – 3 walks were cancelled, and to top that walking in mud baths as bad as they were at Ardingly was a first!
Three of our members joined forces to help with maintaining the footpath in the WI Federation’s wood, Bramber Beeches at Steyning. Although some might have thought Jan had taken members there under false pretences, everyone contributed to keeping the nettles down with good spirit and enjoyed the wonderful views out across Steyning.
Three of us also joined in with the Federation Outdoor Talk and Walk at Ardingly Reservoir, where we were told how clean water gets to taps. The walk along the reservoir edge was scenic enough, but overshadowed by mud, mud and more mud.
Slindon bluebells, however, saved the reputation of the walk group. Although not as bright as in other years, the carpet of blue and the small enclave of pink orchids on a sunlit evening was beautiful and worth the wait for a dry patch in the weather.
As we move into Summer our walks continue in the evenings. We are off to Del Quay for a harbour/marina walk on Tuesday 15thMay. We are planning to take a walk along the beach to Pagham when the tide is low and go up to Halnaker windmill again, once its restoration is complete. Most of our walks are “easy” – although some argue their description is debatable! The friendship and views are never in question, and are always enjoyable.
Many thanks to all my walking companions.
Jan and Dinah (photos)