The bluebells didn’t disappoint, a nightingale sang, the sun shone and we had a first today – we lost three walkers! But we did manage to find three other walkers who were lost – and they were younger models so it would have been a good exchange (unfortunately they were trying to find Little Baddow and we were returning to Danbury). Another first was a dog wearing sunglasses; not a fashion accessory but a medical aid. There were lambs and foals too. (Oh, and I ‘almost’ went wrong losing my way amongst the dense trees – but realised my mistake immediately, however, Phil wanted it on record)
Walking groups from Redbridge and Brentwood were also out with the latter having 60 or so walkers compared to our 17 and unfortunately, we met them at a stile. The slimmer ones of us could squeeze between the fence and stile posts but others had to wait their turn in the queue to climb over.
The woods were a delight not only with the bluebells, which were at their best, but also there were lesser celandines, wood anemones and stitchwort. We deviated slightly to admire the trunks of ancient trees.
We all made it back to the Cricketers Inn, Danbury where we are always looked after well and, as usual, the food was excellent.
Next Walk Tuesday 23rd May Meet 10.00 at the Mayland Bistro (5miles/8kms)