We gathered at noon at East Hyde on what was billed to be an unseasonably sunny Autumn day. It didn’t seem at first to hold up to the promise. However as the day progressed so did the efforts of the sun. We benefitted from the local knowledge of Jack Hopgood being our route planner and walk leader. Jack excelled himself when, by shortly after 1pm he led us with Magi like wisdom to The Bright Star (the pub in Peters Green). A further highlight which Jack kept quiet about until ensuring they were there, was the field full of alpacas.
In all the best of such ventures, adversity must be addressed and overcome. It would seem that electric fences blocked our way to the stile that would lead us neatly through Sauncey wood. Between us we looked at the position of the sun and the moss on the trees (not true) and with the aid of map and GPS we found another route that got us back on course to return to East Hyde before 4pm. The walk was 7.5 miles long (12km if you work in new money). Whilst there was a shorter version offered by Jack, we all completed the longer route.