Thursday April 8th. Tingrith to Segenhoe. 9 miles. 5 ramblers. Led by Ruth
The saying 'Rain before seven fine by eleven' was put to the test today. The first rain for a while, and it had to be this morning! I put my gaiters and overtrousers back in the rucksac, dressed warmly and set out with grave misgivings, considering a way of shortening the walk if necessary. The rain had stopped as we gathered outside Tingrith Church and before long the sun came out! We all stopped to shed a few layers and to put away the hats and gloves.
|Tony P, Sue, Tony R & Beryl beside the "Eversholt Waterfall"
We walked through Rad's End, and paused at the 'Eversholt Waterfall', where we had a group photo and puzzled over some flowers. Ruth thought it was Broomrape. Not too sure as my flower book says it flowers in June.
|The puzzling flowers
Update - Ruth went back with the flower book and to take a better photo. It is Butterbur. How boring. I didn't realise the leaves appear after the flowers.
We walked across a field to the Greensand's Ridgewalk, much to Tony's surprise as he was trying to second-guess the route. Through some woods and windproofs went back of as we crossed a field of wheat which bizarrely had daffodils scattered about! Someone thought they were remnants from a crop to support Macmillan.
We reached Segenhoe ruins at 11.30, wandered into the derelict nave had a coffee break.
|Beryl in the nave
|Tony R, Sue, Beryl, Tony P & Ruth outside Segenhoe church
The return journey passed a trapped pheasant but was otherwise uneventful. We had lunch at 1pm at the Millenium Pond at Eversholt Church-End.
|Tony P, Beryl, Tony R & Sue on the boardwalk in Eversholt
Finally, we crossed Washers Wood and returned to the cars via Castle Farm. No rain at all!
|Map showing the track of the walk.