We had wall to wall sunshine and a good turnout, despite a few last minute cancellations due to illness, for the group's first walk of 2022. After a prompt start we headed off past the former nuclear bomb store, now an underground archive for the British Film Institute. The first part of the walk took us along country lanes and through farms. There was mud to slow some off us down. The walk leader did check for stragglers and at one point remarked that everyone was in sight, that is "over the hill'!
We reached the parkland of the Compton Verney estate and had coffee and a group photo shoot by the lake (thanks David). After skirting the perimeter of the art gallery and admiring the outdoor modern art we continued up another muddy hill and through the woods to Combrook, or Combroke if you like.
The lunch stop was alongside the churchyard wall in the former estate village. Then on through the village and over the Brook to the woods where the trees had lost their leaves allowing spectacular views of the lake.
As we approached the laybys where we'd parked we could see a van flashing some very bright lights. A motorists was being attended by the RAC, a "flasher" in the layby!