In the continued absence of Ray Jones it fell to Messrs Thomas and Ashcroft to lead the walk that Ray had planned from Grafton Flyford. 19 walkers from Western Midlands and South Midlands GOC Groups completed the 8 mile circuit which took in varied countryside ranging from wild meadows, to golden fields of corn and shady woodland paths.
The group enjoyed fine weather and lively conversation but failed to spot the rare Brown Streak Butterfly that inhabits Grafton Wood. After stopping to admire the ancient timber towered church at Dormston the group split into two. Chris manfully volunteered to lead those opting for the hard route “along a country lane” whilst others followed Paul through dense vegetation along overgrown paths and over broken stiles to be rewarded with fine views of Moat Farm, its dovecote and the chance to pat alpacas.
After the walk many retired to the Twisted Spoon Tearooms for light refreshments, the supply of cakes had been depleted by a group of cyclists but we managed to devour what was left. Some “butch” types visited the attached pub where the bar staff were as keen to assist and make the group welcome as the waiters had been. Photos Ray B and John W. A great walk Ray, get well soon.