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Shoulder of Mutton Hill 15 December 2013

A brave group of 17 Solent and Sussex walkers, including no less than 4 very welcome first time walkers with Solent group, plus our 4 canines defied the dubious weather forecast and were rewarded with a seasonally atmospheric misty day and mostly survived the slippery conditions underfoot and numerous awkward stiles unscathed. Lunch at the Hawkley Inn with its welcoming log fire and eccentrically decorated moose's head came into view just at the right time and most of the day's rainfall was avoided.
At the end of the walk, Sussex group magiced up a picnic table under the lychgate of Steep church, laden with hot teas and several generous members provided super cakes and biscuits to complete the feast. Unfortunately, I forgot to make a definitive list of who brought what, but James' homemade chocolate slices did rather stand out....... thank you to all who contributed so generously!
Various members of the group were inspired by reports of a Laurence Whistler etched window, commemorating local poet Edward Thomas, to the rear of the church and made heroic attempts to locate it with mixed success. Undaunted and with appropriate festive greetings exchanged we packed away the picnic just as dusk fell and the heavens opened once again!

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