22 walkers met in the car park of the Wharf Inn at Welford on a fairly gloomy morning which later turned into a glorious Autumn day with lots of sunshine.
Our route took us past the Pocket Park in the village which is fronted by a colourful carved wooden figure of a man. No clue is given to who it represents but it may be Postman Pat looking slightly worse for wear. Attack of the phantom woodpeckers perhaps?
On leaving the village a cross some fields a short stretch of Hall Lane was traversed before heading off across some field edge paths which were reasonably dry underfoot. The terrain was slightly undulating with the summits of the undulations giving rise to some good views.
Our first crossing of the Grand Union canal led us across a slightly claggy field then through Sybold’s Spinney to again meet the canal where our banana break was taken in the lee of a canal bridge which provided some shelter from a somewhat chilly wind.
Turning left we followed the towpath for a goodly distance but without sight of any boats. The only sign of activity was when we met two men painting a footbridge.
However on turning onto the Welford Arm a bit more traffic was seen but unfortunately all the boats were going the wrong way so were unable to offer us a lift back to the pub.
On reaching the pub the food was served quickly and with daily roasts costing only £6.50 offered excellent value.
Thanks to John A for organising and leading this walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker,