August 2019 - Dry Doddington & Long Bennington
The Famous Five (without Timmy the dog) met at the Wheatsheaf, Dry Doddington on a blustery morning that promised precipitation.
Ivan led off the small, but immaculately turned out, band of trekkers across recently harvested fields and it wasn't long before the showers started. Waterproofs were quickly donned, then almost as quickly discarded as showers stopped. Mushrooms were gathered in the field of sheep when later the rain came just before the first halfway house at Long Bennington, the Reindeer, was reached. The very pleasant Pheasantry beers, Ringneck Amber Ale, BB, and PA Pale Ale were eagerly downed as the Five tried to dry their wet gear.
As the sun started to make an appearance the group got under way for their next port of call, and surprisingly came across 3 (late?) arrivals who were on their way to the Reindeer. Pleasantries were exchanged and agreed to meet up later. The Royal Oak, a Marstons house, was busy with diners and after selecting from the Wainwright, Saddle Tank (previously known as Marston Bitter), and Pedigree a table was found under the covered outdoor. On then for the return journey following the banks of the River Witham with its swans and various wildlife.
Crossing the bridge the road curved fairly steeply upwards before Dry Doddington was reached, and its church of St James with its leaning tower and spire (of 4.8 degrees - easily remembered by those familiar with XXXB of 4.8%). After changes out of wet clothing the Five found their way into the pub and ordered Landlord and Abbot, met up with the Three, chatted, then retired for luncheon of beef and chicken.
Another excellent walk and lunch organised by Ena, Nigel, Ivan and Liz.