February 2016 - Rippingale & Haconby
Following the photoshoot at the Bull, Rippingale, 14 walkers set off with the advantage (?) of 3 leaders.
Nigel had thoughtfully provided information sheets about the 3 villages we would be trekking through and it was not long before he was explaining the significance of the Butter Cross. Also, and of interest, especially to The Archers fans, was the fact that a radio producer visited Rippingale in 1946 to record a farming programme and interview locals - from which the idea of the popular series was born, and probably where the Ambridge pub got its name.
Snowdrops, aconites, celandine flowers and violets were spotted in hedgerows as the group approached Dunsby. The undulating landscape was a pleasant surprise before reaching Haconby and its smallest galleried chapel in England. On then to the Hare and Hounds where pints of Marstons EPA and Hobgoblin Gold were dispensed and the exhausted travellers sank into sumptuous settees.
Boots were later laced up and fieldpaths taken and views of Dunsby and then Rippingale admired before returning to the Bull for Abbot, Doom Bar, and Adnams Bitter being ordered with CAMRA discount. Lunch was taken in the restaurant and toasts proposed to Fenland Branch and the 3 organisers.