January 2019 - Surfleet & Surfleet Seas End
Twenty two muffled walkers were herded together in front of the Crown Inn, Surfleet, for the photoshoot, prior to the start of our 18th year of walks, suitably led by Heather, founder member of these Sunday Socials.
Following the River Glen the trekkers noted a few snowdrops and daffodil species were out along the river bank, and the brisk breeze was fortunately at their backs. The path led by the side of Spalding Golf Course but no wayward golf balls (or golfers) were encountered. The Ship at Surfleet Seas End was duly reached and the group hurried inside, happy to disrobe coats, mufflers and hats. The choice of 4 cask ales were available with 3 from the new Welland Brewery - YFM single hopped pale ale (4.2%), Jack Rawlshaw best bitter (4.4%), and Sneaky St.oat oatmeal stout (3.9%). Of the three the St.oat seemed to be samplers' preferred choice. The 4th beer on was Adnams Ghost Ship and according to those who partook of this ale it was in very fine form.
The return route was mainly via road and several Fen folk stopped off at the Riverside to sample the Bombardier and the Marstons 61 Deep, a pale ale with citrus fruit flavours. On then to the lunch destination of the Crown Inn where Zara had on Bowland Bumblebee, a honey flavoured, well balanced, pale beer. Lunchers took their seats and eventually the expected multi vegetables (12, plus potatoes, on a count) arrived along with the various delicious choices of meats or veggie dishes. Most folk were too full for much more Bumblebee but a few forced themselves for a quick one before departure.
Many thanks to Heather and Rosemary for organising the walk and the Crown lunches.