March 2019 - Horbling and Billingborough
Ten trusty trekkers set off on a wet blustery day from the Plough Inn, Horbling. Nigel led off down Sandygate Lane, along a footpath then down a minor road and onto field paths with muddy puddles. Our Glorious Leader, having led a few teatotallers astray in his time, managed to lead the party to retrace its steps. Maps and phones were consulted and the walkers were soon on the right route passing the Car Dyke and along the bank of the Ouse Mere Lode which was in full spate. An interesting notice by the Environment Agency announced that the "unofficial" bridge platform across the Lode would be dismantled and removed later that month. On then past the Sewage Works and Billingborough playing fields to the Spring Wells. The Fortescue Arms was visited and in the side bar, made for muddy walkers with its stone flag flooring, easy chairs were taken along with St Austell Tribute and Doom Bar.
A short walk back to the Plough where a good selection of ales were available including Adnams Broadside, Grainstore Osprey and Pink, along with Milestone Hammer Stone. There was time for a quick pint before a tasty substantial lunch was taken in the restaurant. A toast and thanks were made to Nigel and Ena for the walk and lunch arrangements. The lone cyclist who had made the trip to the Plough was looked on in sympathy and was provided with a lift home.