It was the perfect month to do this walk from East Grinstead and 14 of us discovered why the Bluebell Line is so named. They were in full bloom, along with primula and wood anemone. There were lots of new born lambs and enough sunshine to make it feel like Spring, contrary to the gloomy forecast of Arctic winds. We encountered several groups of laden youngsters doing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We stopped to chat to one of the steam railway volunteers. He encouraged us to join them in November for an 11 mile walk of the entire track (one for permanent way enthusiasts!). Only Mike actually saw a steam train, but it was going backwards.At the lunch stop, Maggie went of with a young Polish chimney sweep and the rest of us enjoyed excellent refreshments at the Cat Inn. The remaining 13 completed the walk and just had time to grab a tea before catching the train back.
Mud report – improving conditions but still soggy in parts.