Arriving at Etchingham station in steady rain, 19 Polyramblers looked anxiously at the sky for signs of the forecast better weather to come. Taking no chances, we donned rain wear and set off along the valley. There were great banks of primroses to be seen and a few early bluebells. By the time we had gained some height, the rain had stopped, the sun was on its way, and the views were very fine. We walked through a field of sheep and lambs, one of which wasclearly injured. Gillian and I reported the problem to the nearest house, whose owner thanked us and said he would phone the farmer. Our good deed for the day.
Lunch was at Robertsbridge, a large village with many old timber framed houses. At The Ostrich Inn, 11 of the group tucked into large plates of food. One of the more interesting “locals” at the bar was a Jack Russell terrier, perched on a stool, from which vantage point he was able to sup beer from his owner’s pint glass! In fine sunshine, we walked back to Etchingham with time to visit the magnificent 14thC church before catching the train back to London.
Thanks to John and Caroline for an excellent walk. Sandra