Another warm dry sunny summer's day greeted us in the carpark, however only a small pack turned out to enjoy it.
The Ref had honoured us with one of his out of season appearances and Sarah arrived just in time to hear a welcome for two newbies Tom and Kat who had been brought along by Flamingo, Tom being her hatchling.
The hares had little of any worth to say except neither seemed to want to accept responsibility for the route.
We set off north west alongside the road and then across the road and north into
Main Wood with easy checks and Old Faithful doing all the work. A small clockwise
loop then brought us back to the road and a tough check just south west of Cathanger
Farm which gave The Ref a while to get his breath back, he seemed a bit out of
condition, he needs more hashing.
A longish belt downhill now took us down to the familiar bridge over the stream that runs
through the common and as one might expect from Splasher the trail over the bridge
was false which forced the pack to find a different way across the stream.
From here, those with wet paws had a chance to dry them out with a longish hack through
very long grass and bracken as we made our way back to a regroup at the gate by the road
near Herringbroom Cottages. Strangely once again there was a buzzard wheeling and mewing
in the sky above, just the same as the last time we visited the spot.
There were a raft of nominations; Spiderman for showing off in his new car, Dr Blood for
new shoes (tut tut), with the hash-it being awarded to Mussolini for the double infraction
of arriving late and chickening out of the stream crossing.