Mikes Muddy Melcombe Walk
I guess it should not have been too much of a surprise after the heavy rains and snow melt, that the latest venture for the Martinstown Mileaters ended up a very muddy affair and although a relatively modest 4 1/2 miles, our intrepid group of 19 were glad to reach the sanctuary of the pub after dragging round very clogged up boots for much of the way.
The weather was very overcast and misty with a little rain at times, but we remained cheerful throughout, (at least on the outside!)
The walk was very pleasant from the Fox Inn at Ansty, across farmland, woodland tracks and ancient bridleways, taking in lovely views over the Blackmoor Vale and adjoining rolling countryside. We passed through Higher Melcombe, Melcombe Bingham and Bingham's Melcombe, along the way taking in a view of the "lost village" of Melcombe Horsey.
Confused! So were we!
We were told that the Beesleys achieved the proud distinction of the second muddiest Mileaters walk ever. The Newmans still are in Gold Medal position!