Meeting in Wyre Piddle,as arranged, Lesley and Malcolm Sheppard, Margaret Wise, Ann Reid, David Hilton and Terry Greenwood travelled in one car to start the walk at Evesham. Leaving Ecgwins Club at 9.45am we walked through the Town towards the River Avon then through the gardens on the riverside path, past Evesham Rowing Club, to cross the River on the road bridge and then along Pershore road. Just past Hampton Church we turned towards the river again for about 400 yards then climbed up to Red Lane, passing Eoves Wood and reaching the village of Charlton about 11.15am. Finding suitable seats on the village green we took the opportunity for a sit down and a drinks break.
Continuing on through Charlton we reached the Avon again crossing Jubilee Bridge and turning onto Fladbury Mill Meadow, had a good view of a Black Swan on the river bank and views of both Fladbury Mill and Cropthorne Mill. We passed through Fladbury village on the road, lovely village, and turned off the road along a wide dirt track towards open country. With good views of Bredon Hill in the distance to our left and fields of top quality soil close by we turned onto a smaller well walked path and to our horror saw an interesting water obstacle. A large water sprinkler was moving across the large field towards us spraying the field and path, a ten yard sprint was required by all to go through the spray but we still got very wet causing some hilarity amongst the group. Passing through an area of lakes and The Springs static caravan park, plenty of wild life on the lakes, we made our way into Wyre Piddle and our destination The Anchor Inn.
Ordering drinks at 1.00pm we moved into the garden with lovely view of the Avon, in glorious sunshine, awaiting staff to come for our food order as promised. After 15 minutes a decision was made to go to the bar to place the order, shortage of staff appeared to be the problem, one person taking orders and serving behind bar. Having been told there may be a delay in the food arriving what we did not expect was a further hour wait, food arriving with apologies at 2.25pm. In the meantime a deer was spotted across the river, it became cooler, advice was given to clean my glasses ( not touched after the soaking by the spinkler), and the world was generally put to right. We left the pub at 2.48pm after an excellent walk but somewhat frustrated at the food delay.
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