December 9th – Xmas walk – Ipplepen

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​Once again Ernie based his Christmas walk on The Wellington Inn at Ipplepen.

This year the route abandoned the previously favoured Orley Common as being dangerously muddy following the recent heavy rainfalls. Instead we took a 3 1/2 mile walk through Torbryan, past The Old Rectory and on to Wrenwell Cross where we turned right and followed the lanes to return to Ipplepen.

It was a bright sunny day, the temperature was about 12 degrees with no wind, perfect walking weather.

Back at The Wellington Inn we were joined by several members who for various reasons missed the actual walk.

After a really excellent meal, Ernie gave his traditional Xmas speech assisted by Bob and Tim.

Barbie gave us a potted history of the origins of the walking group, relating its early beginnings 18/20 years ago and how the effects of the Foot and Mouth crisis threatened to close the group.

Maureen K took the photos inside the Wellington Inn.