|CHURCHYARD AT SIXPENNY HANDLEY|
Howard Kelly was the arranger for the weekend and apparently led the walk on the Saturday.
I say 'apparently' because from the moment we set off from our starting point at Church Farm at Sixpenny Handley I didn't see him again till we arrived at our Saturday nights camp at Honeysuckle Homestead at Dinton.
If you have ever seen a greyhound leave it's trap at the start of a race, well that was what Howard was like, with what the rest of us dubbed the 'Advance Party' as they disappeared from view.
The rest of us formed the 'Rear Guard' and ambled along at a more relaxed pace.
The weekend had started on the Friday afternoon with club members starting to arrive from about 1300hrs.
There were about twenty BPC members who arrived at Church Farm for this weekend event and as always it was good to meet up with old friends doing what we all enjoy.....walking and camping combined, or in other words 'backpacking'.
The plan was to walk about twelve miles to Dinton on the Saturday going via the Historic Fovant Military Badges. These are military badges carved into the chalk hillside at Fovant in Witshire. We then stayed at a Camping & Caravan Club certified site on the Saturday night returning to Sixpenny Handley on the Sunday by a slightly different route.
A word of thanks must go to John Yale one of our Dorset group members, who had taken the trouble to plan a route for both days and took over as our 'Rear Guard' leader after the advance party had disappeared.
The weather was dry all over the weekend with bright and sunny being the order of the day on the Friday and Sunday and a bit overcast on the Saturday.
I would also mention that Graham Faithfull the Dorset groups new co-ordinator brought along two of his young sons for the weekend.
I am not sure exactly how old they are, but I would guess some where around 10 -12 years old......anyway I would like to comment on how good they were as walking companions....carrying their own packs for the overnight camp they walked the 12 miles in both directions without a hint of a complaint.
Wonderful to see future full blown Backpackers Club members of the future.
Graham....they are a real credit to both you and your wife....
I won't try and cover everything that happened over the weekend.....I'll just say that as always it was a total enjoyment....I have included a few of the photos I took over the weekend just to give you a flavour of the event.
|SATURDAYS LUNCH STOP AT EBBESBOURNE WAKE|
|SOME OF THE 'REAR GUARD' STRAGGLERS|
|BRIAN TOALSTER ONE OF THE DORSET GROUPS CHARACTERS|
|CHRIS AND HIS FOUR LEGGED COMPANION|
|PETER CALCUTT PREPARING A BREW|
|FACILITIES AT DINTON - 'THE THUNDERBOX'|
|A FEW OF OUR TENTS AT DINTON|
|GRAHAM AND SONS ENJOYING A VIEW ON SUNDAY'S WALK|
|THE FOVANT HISTORIC MILITARY BADGES|
|LUNCH BREAK ON SUNDAY'S WALK|