Largely cloudy but warm day. The road from Frieth to Fingest was closed causing
everyone arriving to take the very narrow lane to Skirmet. The pub car park was closed
and the streets were full of cars. Then there was the sewage tanker that arrived to
empty a cess pit (or maybe a ceptic tank). Either way, the stench was quite bad
and the village was grid-locked for a while as there were a couple of large lorries
(one a skip truck) trying to get through.
We started the walk along the eastern loop and the return involved walking along a track that was parallel to the road. Sadly, Jinx the dog got over exited and dashed into the road (via a hedge) and was promptly hit by a passing car. Kate and Nigel got her back to their car and off to the vets. The rest of us (minus one who decided he had an appointment to keep at 1300) then did the western loop, albeit slightly shorter than planned. Back at the Chequers at around 1220.
Seven and two dogs started the walk, four returned for lunch joining two more. Kate and Nigel turned up for lunch eventually and were joined by a cyclist. Initially, the pub felt quite small but large rooms have been added so the restaurant area was airy and not busy. A Brakspears pub so only selling Brakspears but they were at least not ordinary. "Hooray Henley" was very popular and I found the "Gravity" very pleasant. The beer is brewed by Wychwood which is a Marston's brewery.