Cloudier and cooler than expected but no rain. We encounterd a "Road ahead closed" notice
on the road to the pub, but carrying on we found the blockage just north of the pub. Lucky.
Although shorter than usual, the route was quite hilly and we were a little late back - 1240.
Six started the walk and one more turned up fifteen minutes late and had to meet us in the reverse direction. No deviations and no events as we passed through the southern reaches of Monkton Wood. The Gate has new owners who have done extensive work, inside and out. The aviary has gone and the garden made "child friendly". Inside it's been opened up and lost some of it's character. Ales on offer were Rebellion IPA, Haresfoot Sundial and Fullers which was ignored. We were all on the Sundial which was very good. (Haresfoot website was broken at the time this was written.)