The temperature was just over freezing so the snow that had been falling for the previous few hours
was beginning to thaw. The wind was raw in exposed places. Someone had been cutting a road and driving
vehicles through Lordling wood so instead of a muddy path, we were faced with a very boggy, almost
impassable track. (The ground had not frozen). It didn't get any better. Quite a firm surface on the south side
of the route but on reaching Lee Clump we deviated left and shortened the walk slightly as we were losing time.
The next bit was really bad, the going very heavy; so we took another short circuit, heading for and staying
on the road all the way back to pub.
Six of us braved the weather, meeting four more lazing in the warmth and comfort of the Old Swan. We sat in the corner by the fire (burning wood). Food was good, being mostly ciabattas and various shapes of chips. Ale of choice was Harvey's IPA; and Chiltern Pale Ale was also available.