Ramblers can be unobservant. There was a good example on this morning’s six mile walk. We passed near Cranleigh School and walked along a drive, marked as a public footpath, which led to the school’s equestrian centre and playing fields. The leader turned right through a small gap in a hedge to continue on the footpath by the side of the playing fields. Yours truly (eleventh out of nineteen) stopped to look behind to check that those following could see the route she took. Visibility was good, the drive was straight, the others were less than 80 yards away. She went through the gap and stopped again after about ten yards to wait for the rearguard to emerge through the hedge. They did not; they walked straight past in full view of her, turned a corner to an empty playing field and then noticed that they could see none of the others.
‘Oh, where are they?’ I heard one of them say. ‘Over here, the other side of the hedge,’ I called. ‘You missed the turn.’ They retraced their steps, found the gap and continued on the correct route.
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