Our coach trip to Chenies Manor today was a big success. We had a great day. The journey there and back was slow but, as it involved the M25, this was expected.
Chenies Manor is open 2–5pm Wednesdays and Thursdays and is well worth a visit for those interested in gardens, historical houses and tea rooms. The organisers of our visit devised a five mile circular walk for us before the property was open.
We reached the village of Chenies shortly before 11am. The coach stopped outside the garden centre and all 57 of us trooped inside for refreshment (our invasion having been approved by the garden centre in advance). After this, now ready for a walk, we divided into two groups (the quick and the not so quick) and set off in opposite directions. We stopped briefly for a picnic lunch half way round and finished the walk at Chenies Manor.
It was a sunny day. When someone in the group took out his phone to look up the current temperature for the area, the chap next to him remarked ‘It’s somewhere between hot and bloody hot’. It turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far and the hottest since 1976. Tarmac on the Hog’s Back section of the A31 melted causing the road to be closed.