Cadbury Castle turned out to be another popular venue for 24 Bassets to enjoy a six + mile walk in this lovely area of small hills but glorious views, with of course a dog-friendly pub The Queens Arms conveniently placed halfway round. We set off up to the castle and impressive earthworks to descend to Sutton Montis church where a short road walk led us through mistletoe endowed orchards. At the far side a woman enquired where we were heading to warn us that there were "20 racehorses" in that field - with the suggestion that we walk elsewhere.
Undeterred we walked through a rag bag of ponies, but learning from our resident horse expert, that these were a long way from Aintree and that some of their feet were sadly in need of attention. We took note and hurried on up Parrock Hill admiring the extensive views in all directions up to Glastonbury Tor. Along the ridge for a mile and we gently dropped down to Corton Denham and the pub garden. Many of us enjoyed the still warm pork pies - some even buying neat string tied packets of more pies to eat at home.
We waited for a Lady from Bude to arrive and collect a couple of hounds from Sam (Welsh Basset Welfare), sight unseen, so that was nice for them.
From now it was a gentle wander back down the valley till we met a sudden slope which caused mild amusement and some slithering and thence back to our motors. No hounds were lost - if we exclude Epic who was let slip oh so briefly - but Mike was swiftly after him in hot pursuit.
An excellent day's outing.