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Trip Start Oct 10, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

There was six inches of snow forecast. Arriving at Malvern railway station I was not surprised to see that Pete and John were huddling together in Pete's van, presumably for warmth. They refused to come out until the consignment of Logans had arrived - Elaine, Kevin and Andrew. Congratulating ourselves on managing a group of six hardy hikers, plus dog, in February, we went with the majority vote (subject to persuasion/lobbying/pleading and begging by certain attendees) to take the shortest route to the top.

So we headed straight up by the steps to St Ann's Well, then cut across and zig-zagged through the sheep enclosures above. A few flakes of snow started as we were about 20 minutes from the top, and the air looked hazy across the Severn Plain. John loped on ahead and the rest of us ambled gently behind.

Up on the ridge the wind was a bit fresh i.e. icy. John and I waited for the rest at the toposcope. It seemed they had been preventing a dog from worrying the sheep. Thankfully, it wasn't Pal, who gets put on a lead everytime he starts to eye up the ovine entertainment. By the time they had sorted out the problem and made it to the top, muttering rude things about irresponsible owners, the snow flurry had turned into a stream of flakes, shooting past horizontally in the wind. The usual crowds of tourists were missing this month, for some reason. We patted the toposcope and stayed all of three minutes before heading back down.

It didn't take long to get to the pub. We'd done such a short walk, that the pub had hardly opened. The bar-man still had his coat on. Despite good company, including that of a lady collie called Gertie, we didn't stay long in the pub. I was worried about the snow building up on the lanes on the way home. By the time I pulled into my drive, the roads were coated with a layer of mushy snow. If I'd left it another half an hour, it would have been quite nasty to drive on.

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