Hi Everyone who was on the walk yesterday.
I am glad we all made the 16:00 or earlier bus (except Leonie & David who wanted to sample the local hostelries). Thanks to Ian for letting the driver know that a final group was on its way. The last group got to the bus at exactly 16:00 so if the very obliging driver had not been forewarned we may have seen a back view of it disapearing along the road.
Several of you wondered how many stiles we went over. Counting the field boundaries we crossed I make it 38. Given that we had almost no gates, I can only think of one that I have accounted for, I think the figure is about right. We also had a few 'super stiles' which gave us all problems and really slowed things down. With 21 walkers the delays really mount up even though we tried to avoid bunching by heading straight to the next stile each time.
It would be interesting to do some timing of stiles. 15 seconds per person would mean 5 minutes per stile for a group of 20. If we head off to the next stile as we did yesterday then the back of the group will be at least 5 minutes behind as we found. In practice it was a mixture with both bunching delays and a trail of walkers. Perhaps we need a White Peak correction to the Naismith algorithm to take stiles into account.