Thirteen people came out to hike the trails from A91 to Mottet Hill. The landowners themselves are responsible for several of the well-groomed paths, because this is where they ride their horses. And this really is horse country.
At one point, a flock of cranes flew overhead. And then while walking along the fence in a horse pastures, we were met with bluebirds. What a striking sight!
We had our lunch at the top of Mottet Hill, with a view of the wooded countryside. The day had started out with overcast skies, but by lunch, it was turning blue and filling with popcorn clouds. After lunch, we decided not to turn back, but to keep going ahead so that we could view Hastings Lake from Wye Road.
As we returned the trail head near the end of the hike, we were greeted by the friendliest and most curious horses.
Many thanks to everyone who came out and made the day so enjoyable. See all the photos on Flickr.