Don, Helen, Woody and I set off from Robertsbridge, a 13th century market town, to walk through lanes, fields and woods in this hop-growing area on a warm sunny day. Soon we passed through the churchyard in the village of Salehurst, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
At one point we startled a hare, which gave Woody a good run, compensation for having to be on the lead where cows were around. We arrived at Bodiam for lunch on the village green before walking up to view the castle. The grounds were busy with families enjoying picnics and trying out archery and other activities.
Tea, ice creams etc were enjoyed at The National Trust cafe before returning via the River Rother, with a short diversion at one point as the path was closed for repair. The predicted showers did not arrive and there was time for a drink in Robertsbridge before catching our return train.