We crossed the road and made for a track with a sign Pococksgate, following it to and between the farm buildings, before heading westward across several fields and an old orchard. When Steve and I walked this path several years ago the orchard was still in existence, but now all the trees had sadly been cut down and just their stumps remained.
At the end of this field we turned right and followed the field boundary round to the left. As we entered the next field Anne spotted a herd of deer grazing further down the hill. Both dogs set off in pursuit. Zuka responded quite quickly to Anne’s calls, but I’m embarrassed to say that Poppy completely ignored me and disappeared out of sight. She was wearing a spray collar, but this had absolutely no effect whatsoever! Fortunately the field was fenced and once the deer had escaped, Poppy returned looking very pleased with herself. Bad Boxer!
Reaching the private road to Lighlands
Cows guard the way to Earlye Farm