EVEN the thick snow still on the ground and sub-zero temperatures in the air did not discourage the hardy regulars from enjoying the Knowle Society Boxing Day Walk.
The annual opportunity to shake off the excesses of Christmas Day and get some fresh air, exercise and companionship across the local fields and towpaths is always popular, and this year was no exception.
Organiser Leighton Jones said: “We were delighted to see over 60 people assemble by Knowle Parish Church ready for the start. I had shortened the walk slightly this year, because the conditions would slow the pace and to avoid any obvious dangers. We had a team of marshals to help people stay safe en route and get them safely over the roads we needed to cross.
“There was the occasional slippery patch, particularly on the bank where we left the canal, but the snow was generally firm underfoot and it was a great day for a walk.’
The highlight of the walk for some is always the stop for a warming glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.
One walker said: ‘It has not felt anything like as cold as I expected walking across the snow, and the countryside looks absolutely delightful in these conditions but we definitely need this to warm us back up from the inside!’
Knowle Society runs a programme of local walks every year, details of the 2011 schedule can be found at www.knowlesociety.org.uk.