At the bottom of the lane was a stile, beyond which was a meadow with a public footpath running through it, the perfect place to walk and enjoy the sunshine, long grasses and wildlife. Unfortunately, Eric had other plans, and we spent half an hour at the stile, going back and forth. He really did love climbing on that stile, and would not continue our walk at all. I was happy for him to be practicing this skill but it did get a bit frustrating after a while!
So we went home!