Viewing events from April, 2016
Jeff's walk in the Cissbury Ring area, around 8 miles. Views to the Isle of Wight, Brighton and even Beachey Head are possible on a clear day. The site was an area of flint mining from the late Stone Age until the early Iron Age, the hill fort not being constructed until the middle Iron Age. Rumour has it the devil originally threw clods of earth which formed the Cissbury Ring as he tried to flood the Weald with water from the Channel. That must have been well before he was chased into the Devils Punch Bowl at Hindhead.
Cissbury Ring, just north of the coastal town of Worthing, is one of the jewels in the crown of the new South Downs National Park. It's the largest hill fort in Sussex and has a history dating back over 5,000 years.
Set high up on a chalk promontory, its ditch and ramparts enclose about sixty-five acres. From the top on a clear day you can see forever, with views across to the chalk cliffs beyond Brighton and as far as the Isle of Wight. Thanks to www.nationaltrust.org.uk for the above and the photo.
Tim and Jane's walk from Up Marden Church. SU795 142. About 7.1/2 miles, lunch in the Hare and Hounds,Stoughton.
The first part of this walk is steep downhill - anyone can rest instead for half an hour inside St Michael's Church. Totally unspoilt for hundreds of years, listed in the 60 best English Crurches by the National Churches Trust.
Mary and Barbara's walk near Milland, with lunch in The Rising Sun. Parking at OS grid reference SU 822 263 near New Barn Farm and the walk heads north towards the ancient Maysleith Woods
Den's walk is from Cheriton to Tichborne, lunch probably in The Tichborne Arms. Thanks to www.battleofcheriton.co.uk for the excellent photo.
Alresford - this will now be Peter's walk starting from the Alresford station car park at around 10.00am.
Walking along Wayfarers Way, passing the watercress beds beside the River Arle, about 4.8 miles. Lunch probably in the Bell Hotel.
Alresford (pronounced Allsford) is a beautiful Georgian Town which for many centuries was a prosperous wool town. Old Alresford is mentioned in the Domesday Book but the present town of New Alresford did not come into existence much before 1200 at the time when the Great Weir was being built to create Old Alresford Pond as a fish pond for the Bishop's Palace at Bishop's Sutton and a reservoir for the mills along the Itchen. The colour-washed Georgian houses you see today rose from the ashes of great fires in the 17th Century but many retain their original 13th century cellars. Thanks to arlesford.org for this information.