Jeff's walk will be in Alice Holt Forest, near Farnham.
Seven miles no stiles, nettles and little mud!
Alice Holt Forest, Rowledge and Holt Pound
According to "The Way We Were - a Social History of the Village of Rowledge"by Flora Westlake, the village was once called "Rowditch", renowned for fights between local youths across the ditch that formed the Surrey /Hampshire border. In Victorian times, the name changed to "Roughditch" and had the reputation of a generally lawless place. The nearby Vicar of Wrecclesham, in an effort to bring more "supervision" to the area convinced the Bishop of Winchester, who's diocese covered the whole of the area, to establish an ecclesiastical parish. The Government agreed to help and donated two acres of land from the Alice Holt Forest for a church, churchyard and vicarage.
Shipwrights Way is a new long distance route which links villages and towns in east Hampshire through some beautiful countryside. The name reflects the use of oak grown at Alice Holt Forest for Tudor shipbuilding, linking this site with Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of the Mary Rose and HMS Victory.