Pete's first long walk went very well. Walkers walked from Maybush Copse Nutbourne via Prinsted and Thornham Marina to Emswoth. A really good lunch in The Lord Raglan pub. They then returned through Prinsted and back to Nutbourne. Many thanks to Den for the information and the photos.The walk was 7.3 miles
At last the weather was a little cooler and we headed away from Lodsworth for a mixed walk led by Isabel. Uphill at first to give some splendid views of the South Downs after snacking on excellent blackberries on the way up and then also on the way to Bexleyhill. On the way back we briefly walked on the Serpent Trail before turning off to return to Lodsworth for a great lunch in The Hollist Arms. We also welcomed a guest walker, Pauline, who we hope enjoyed her morning.
The weather was kind to us with sun but not too much heat. Mary led the way from Petersfield to Ryde via the train and a Wightlink Ferry. An amble along the front with a stop for a coffee was followed by another amble to Seaview. The beaches were very busy with holidaymakers and the water near Seaview full of dinghies and yachts, most of them upright. It was a beautifully clear day and the mainland very visible. We enjoyed a very good lunch in The Old Fort Restaurant in Seaview, with views out onto Spithead. Refreshed, we returned to Ryde and the final ride home, although we did seek refreshment in the Bottega in Union Street. A splendid day out at the seaside.
Temperatures had been high for some time but the forecast promised we would finish before it got too hot to walk. Combined with some excellent shelter from the woodland we were walking through, we all survived in reasonable comfort. The walk started from The Fox and Pelican, heading down towards Whitmore Bottom before turning down to Whitmore Vale. We then headed up to the ridge alongside the Golden Valley and on to the Beacon Hill road. Another shady path took us to the picnic area at the National Trust Cafe at Hindhead for some welcome iced refreshments. Revived, we travelled via Miss James' path to Nutcombe Valley. We then took the A3 footbridge (Miss James' Footbridge) before sneaking back into Whitmore Vale before finally reaching the Fox and Pelican for lunch. Miss James was a ladies companion who at the age of 57 was left her employer's entire estate in her will. She moved to Hindhead and was very active in the preservation of the area, giving land at Nutcombe and Bramshott Chase to the National Trust and was also instumental in the National Trust obtaining Ludshott Common. She financed the building of the church in Grayshott as well as giving the village the Whitmore Vale Cottages. She died in 1910, aged 79.
Jeff's walk was from the Mens Wlidlife Trust car park to Wisborough Green and back. In several places we walked alongside the Wey and Arun Canal, completed in 1816 and then abandoned in 1871, suffering too much competition from the new-fangled railways. Originally it was designed to connect London via the River Wey at Godalming with the River Arun so the supplies could reach the south coast without being endangered by the French warships in the Channel. Heroic efforts by the Wey and Arun Canal trust since 1973 have restored many parts of the canal, rebuilding bridges, locks, aqueducts as well as clearing the canal itself. With the absence of any recent rain, many parts were devoid of water and the very impressive waterwheel at Lordings Lock wasn't running. The lunch at The Cricketers was much appreciated before we set off on a slightly shorter route back to the car park. The walk was just over 9 miles, but the walking was flat and well maintained, so we were finished by around 4.00pm.