Marian and Linda's walk started in Carron Lane before walking onto Midhurst Common and then crossing the A272 to reach Woolbeding Bridge. The route along the Rother then turned North on the Lipchis Way before heading for Hollist Common and then past Buddington Farm and eventually The White Horse in Easebourne. After a good lunch the walkers had a look at the facilities in the Cowdray estate Walled Garden before walking up to South Pond and back to Carron Lane. It was a lovely walk with ideal weather for a stroll in the country. Many thanks to Pauline for the photos.
Plenty of walkers (17) for Tim and Jane's walk from Grayswood. It was a beautiful day, lots of sun but a slight breeze to keep everyone a little cooler. We started out by walking towards Keffolds Farm after crossing the main railway line and then making our way to High Lane Estate via Weydown Common. After passing through Haslemere town we turned off towards the National Trust's Swan Barn Farm and Hunter Basecamp. We were very fortunate to be allowed a peek inside the eco house, with walls made of hay and also allowed to use their outside seating for coffee. More information at Swan Barn Farm. Refreshed we then walked along a path labelled Mariners Rewe. There is no good reason we can discover why it's called Rewe. There is a village north of Exeter called Rewe which in the Domesday book had Households comprising of 5 villagers, 3 smallholders and 2 slaves. It's bigger now, with hopefully less slaves. Rewe is also an old English spelling of rue (as in sad) apparently, but it still doesn't make sense. After crossing Holdfast Lane we headed for Imbhams Farm before turning towards Grayswood and lunch in The Wheatsheaf.
With rain bucketting down north of Petersfield, Jennifer's walk was very much in doubt. However by the time we had booted up in Compton it had stopped for the day and we walked in very pleasant conditions. We saw more deer near Compton before crossing fields to above West Marden and then walking down to the church at Idsworth. St Huberts Church has many wall paintings dating back to 1330. However, later in that same century the entire village was wiped out by successive episodes of the Plague and all signs of the original Anglo Saxon village have long since been ploughed over. After ducking under the railway line (built in the 1840s) we ascended Chalton Down to reach the Red Lion at Chalton for lunch. Well refreshed, we took a more direct route back to Compton via Cowdown Farm. The walk was about 7.1/2 miles.
Jennifer and Pauline led a delightful walk among the hills and valleys around the Mardens with a total of 19 walkers. We started from West Marden and headed uphill towards Lyecommon but turned towards Watergate House. The original House was built in the 16th Century but destroyed by fire in 1942 and only rebuilt in the latter part of the last century. Some evidence of ancient barns and gardens still exist. From there we went to the copse at Woodbarn, full of wild garlic. Picking is legal and it can be cooked like spinach, but best done before it flowers, using just the leaves. Up the hill to Lyecommon and then across to Watergate Hanger to reach West Marden via Nore Down for some excellent food in The Victoria. Thanks to Lorraine for additional photos - the walk was just over 4.1/2 miles.
Isabel's splendid walk looked at first to be a minor disaster. We arrived to a very crowded car park (thanks to Chichester Walking for Health, West Sussex Ramblers and dog-walkers) and in a downpour. However we all managed to find a spot to park and waited in the dry for the rain to stop, which it did after 10 minutes. There was no rain for the rest of the day. The walk headed up towards Kingley Vale and then up and over Stoke Down and towards Walderton Down. The views were extensive although the mist was hampering a good view of the sea. An excellent lunch was enjoyed by most in the Fox and Hounds in the charming village of Funtingdon. The afternoon was an easy walk back but with very contrasting scenery. We first travelled through some very extensive and intensive pig farming. They use the 25,000 tonnes of manure produced each year to produce biogas and biofertilizer and this helps reduce smells in the area. Within minutes we were surrounded with bluebells, literally millions of bluebells of Ashling Wood which was a fitted end to our marvellous day in the country. The walk was about 6 to 7 miles in total.