Jennifer led this walk, high up above Cocking with excellent views on a clear, sunny but very cool day. After ascending Cocking Down we turned left towards Venus Wood and Westdean Woods, where we stopped for a drink break. The descent continued down towards Singleton, with an especially steep part where the footpath crossed the earth works of an Iron Age fort. This area above Singleton has seen centuries of human habitation and possibly we are using it less for living on than many occasions in the past. After an excellent lunch in The Partridge in Singleton, some walkers chose to skip the last part of the walk. The brave souls who completed the walk up Levin Down and back to Cocking Hill car park completed a very scenic 8 miles and had very good weather all day.
On a beautiful cold but bright morning Barbara and Mary led a group of seventeen from Liss village up towards Hill Brow and on to Rake Hanger through woodland designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest managed by English Nature. Here a coffee break and chocolates gave sustenance (thank you Dot) before ascending a pretty steep hill into Rake village and then on to East Liss. After this delightful walk of nearly five miles we had a short drive to the Jolly Drover’s pub and enjoyed a very good lunch plus an abundance of birthday chocolates (happy birthdays Jennifer and John).
Isabel's walk started from the car park in Tullecombe Forestry car park and we found the paths had suffered from the recent rain so several detours were necessary. The rain stayed away during the morning and we arrived in good time for lunch in The Jolly Drover in Hill Brow after a less muddy stroll along Rake Hanger. Well fed, we returned via the bike track in Combe Hill and the magnificent trees in Tullecombe. The walk was about 6.1/2 miles.
Peter and Trevor were our walk leaders for a wander around the Hartings, deep in the Sussex Downs. A somewhat cold morning but no wind or rain. Mist was laying in the valley so no big views were on show, but plenty of signs that spring is just around the corner. There were plenty of attractive houses and gardens to admire and we eventually reached the welcoming 17th century White Hart in South Harting where we all enjoyed a good lunch next to a roaring log fire.
After the Christmas break, walkers needed to stretch their legs and a good number gathered at The Royal Oak for a morning amble. Isabel was again leading the walk, this time through to West Lavington and then along the New Lipchis Way to the Wharf and St Anns Hill. A walk past the church and the Spread Eagle led to South Pond where we stopped for refreshments. After skirting Holmbush we found Pitsham Lane which eventually brought us back to the A286 south of The Royal Oak. In spite of the numbers some excellent food was produced, an excellent reward for the 4.1/2 miles we had covered.