With the temperature reaching 30 degrees and the threat of a thunderstorm, all walk leaders sensibly called off the walks.
Long range for next week is forecasting far more sensible temperatures!
Pauline led a local MIdhurst walk of 4.3 miles started by admiring entries in the MIdhurst Scarecrow Competition at the guide hut in Carron Lane, then through the common towards the Rother walk, Cowdray ruins, West Lavington and back to the recreation ground for a packed lunch and other refreshments.
New members maybe??
Woolbeding Church and House
Well deserved at the end of the walk.
Two walks happened in Petersfield with Mary going clockwise and Tim's group going anti-clockwise on a similar walk with a different start point.
By a small miracle both groups met (at a distance) for a coffee stop. Seen on the walks were the Sheet Watermill, Durford Abbey and some splendid views of the South Downs.
Both walks were about 5 miles - a few variations along the way
Just emerging from a super Sussex sunken path
Another corny pose.
Met some other walkers
Telling a story maybe
Storyteller, with flowers.
Near Sheet Mill
Keeping in the shade
Amazing tree in Tilmore Brook reserve.
Setting off from Iping Common car park.
Heading towards Stedham Common
Slow worm on the path
Avenue just off the Minsted road
No one climbed over the fence.
View of the South Downs
Beautiful walking day
Heather growing well after the fire.
The Easeboune group headed from The Cowdray Cafe along Hollist Lane before turning up to visit the countryside around Buddington. Then along through the field next to Hollist Lane to reach Woolbeding. A quick check to see the nature of the building work next to the house - it's a large greenhouse and associated landscaping. After crossing Woolbeding bridge we followed the Rother back to the Mill before walking past the polo grounds and finally reaching the car park .- About 5 miles.
Overlooking Woolbeding Gardens
Glasshouse going up.
This may be it, one day!
Admiring the flowers.
Grandma out of bed again.
Polo ground discussion.
Peter's walk started from the cricket ground car park opposite the Three Horseshoes in Elsted, The walk passed the old cemetry outside of Treyford and the remains of the 11th Century church of St Mary's Church Treyford. Saved from complete ruin by the generosity of the owners of Treyford Manor and English Heritage, it is now a Scheduled Monument. Next was a look around St Andrew's Church, Didling before returning via Manor Farm, Bertie Mitchell's and then to Elsted village. It was good to see that the Three Horseshoes was very busy once again.
St Mary's, Treyford.
Rare Victorian postbox
Heading for Didling
Not exactly camera shy!
Isabel's group had a walk from Bepton and took in the footpaths to Minsted and back again - a flattish walk of about 4.1/2 miles.
No stile- hooray!
Peters' walk started from Trotton Garage and founds its way to Chithurst Buddhist Monastry and the beautiful Hammer Pond, once the power source for the Iron making in the area - fortunately stopped in the late 1600's. Also en route was Stedham Bridge and St Mary Church.
All ready to go.
Nest with access to power.
In the monastery garden.
Hiding in asparagus.
The Easebourne girls had a promise of badgers, but the badgers wisely decided otherwise. Walkers went up the King Edward Hospital area before taking the Kings Drive to the east and then down through the fields back to Easebourne. About 5.1/2 miles.
Luckily, not today!
Nice old yew
Descending to Easebourne
Hooray, walking is back on the menu!
Pauline and group walked three and half miles, from Petworth town centre, to Shimmings Valley, Brinksole Heath, Byworth and back to Petworth. Some stunning views of Petworth. Stopping at the Virgin Mary Spring to benefit from the revered water that never ceases to flow.
Nice welcome for once!
Proper distancing for coffee
Virgin Mary spring at Byworth
Petworth House in the distance.
Back to Petworth town.
June and group walked about 5 miles from Cowdray Cafe car park, over the golf course and through Cowdray Park. After a loop we passed Loves Farm before reaching Easebourne Lane. A quick diversion and we were dropping into the productive allotments in Easebourne before reaching the Cowdray Cafe car park once again.
June with chicory plant
Viewing the South Downs for our drinks stop.
Cinnabar Moth caterpillar
Convolulus also known as Bindweed.
Also known as "Grandma, Grandma jump out of bed"
Very nice allotment.
Back to Easebourne car park
Peter's walk started from Stedham and then went through the playing field to Stedham Mill. After a wander along the River Rother, the walkers returned to the village and eventually to some refreshment in a nearby garden.
Crossing the river
At arms length?
A wee drop.