Midhurst Footpath Companions
Walking in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.



Woolavington Down Morning Walk 4th September 2019

Jennifer aided by Pauline led the walk which started by admiring the view overlooking Fryan’s Hanger at Duncton Down, climbing higher to go along the edge of Woolavington Down. After leaving the open spaces and fields now fully harvested, the route crossed the South Downs Way and went into woodland, where we stopped for refreshment before doubling back on another path to admire more stunning views.  We reached Crown Tegleaze, once the highest point on the Southdowns Way until someone added Hampshire, with Butser Hill being a mere 15 metres higher. The weather for this walk was ideal with sunshine and a light breeze, although less than five miles with a little detour and lots of stops to look at views, working out what and where it was that we were marvelling at, made us a little late for the delightful lunch provided by the Badgers at Coultershaw Bridge. Friends unable to walk that day were content (we think) to wait for the intrepid and happy walkers.

Bosham Day Walk 28th August 2018

Jennifer led this charming walk from Bosham along the edge of the  Bosham Channel to catch the ferry to West Itchenor. However, the ferryman had to collect someone from a yacht moored upstream in the Chichester Channel, so the trip was somewhat longer than expected. Nevertheless The Ship Inn was ready and waiting with some more great food and friendly service. After a good lunch the walkers were ready for the return ferry trip, this time without any detours. Reaching Bosham, the tide had receded far enough for a short cut to be taken across the inlet. This lack of water was a natural occurence caused by the moon and had nothing to do with King Canute, even though he had lived in Bosham. His daughter sadly drowned in a small brook nearby and is reputedly buried in Bosham Church. By the time the walkers reached the car park the mapping showed they had covered over 5 miles but to be fair, they had in no way walked on the water.          

North Mundham Morning Walk 21st August 2019

The walk of five miles started in the village of North Mundham, going West towards Hunston Copse with a views of Chichester Cathedral in the distance, then on to Chichester golf course. We refrained from teeing off and in place of ending in a bunker we made our way, across footpaths and stiles to South Mundham, eventually heading northwards to Runcton, listed in the Domesday book as having 26 households (6 villagers, 5 slaves and 15 cottagers) and the population today is still not much more than 600. It is not known how many currently are slaves..... We stopped to admire much of the architecture in the village, as well as a VR postbox probably installed in the late 1800’s, passing the old Mill Pond and Runcton Mill once powered by Pagham Rife, now a residential house, across country to Post Office Lane and back to the car park before a very good lunch in the Walnut Tree Pub.  Many thanks to walk leader Pauline for stepping in to do this walk and for the map. Thanks also to Isabel for photos.

Bepton Morning Walk 7th August 2019

David's walk was a lovely sunny bright flat-ish walk across The Severals, Minsted, Iping and Stedham commons.  Blackberries were edible and the walk skirted the old Minsted sand-pit. Part of this walk was through land that may become an even bigger quarry if the Cowdray estate gets permission for extraction. The extraction if agreed  would effectively destroy The Severals and part of Midhurst Common.  See  Severals sand-pit.  Lunch was at The Country Inn where the steaks were good. Many thanks to Pauline and Mary for photos and info.

Bosham Day Walk 31st July 2019

Marian, Linda and June led this day walk during a very windy day near the seaside at Bosham. The walk started from Apuldram Church and then went through Fishbourne Meadows, an area looked after by the Chichester Nature Conservancy. Next stop was a visit to The Anchor Bleu in Cosham for lunch followed by a look inside the church at Bosham. The walk back was mainly through farmland with the harvest in full swing. Thanks to Marian and Pauline for the super photos.  The walk was about 7 miles in total.