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Bubble walks 12 August 2020

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!


Bubble Walks 5th August 2020

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.

4.1/4 miles

New members maybe??

Woolbeding Church and House

Rother weir

Coffee stop

Fish spotting

Well deserved at the end of the walk.

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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

More corn

Telling a story maybe

Storyteller, with flowers.

Near Sheet Mill

Keeping in the shade

Amazing tree in Tilmore Brook reserve.


Bubble walks 29th July 2020

Isabel's walk

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

Coffee break

Beautiful walking day

Heather growing well after the fire.

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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.

 Five miles

Overlooking Woolbeding Gardens

Woolbeding House

 Glasshouse going up.

This may be it, one day!

Admiring the flowers.

Grandma out of bed again.

Eye, eye!

Polo ground discussion.

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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.

Starting out

Meadow Brown 

 St Mary's, Treyford.  

Rare Victorian postbox

Heading for Didling

Not exactly camera shy!

Didling church.

Heading home.


Bubble Walks 22nd July 2020

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.

Starting out

 4.1/2 miles

 No stile- hooray!

 Nice seat!

 Break time.

 South Downs

Honourable leader

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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.

Break time

 Nice distancing.

In the monastery garden.

Hiding in asparagus.

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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

  Badgerland

Drink stop.

Descending to Easebourne

 Nice garden.


Bubble walks 15th July 2020

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.

Setting out

Nice welcome for once!

Proper distancing for coffee

Virgin Mary spring at Byworth

Petworth House in the distance.

Back to Petworth town.

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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

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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.

Playing Field

Stedham Mill

Crossing the river

At arms length?

Stedham Bridge

Circa 1600

A wee drop.