Mary and Barbara led a very pleasant walk from The Temple Inn in Liss Forest. After walking through the common and checking out the chickens, we crossed over the London to Portsmouth railway line before heading for East Hill and then on to the Newman Collard Park for a drinks break. A second crossing of the line at Liss Station took us up to West Liss and then back to The Temple Inn via the Shipwrights Way and the Liss Riverside Railway walk.
Jeff followed up his Brook walk last week with a Day walk from Witley to Thursley, however the weather was not so dry. We started from Witley Common National Trust car park and headed north towards Milford. As we knew we were heading for Thursley, we wondering how we were going to cross the main A3. Luckily there is a tunnel under the A3 leading to Rodborough Common/Mousehill Down, so crossing over the dual carraigeway was not necessary. The route took us through Ockley and Thursley Common to get to The Three Horseshoes in Thursley village. The forecast was for occasional showers but was quite wrong. We had steady rain plus a downpour but surprisingly bright sunshine as we neared Thursley. Lunch was good although the tomato soup eaters were a little puzzled... The route back took us over the A3 at the Thursley junction before moving on to Witley Common and back to the car park. Despite the damp the autumn colours on the commons were very impressive. The walk was just over 8 miles.
Jeff had another nice day for a walk and this time it was from The Dog and Pheasant in Brook. He took walkers in a loop which nearly reached the A3. The route went past the 17th Century Emley Farmhouse - very popular with its old barns and which often gets used as a film set. The house is now in the ownership of the National Trust and can be hired for 3 days in November for £722, but that price will more than double over the Christmas period. At the end of the walk several of us had a delightful lunch in the Dog and Pheasant. We welcomed a guest walker, Glynnie (spelling?) and the walk was just under 4 miles. Thanks to Barbara and Jane for some nice photos.
Pete did a well researched walk that left Singleton and headed uphill to Levin Down on a beautifully clear sunny day. After crossing the road at The Drovers the walk went up through Wellhanger Copse, Puttocks Copse and Warren Hanger before dropping into The Dean for a pleasant lunch. On the way a couple of injured birds were safely placed out of harms way. After lunch walkers took a stroll through the West Dean Gardens and the Weald and Downland Museum before finally returning to Singleton. Thanks to Isabel and Marian for the photos. Total 7.3 miles, In the Weald and Downland Museum is a flour mill, powered by a large cast iron water-wheel. The wheel did not come from the great industrial north but was actually cast at the Cocking Foundry, which was about 1/2 mile north of the nearby village. Crosses in the Cocking church cemetry are also believed to have been made in the Cocking Foundry.
Mary and Barbara led this walk from The Rose and Crown in Upper Farringdon, firstly to All Saints Church in the village. This church once had Gilbert White as the rector - when he wasn't busy writing The Natural History of Selborne, supposedly the 4th most published book in the English language. The churchyard also contains one of the oldest yews in the country, somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 years old. Next to the churchyard is a huge building built by a previous very eccentric vicar, now called Massey's Folly. The walk from Farringdon to Chawton included a coffee stop in a nicely decorated railway arch. Once in Chawton a visit to the St Nicholas churchyard was compulsory. Resting here are Jane Austen' s mother as well as her sister Cassandra. Jane Austen did not publish in her own name but is considered by many to be the best female author of all time. Jane often visited friends in Upper Farringdon and it is likely that is the route our somewhat damp walkers took to get back to The Rose and Crown for an excellent lunch. Thanks to Barbara and Isabel for the photos.