Midhurst Footpath Companions
Walking in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.

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Bubble Walk 23rd September 2020

With  some damp weather forecast, the Bubbles were down to one Bubble!   Led by Liz, we had an excellent walk from Liphook. After passing under the A3 the route went through Bramshott churchyard before dropping down a sunken path to Bramshott Vale. After some lane walking we turned towards Conford, passing Passfield Manor before eventually looping back to  Bramshott Vale and eventually Liphook. An excellent walk with  a great variety of vegetation and houses en route - a little under 5 miles.

Canadian memorial bridge in Liphook with the remains of an ancient water viaduct in the background. It served a complex water system for a large meadow area for more than 300 years.

Passing under the A3

Some of the 318 Canadian graves at Bramshott, mostly survivors of WW1 but victims of the Spanish flu.

Studying the amazing tree roots in Tunbridge Lane.

Passfield Manor

Passfield Manor

Coffee stop

Conford Village Hall, once the village school.

Some rain at Conford Park Farm

Huge statue at Conford Park Farm

Conford Farm lake

Near Conford Park Gate

Highland cattle, found to be much less hazardous  than a biting dog we had met a little earlier!


Bubble Walks 16th September 2020

Janet led a very nice walk through Durford Woods which is managed by the Woodland Trust. From Hill Brow heading towards Rogate Common with some lovely views of Harting Down and Buster Hill, the walk went downhill towards Durleighmarsh before the ascent back to the car park, around four miles in total.

Good mornings work, sawing that wood.

Honourable walk leader for the day.

Miguel clearing the path again

Fungi time

NOT for eating!

South Downs, high above the prairie.

Field of blue???????  Answers please?!

About 4 miles

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Tim's walk started from The Grange car park and heading down the Wharf before heading for West Lavington. We were 8 in number and this including 2 walkers we welcomed back to our group, Marian and Maddie. We walked through Todham Rough, passing through the Goldballs Plantation before reaching Walkers Farm.

From there we took the Serpent Trail to reach the back  of the  Royal Oak. Resisting the temptation we carried on to the Midhurst Town Square for a very pleasant coffee before finishing our walk.

Interesting collection

Must be easier than walking

Coffee stop

Mostly good distancing!

Maddie looking for wildlife.

Dunford House, looking a bit sad with foliage growing out of the top window.

Coffee in the car park.

About 4.1/2 miles.

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Mary’s walk took us from Selborne to Noar Hill across Gilbert White country and down the zig zag steps, good weather and a  lovely walk.

Car park start in Selborne village.

Selborne's  water supply up until 1934 was supplied to the village using a ram pump, hidden behind the door

Orchid rich nature reserve

Busy bee on Scabious

Resting on top of Noar Hill

Selborne from the top of Selborne Hill

 𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮  Hello, can you hear me?  I must've called a thousand times 𝅘𝅥𝅘𝅥𝅮

Descending the zig-zag path carved out by Gilbert white and his brother in 1753.


Bubble walks 9th September 2020

Hopefully you will have seen an email from Isabel correcting the above as we are an  outdoor

exercising group who have taken precautions. So we will carry on as before and as always, take care.

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Pauline led a local walk from Easebourne, up through the Race (an avenue of enormous sweet chestnut trees) and the ascent to Vining farm was rewarded by the beautiful views and a coffee stop followed by the descent through an ancient sunken track where livestock were once taken, lined by badger setts and onto the newly planted avenue of lime trees commemorating Queen Elizabeth II jubilee year. After almost five miles of very different terrain and a cold shower from the polo field sprinklers we were back at the start.

Climbing the hill

Is he trying to be a Zebra?

Resting before the climb to Loves Farm.

Cowdray Castle

Nathan's wood carving. Does anyone know who Nathan is/was???

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee trees

Resting, post walk.

Nearly 5 miles

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Linda led us from Silvia Beaufoy car park and through Petworth Park, before diving down the back of Petworth to eventually climb up to Brinkshole Heath. A great variety of scenery, with plenty of views, we walked through Byworth before making tracks for Petworth Town. Whilst we found plenty of antique shops, we had a lot of trouble before finding an excellent coffee shop.

Descending from Petworth

We have it on good authority that the white horse was truly asleep.

Coffee stop in Brinkshole Heath

Heading for Byworth

Shop must shut on Wednesdays?

Byworth duck house, no expense spared.

There must be a coffee shop somewhere.....

Under 5 miles

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Peter's walk was around Cocking, including Philips Jackson's garden and an old tunnel under the deceased Midhurst to Chichester railway..  Lovely photos very kindly provided by guest walker Jo. Thank you!

No rucksacks on these walkers?

Phili[p Jacksons garden at Casters Brook

Caterpillar of the Sycamore moth at his most colourful stage of dressing up.

Sycamore moth

Coffee stop

Old railway tunnel

Species lovebirds, we believe.

Treemendous grouping.


Bubble Walks 2nd September 2020

Den's walk left the Grange car park and headed through Midhurst Common before heading for Stedham. Full of pretty houses and cottages, a 2 bed terraced cottage in Lavendar Row will cost £375k - it makes St Cuthmans School (with 19 acres) look cheap at £3.2 million! After a drink stop in Stedham Village green  we then went South through the Severals and past the old pits used by Midhurst Whites. We eventually reached Midhurst Town Square where we met up with a walker who is currently resting.

A familiar view  on Midhurst Common

Honourable Walk Leader.

Stepping up to Kerry packer redundant polo fields

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Careful spacing around Stedham signpost.

Interesting character returning to Stedham after a shopping trip.With a full battery a return trip to Petersfield is not difficult.

Railway Cottages supporting the NHS

Midhurst Town square

About 5.1/2 miles

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Janet led the walk from Dumpford through fields of maize towards Fair Oaks and towards Habin bridge

before eventually turning back to Dumpford - about 5 miles.

Setting out

Healthy crop

Careful, no jumping!

Nice spacing

Resting.

Drink stop.

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Isabel's walk started from a point between Lodsworth and Lickfold and we walked across fields, through woodlands and passed by two big ponds, where there were mills in the past. The first was called rather obviously called Mill Pond, and the second was nameless and by River Park Farm. Both were very quiet and peaceful spots, giving us good spots for a break.We sampled wonderful blackberries and saw large field mushrooms, although no one picked them, but the highlight was definitely the sighting of a hare!

Setting off

Refreshments

Checking the route

Miguel checking the mechanism

Second lake

Interesting collection

Nearing the walk end.

It was about four and a half miles long and very easy walking


Bubble Walks 26th August 2020

After two weeks when walking was stopped by excessive heat or rain, walkers got their boots back on and we had a total of 21 walkers in 4 bubbles.

Celia's walk bubble had a great walk through the Severals and down towards  Woolbeding before diverting to Stedham. The return to the car park in Iping completed the loop of about 5 miles.

Celia's group

New seat under construction

Miguel clearing the path

Stedham Mill

Stedham Hall

Route about 4 to 5 miles

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Peter's walk was from Upperton Cricket Ground car park and explored a wonderful park and a vineyard.

Walk start

Petworth Park , by Capability Brown

Petworth Park lake

Refreshments break

Grapes coming on nicely

South Downs vineyard

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Tim's walk left Easebourne to take a meander to Woolbeding and back, returning along the River Rother Walk

Woolbeding House

Massive funghi

I spy another bubble's picnic spot!

Woolbeding House from Whiphill Wood

Midhurst Mill Pond

Small bubble, with guest walker Jon

Yet another bubble spotted!

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Den's walk went via St Ann's Hill to reach West Lavington Church for a drink stop before eventually returning to Easebourne Cowdray Car Park

It’s said there is an underground tunnel from the Roundhouse to the Castle

King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I both visited MIdhurst and stayed at Cowdray

Chestnut tree intricate bark patterns

This fungi grew too big for his home!

Entry for MIdhurst Town Councils first ever Scarecrow competition. Winner below by a fellow walker!

The Rother is 18 ft deep here and has been used for Police Frogman Diving exercises

Passing the polo grounds - is that more walkers ahead?

Back for coffee at Cowdray