Catherine kindly volunteered to lead a walk near Milland, starting from near the old Post office. We walked past Hollycombe Primary School and up through to the top of Wardley Hanger. After passing Milland House we walked along the top of Great Hanger before turning north to our drinks stop (with seats!) in the grounds of Milland church and the nearby Tuxlith Chapel. Tuxlith Chapel is under the care of The Friends of Friendless Churches. It was probably the main place of worship for the area from the 12th Century, but was found to be too small and replaced by the adjacent St Luke's in 1879. Refreshed we headed south down stone steps of medieval origin above Maysleith House. Across the road (used by Romans travelling between Chichester and Silchester, but not recently) and then a quick look at Milland Place - an enormous building (with an interesting history) in need of some TLC!!. After going through Upper Wardley we passed the very busy playground of Hollycombe School before reaching our parking spot. Some of us then supported the Community Shop back in Milland village. The walk was about 4.1/2 to 5 miles.
The forecast was quite good...
but nobody told the weather about the forecast
but on top of Wardley Hanger, Catherine waved the rain away.
and it worked!
Horse whisperer at work
Tuxlith Chapel looking very well preserved.
Medieval steps, to be taken carefully!
Pond below Milland Place
Milland Place chimneys, may need some weeding.
About 4.1/2 to 5 miles.
Starting from the village pond in Buriton, Pauline led a walk uphill going towards Queen Elizabeth Country Park, when reaching the South Downs Way, we used this footpath to Coulters Dean, resisting the delicious looking flapjack left out for passing walkers and cyclists on the way and continued on the undulating paths back into the village, just over four miles in total. On route passing the old chalk quarry now a habitat for many chalk loving plants and wildlife and the old hop fields, another industry that for 150 years had once thrived in Buriton. There is a fascinating village website on the heritage of Buriton - click HERE On this walk we once again welcomed Debbie and Rob who we are very pleased to say will be walking with us regularly.
Old quarry truck
One of several wood carvings along the trail
Refreshments if needed.
Nice gates for Buriton House, built in 1910 by Lothian George Bonham Carter, a Hampshire County Cricketer.
Parish Church of St Mary, built between 1150 and 1200.
Peter’s walk took us around Chichester Marina and onto Birdham Pool Marina, a level walk with no stiles and a fresh sea breeze, an interesting change from woodland walking, about six miles.
Starting from Chichester Marina.
All resting before the coming weekend
A sculpture by??? see next picture
I've had my bottom scraped!!
Little egret in hiding
Lovely view across the estuary
Coffee break somewhere?
We were listening to the skylarks-------
---------before crop spraying began.
Waiting for a swan song
Look at our lovely babies
Peter’s walk assembled in Graffham recreation ground car park, we were delighted to find Linda’s walk also assembling, after a brief catch up we moved off in opposite directions. We headed to East Lavington passing through stunning Bluebell and Beech woods, stopping for coffee break in dappled shade, then through Lavington Plantation before heading back to the car park, then for our first walking group lunch in the Royal Oak gardens, a very enjoyable spring walk.
Romantic bluebell woods
We were here, there and everywhere
Lovely avenue of beech
Clean looking sign
Interesting door, Aztec perhaps?
John said .... ?
Look at my spots!
Gorgeous view to Graffham Down
Isabel's report. We met our regulars and two guests, Debbie and Rob, at the car park at West Stoke and walked up the track to the Kingley Vale Nature Reserve. We then walked along the foot of the downs and stopped to watch three hares playing at the top of the hill and then a little further on we paused again to take in the view looking towards Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. We continued with a short stretch along the road towards Funtington before turning off through the pig farm. On reaching the next road, we had our coffee break sitting on logs, just right for social distancing! A detour round the bluebell woods was next on the agenda and the bluebells really were at their best. We returned to the car park to find a man in a van serving coffee, so some of us enjoyed refreshments before going home.
Ready to go!
The Spinnaker Tower was seen by those with good eyesight
Ah, now we know what we're looking at!
Cedar of Lebanon tree
Quickly through the pig farm
Yet more refreshments
The focus of this particular walk today
Everyone's a photographer today!
Beautiful walk almost finished.
Linda's walk started in Graffham recreation field car park and by great good fortune it happened to be where Peter had decided to start his walk. It was good to meet up with old friends before going our separate directions.
We headed for Seaford College, then walked through the grounds before climbing into the woods at the base of Graffham Down. We headed west before descending into Graffham village with its lovely buildings. Taking a diversion we walked through Tagents, Woodcote and Marsh Farms before heading back to the car park. Some opted for a coffee in the local shop, which was very pleasant.
Seaford college approaches
I'm OK with orange socks but not at all happy with yellow ears, said the horse.
Walking through the college
Where do we go now?
Tillington Church from Graffham Down
Petworth House - about 5 miles away beyond the polythene sea.
St Giles Church, Graffham
Just down the road, slightly larger than a bus shelter, is Graffham Congregational Church, no longer in use.
This deer didn't quite know which way to go, but escaped our company eventually.
About 5 miles.
Celia led a beautiful scenic walk of just about four miles, covering parts of the West Sussex Literary Trail and the Monarchs Way walk. On reaching the Goodwood Seven Points we stopped to take in the great view, the flowers and fauna, some memorials and of course have a coffee break. Lots of new born lambs along this popular route, arriving back at Binderton just as the first rain for quite some time started.
Mustering at the start
Mummy's trying to remember the name of those flowers.
But us lambs call them common water crowfoot, lodewort, ram's foot, ram's wort, water anemone or water snowcups.
Climbing up the West Sussex Literary trail.
Plenty of choice
That's the Chichester Cathedral over there!
Resting before the descent.
Tim and Jane's walk started from the Durleighmarsh Farm Shop car park and then took a walk along the side of the A272 before finding a little used footpath going south. Across a river, through a field until we eventually found the remnants of a bridge once used to carry trains from Petersfield to Midhurst. After following the track for a while we found the side road that passed the Skye Park Farm, soon to be opened up as a visitor attraction and a source of venison.. Deer were plentiful in several fields, until we turned across a field of tiny broad beans plants. After crossing the river we went past the site of the Durford Abbey before crossing the A272 to look at the bluebells. Back in the car park we all enjoyed some refreshment in the cafe. On the walk were 3 brand new members, Geoff and Kathryn from Camelsdale and Catherine from Liss. We also welcomed 2 guest walkers, Andy, Catherine's other half and Bernard, a Midhurst resident.
What are you all doing in MY field?
Remains of the bridge used by Petersfield to Midhurst trains from 1860 until 1955.
Subject to government guidelines...
Plenty of deer around.
Social distancing strictly observed, helped by broad beans.
A stop for drinks on the banks of the Rother.
Site of Durford Abbey, a chequered history from 1161 until 1536 when it was dissolved by the King Henry VIII
Ah, that's better!
Isabel led a lovely walk of four and half miles, starting from Cowdray Farm shop, with a steady climb uphill past Loves farm to Whitter’s Copse, the wild flowers and rape seed fields are just coming into bloom to enhance some stunning views. After a coffee stop it was a gradual downhill back into Easebourne.
Small bubble this week
Heading for Loves Farm
Why doesn't that horse in the middle just fall over?
Oil seed rape in bloom
Proper seats for a rest
Time for a proper stop
A beautiful day for a ramble.
Den led the larger than usual group for a ramble over Midhurst common via the newly refurbished skatepark, pausing on Sunset hill before crossing the A272. Once over the river we climbed up the the old Polo grounds before walking through the village and down to Stedham Mill and a welcome drinks break. The route then went along the river Rother to Woolbeding Bridge before finding the A272 once again and dropping down back to The Grange car park. We had a guest walker Wendy with us who is new to Midhurst. The walk was about 5 miles.
Newly rebuilt skateboard park being formerly opened by the mayor
Anyone know the name of this dog?
Polo grounds once owned by Kerry Packer
No shortage of honeysuckle in Stedham
Woolbeding Bridge, same 15th/16th C builders as Habin Bridge about 3 miles upstream.
Pauline and Tim happened to discover they were both walking in the same area and with a little bit of preparation, mostly by Pauline, we had a joint walk. However to maintain a bit of distancing, the two groups walked in opposite directions. The route was fairly easy, starting from the Grange car park with the two loops going to the Severals and after some adjustments, we all met for a drinks break. The weather was very good and we were able to welcome guest walker Catherine.
Perfect weather for a spring walk
Does anyone know what this is??
And then we bumped into all these people. So much explaining to do.
But a nice spot for a picnic
and a chat.
Spring is here.
Pitsham Lane again?
Starting out from South Pond
Portraits taken near South Pond
This field is sometimes full of sunflowers
I can see you!!
I'm lichen this photo!
Should we really be letting Tim clear the land mines?
What a gathering!
Damp ground on the Severals
Tramping through the pines.
Peter’s walk in and around Fernhurst through farmland and woods, with many ponds and country views, good weather for walking, about 4.5 miles.
Walk start from Vann road car park
One of many ponds
A tall mans style.....................................Is that small horse stealing from Peter's pocket?
Coffee break at Hurstfold Surney?
Beautiful Marsh Marigolds
View to Blackdown Hill
Fernhurst Church, St Margaret of Antioch, Norman