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.
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!
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
NOT for eating!
South Downs, high above the prairie.
Field of blue??????? Answers please?!
About 4 miles
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.
Must be easier than walking
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nathan's wood carving. Does anyone know who Nathan is/was???
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee trees
Resting, post walk.
Nearly 5 miles
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
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.
Old railway tunnel
Species lovebirds, we believe.
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
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
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.
Careful, no jumping!
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!
Checking the route
Miguel checking the mechanism
Nearing the walk end.
It was about four and a half miles long and very easy walking
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.
New seat under construction
Miguel clearing the path
Route about 4 to 5 miles
Peter's walk was from Upperton Cricket Ground car park and explored a wonderful park and a vineyard.
Petworth Park , by Capability Brown
Petworth Park lake
Grapes coming on nicely
South Downs vineyard
Tim's walk left Easebourne to take a meander to Woolbeding and back, returning along the River Rother Walk
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!
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