The walk of five miles started in the village of North Mundham, going West towards Hunston Copse with a views of Chichester Cathedral in the distance, then on to Chichester golf course. We refrained from teeing off and in place of ending in a bunker we made our way, across footpaths and stiles to South Mundham, eventually heading northwards to Runcton, listed in the Domesday book as having 26 households (6 villagers, 5 slaves and 15 cottagers) and the population today is still not much more than 600. It is not known how many currently are slaves..... We stopped to admire much of the architecture in the village, as well as a VR postbox probably installed in the late 1800’s, passing the old Mill Pond and Runcton Mill once powered by Pagham Rife, now a residential house, across country to Post Office Lane and back to the car park before a very good lunch in the Walnut Tree Pub. Many thanks to walk leader Pauline for stepping in to do this walk and for the map. Thanks also to Isabel for photos.
David's walk was a lovely sunny bright flat-ish walk across The Severals, Minsted, Iping and Stedham commons. Blackberries were edible and the walk skirted the old Minsted sand-pit. Part of this walk was through land that may become an even bigger quarry if the Cowdray estate gets permission for extraction. The extraction if agreed would effectively destroy The Severals and part of Midhurst Common. See Severals sand-pit. Lunch was at The Country Inn where the steaks were good. Many thanks to Pauline and Mary for photos and info.
Marian, Linda and June led this day walk during a very windy day near the seaside at Bosham. The walk started from Apuldram Church and then went through Fishbourne Meadows, an area looked after by the Chichester Nature Conservancy. Next stop was a visit to The Anchor Bleu in Cosham for lunch followed by a look inside the church at Bosham. The walk back was mainly through farmland with the harvest in full swing. Thanks to Marian and Pauline for the super photos. The walk was about 7 miles in total.
Jennifer had stepped in for the recovering Jeff and chose to go to East Dean. The forecast was for a hot day but the worst being saved for the afternoon. It was hot but as much of the walk was in the shade of trees and there was often a helpful breeze, we survived very well. We even tackled a few hills for good measure. We started from the village and headed up towards Wood Lea. Turning right we descended North Down until we reached the West Sussex Literary Trail which we used to go north to our coffee stop at the base of Wood Lea. We had a nicely shady stop under an ancient yew tree, supplemented with some delicious strawberries. At the top of Wood Lea a couple of walkers decided to take a more direct route to the Pub, not so much from a heat problem, more to avoid any more hills! As it turned out, the walk towards Eastdean Woods and back to Scratlee was not particularly hilly but did extend the walk, luckily through shady woods. Lunch was in the excellent Star and Garter where we also found a few more members. The walk was just over 4.1/2 miles.
Tim and Jane led this walk from West Marden to Stoughton and back. The weather was almost too hot but fortunately there was some woody shade and an occasional breeze to make it bearable. The route was up to Up Marden church, a 12th or 13th century Downland church barely changed through the centuries and as ever full of quiet mystery. We chose to have our break in the churchyard before carrying on to Stoughton where we dined very well in the Hare and Hounds. The return route was via Watergate House. The whole area was in all its glory, with barley almost ready for harvesting, having grown so well out of the chalk and flint soil. It was also an area with a lot of wild flower margins in and around the fields, with many butterflies and insects enjoying the weather. It was a bit of a leg-stretcher with seemingly a little more up than down but we all survived in good spirits. The walk was around 7 miles.