Jeff led the walk through Alice Holt without hesitation, deviation or repetition on a cold but reasonably dry day for a winter walk. Owned by the Forestry Commisssion, this ancient woodland has an extensive history. In the 1st century BC, Iron Age people made pottery here which the Romans later developed and it became a major industry for the area. Charles II had it replanted and 130 year later the timber was almost all used up to aid the navy during the Napoleonic Wars. Another 30 year later replanting took place and apart from the drain on resources of the Forest during WW1, it has been a successful Forest ever since. The walkers had a very pleasant lunch in The Bluebell in Dockenfield before returning to the car park . The walk was about 7 miles. Thanks to Isabel for the photos.