Viewing galleries from November, 2016
June, Linda, Marian and Maddie's walk was an excellent stroll from Chichester Marina to Itchenor and back. Some very nice houses along the way, but much too far from Budgens and Tesco - nowhere to stroll to to get the morning paper and many other excuses... Lunch at The Ship in Itchenor and then a return to the shops and the coffee house at the Marina. Plenty of Brent Geese had arrived from Scandinavia or Siberia and one little egret was spotted. A splendid black swan was spotted as we finished our walk - very occasionally they will breed with native mute swans or even geese. Walk was about 6.5 miles, altitude gain 224ft (?), Min altitude minus 4 feet!!! (says the Garmin!).
Jean and Jennifer led a great walk over Weavers Down, returning to The Deers Hut for some excellent lunch via Foley Manor. Weather was good and the walk was 4.1/2 miles, 340 ft gained. We passed the fine bronze statue of Lord Strathnairn. It was in storage for 33 years after being found to be in the way of a new subway for Knightsbridge underground station. Eventually Westminster Council gave it/sold it to Foley Manor on condition it would be accessible to the public. Lord Strathnairn died aged 84 in Paris, was buried in Christchurch, Hants and never married. A heroic leader and strategist, he walked from Mount Lebanon to Beirut so that some of the elderly American missionaries he had rescued could be carried on his horse. When in command of the Central Indian Forces of 1,540 men, he routed 20,00 men of Tatya Tope's army. Guns captured by him during this period were later to be used on his statue.
This day walk was always threatened with rain and luckily we almost missed it all. A shelter under a yew tree for a few minutes and that was that. However it did rain quite heavily at one time but we were busy eating a great lunch in The Duke of Cambridge in Tilford. Frensham is very sandy so even with the shower, we saw no mud, just a few puddles. We saw Frensham Great and Frensham Little Pond and some of the last of the lovely autumn colours. The walk was about 7.5 miles and height gain of 540 feet. Thanks to Marian and Jane for photos.
Peter's walk was completely different to the previous walks and went firstly towards Halfway Bridge, up through the vineyards towards Leggatt Hill and finally took the the fifteen walkers to an excellent lunch at Lodsworth. Beautiful walking weather and great Sussex countryside.