Viewing galleries from November, 2017
Peter and Trevor had planned a walk from the Milland Village Hall and ending at The Rising Sun. The weather was dry, sometimes sunny and fairly cold. We had some interesting sights, some natural and some artificial - the lane back from Titty Hill was fairly muddy but passable. Very pleasant walk of about 4.1/2 miles with about 290 feet height gained.
This walk, led by Denis, started at the Newman Collard car park and took us up across the A3 for a pleasant walk through the countryside to the wonderful Hawkley Inn for lunch. We returned very well refreshed via a different route and some thought they saw the same pair of deer as we had spotted in the morning. Also seen were some early primroses, so perhaps spring is just around the corner. We walked 7.1/2 miles with 390 feet gained.
Jennifer led this short walk up above the village of East Dean over Court Hill, an area much favoured by Celtish farmers. After skirting Wood Lea, we stopped for a break on North Down, with views to Goodwood, but a little hazy on the day. A perilous descent took us onto North Lane to reach the path up to Wood Lea and then return to East Dean. Lunch was at The Fox Goes Free in Chalton where we had an excellent lunch. Thanks to Jane for extra photos.
It was a bright and fresh day for Jennifer's walk around Stansted Forest. The Earls of Arundel had a hunting lodge there in medieval times but this was replaced with an Elizabethan house in the 17th century. The one now at Stansted is a replacement for the original which was destroyed by fire in 1900. Our lunch was taken at The Castle Inn in Rowlands Castle which was very good. The walk was nearer 9 than 8 miles, which may have included a small diversion... Additional photos are thanks to Marian and Jane.
Jean led us from the village green in Lurgashall along tracks and fields through the Sussex countryside. We were a large group but fortunately finished up with the same number at the end. We were all a little puzzled by the glamping field at Mill Barn Farm but it can now be revealed - to find out more, go to www.millfarm-lurgashall.com
We passed fields full of new plants sprouting leaves. Apparently they were probably turnip, grown as a feed crop for sheep in the early part of next year, supposedly three acres can feed 100 sheep for a month. Any gardeners with a 1/2 acre to spare may well wish to dig up the lawn and fatten 16 sheep for Easter! The Noahs Ark couldn't cope with us and we were very pleased to be directed to The Hollist Arms in Lodsworth who looked after us splendidly. The walk was about 5 miles, with a mere 130 feet of height gained.