Viewing galleries from July, 2017
Den's walk was forecast wet and it certainly was, but with no heavy rain at all. Setting out from Penns Place we headed up towards Durleighmarsh and inspected some delicious looking fish on sale. Miraculously resisting the opportunity to pop into the Tea Barn we carried on to find a field of asparagus to use as our tea room. The promised Harting Down was just visible between rolling cloud banks. We carried on up the Sussex Border Path and the weather was definitely improving with a much better view of the Downs. We then turned east towards Sheet and passed through an area said to be a WW2 camp area called Four Marks - more information please from those with long memories! Finally along Pulens Lane to Penns Place. Lunch was a very satisfactory meal in the Great Oak. Walk was 5.5 miles with 305 ft height gain.
Mary's walk should have been partly sunny at midday, However no-one told the sun. We started from Clanfield car park with some dampness which stayed with us all day, in varying amounts. However it was very enjoyable, even though a little damp. Coffee at the Sustainability Centre on the old site of HMS Mercury, where over half a million Navy personnel trained between 1941 and 1993. The cakes were excellent and may have even slowed us down a little. The route down to The Bat and Ball was through a few fields of oil seed rape and linseed and also past a large cage of young pheasants. The mist was much larger at this point and we were glad to reach the pub. Excellent lunch and staff very helpful. As the weather had not improved we took a slightly shorter route back to Clanfield village. About 7 miles
Mary and Barbara, with the help of South West Trains and the ferry, took us to the Isle of Wight for stroll along the front. Coffee stop in the Castle Inn with lunch later in the Boat House after a walk through Puckpool Park. The mysterious tree we saw in the Park has now been identified by Denis (helped by the Head Gardener at Hinton Ampner) as a Foxglove Tree - fast growing and can be invasive. After lunch we travelled further along to visit the Hersey Nature reserve. We saw plenty of the smaller insect life but the birds were not in evidence apart from a Lesser Egret and a few gulls. Our return took us past the Castle Inn again but the cakes were looking tired so we ventured up Ryde Union Street to the Bottega bar for a fine cream tea. The catamaran trip back was very smooth and we eventually got back to Petersfield station at around 6.00pm A nice relaxed day.
Marion led this walk, ably assisted by Maddie. The weather was warm - around 28 degrees C. Fortunately we were in the shade for most of this scenic walk from Fernhurst along the lower slopes of Blackdown before heading downwards to Lurgashall. Excellent lunch in The Noahs Ark before a flattish walk back to Fernhurst. Just over 7 miles with about 500 ft height gained. Thanks to Marian and Jane for photos.