Viewing galleries from December, 2018
Isobel led us up past Lavington Stud Farm before heading North towards Upper Norwood and a stop for refreshments. Popple Hill wasn't really a hill at all, so easily mastered. The walk encountered several feeder streams that eventually joined the River Rother and wooden bridges were all in place and easily negotiable, although a few stiles exercised our joints at times. Some lovely Sussex countryside and more importantly, close to The White Horse where a special Christmas lunch awaited our arrival. A huge pile of raffle prizes, many of which had been kindly donated, had been beautifully presented on a corner table by the indefatigable Marian. After an excellent meal, the raffle took place and the main prize was won by Isabel. Fourteen prizes later, many walkers were clutching their own Christmas windfall. Special thanks to Marian for the raffle, Barbara and Mary for organizing the meal and Isabel for sorting out the walk, which was about 4 miles.
Marian, June, Linda and Maddie had spent some time sorting out a local walk but the forecast on Tuesday was not good, with light/heavy rain predicted for the morning. In the event we saw no rain at all before lunchtime. Starting out from Easebourne church car park we took the path north/east called The Race. This old path is lined with Chestnut trees that were there when Bonnie Prince Charlie was escaping from Scotland and probably before HMS Victory was launched, although they are now likely to be in their final century. After half a mile we turned left and then on towards Loves Farm before heading up to Bexleyhill for a coffee stop. By some miracle home made mince pies and ginger wine appeared (thanks Marian!) and we celebrated the end of the uphill section of the walk. On the way back down we managed to catch a glimpse of the Bexleyhill TV mast, but the top was lost in the mist which also covered the tops of the South Downs. Lunch was excellent in the White Horse, but it's probably wise to order the smaller portion unless you are really, really hungry! As the rain had now arrived we cut our losses and returned to the car park, so the total mileage for the day was about 5.1/2 miles.