Viewing galleries from March, 2018
Tim and Jane's walk failed miserably to even start. With forecast of rain supposedly tailing off during the morning, it seemed to get heavier as time went by. We thought we could cut our losses and go to the Punch Bowl Cafe. Coffe and cake was very nice and plenty of shopping available in the cafe. The rain reduced, only to be replaced with sleety snow! As we had booked into The Three Horseshoes in Thursley, it seemed churlish not to keep our appointment. Food was very good, especially as we could order smaller portions. After a good lunch we went outside to be greeted with partly blue sky and no rain! However, it seemed time to call it a day.
Paul led the way up to the Trundle car park from West Dean. The car park has wooden sleepers - ideal for a rest and a cup of hot drink before the descent to Lavant village. The return was via the West Sussex Literary trail and then a car ride back to The Royal Oak in Midhurst. Weather was sunny most ot the morning, some snow was still around and the walk was about 5.3/4 miles. Many thanks to Isabel and Barbara for the photos.
Den's walk was very enjoyable with some excellent views as far as Dell Quay and the Isle of Wight. Part way up Stoughton Down was an early/middle Neolithic Age long barrow, built in the Stone Age and still there after 5,000 or 6,000 years. England was still joined to Europe only 2,500 years earlier. Another trudge up a muddy track and we reached the Devil's Humps near Bow Hill. These Bronze age barrows are mere youngsters - around 4,000 year old. After a refreshing drinks stop we headed downhill, past the edge of Kingley Vale to lunch in the Barley Mow in Walderton. Excellent lunch before heading for Inholmes Wood on the opposite side of the valley. We were alarmed to see a light aircraft much lower than usual, but relievd to see it had landed safely a liitle further down in Pitlands Farm. The walk was 7.65 miles with about 1000 feet of ascent.
Peter, Barbara and John led a very pleasant local walk from the car park on the Elsted road to Chithurst. We passed through Iping and Trotton Common, a sad scene where a week before the local Wildlife Trust had accidentally set fire to the common. Heather was burnt but many trees were unaffected. Then on to Chithurst and Iping church for a coffee stop. We then followed the River Rother down to Stedham Bridge before tracking back to the car park. Lunch was very good at The Elsted Inn. The walk was about 4.1/2 miles.