Viewing galleries from January, 2019
Pauline's walk, with help from Jean, was very enjoyable in spite of the temperature being barely above freezing. To compensate the sun seemed to shine all day and the walk along the Chichester Channel from Birdham to Itchenor and back was full of interest. We had plenty of wildlife and magnificent views across the water, with a very good lunch in The Ship in Itchenor, enjoyed by all - even though we had nearly all over indulged in homemade shortbread biscuits during the morning coffee break! The walk was about 6.1/2 miles in total.
It was very white and frosty morning leaving Midhurst but apart from frozen puddles, no sign of frost for Pauline's walk at Dell Quay. Leaving the pub car park we headed towards Birdham by taking a path next to the Chichester Channel. After a stroll around the yachts and houseboats in the Marina we stopped for coffee with some electing to use the Boathouse Cafe. The return journey was more inland but this was effectively completing the circumnavigation of the WWII Appledrum Airfield, in use from June 1943 until June 1944. After 4.1/2 miles we were back to the Crown and Anchor for an excellent lunch. Thank you Pauline for the photos and a great walk.
Linda, June and Maddie led a walk around Midhurst with numbers depleted with holidays and another member suffering from the effects of a nasty fall. In fairly damp conditions the walk went up to Easebourne cross roads before taking to the footpaths to reach Hollist Common and then to drop down to the New Lipchis Way, following the River Rother to Woolbeding Bridge. This historically important and relatively unspoilt medieval bridge had an original road surface of sand and gravel, this being replaced with cobbles around 1625. Refreshments awaited in Gartons Coffee House in Midhurst Town square and at this point it was decided to call it a day as the weather showed no sign of improving. Many thanks to Isabel and Pauline for the excellent photos.
Peter and Trevor had chosen a beautifully sunny but cold day to test our skills on the East Meon hills. After walking through the village we headed for the lower slopes of Henwood Down, spotting 3 red kites on the way. Taking Halnaker Lane we headed towards Drayton and a coffee stop. The horses in the field were particularly lively as they were also due to have a snack. They were normally used for weddings and funerals processions - they don't mind either as long as they get fed! We then headed for East Meon and the 12th Century All Saints Church, just round the corner from the 14th Century Court Hall. East Meon has around 50 listed buildings and a large number of hall houses (hall houses were originally one room, central fire and smoke going out through a hole in the roof - thanks Wikipedia) which thankfully have been modernized over the last 6 or 7 centuries. Finally we reached the Old George Inn for an excellent lunch after covering about 4 miles.
This was really a Day walk but as several Walkers felt they shouldn't rush into the New Year too much we decided on a walk where the afternoon session was only as far as the car park. Seventeen walkers took part in the ramble, starting from Milland and then heading for New Barn Farm with the amazing trees growing in Griffin Nurseries. We then hurried on to find a good spot to enjoy some Christmas cheer and a sample of panettone near Combe Pond. Refreshed, we climbed up towards Maysleith Woods and Hanger before passing Maysleith House, one of the homes of Hugh Gaitskell from 1941 until 1957. We soon joined the Silchester to Chichester Roman road - otherwise known as Milland Lane which led us to the Rising Sun for an excellent lunch. Service was interesting, particularly for some. The walk was supposedly 4.1/2 miles but was actually nearer 5 miles.