Midhurst Footpath Companions
Walking in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.


Viewing galleries from February, 2020

Hindhead Punch Bowl Day Walk 26th February 2020

This walk was led by Tim and Jane and took us from a car park within sight of the Hindhead Tunnel entrance to paths deep in the Devis Punch Bowl. The forecast was cold and windy but fortunately the trees and the Bowl itself gave us some shelter from the wind so conditions were reasonable. The weather stayed good throughout the day except for the last 15 minutes when some rain fell. We had a pleasant walk with not too much mud but we did need to make one or two excursions to avoid damaged footpaths. A visit to Thursley Churchyard was necessary to prove the story of the demise of the Unknown Sailor back in 1786. The churchyard also houses a small building which was a Dame School dating back to the early 1800's. The Dame School  was for the children of Thursley who paid a penny a week and an extra penny to be taught manners.  We then visited the Three Horseshoes in Thursley village who looked after us very well. After lunch it was a short trip back via 2 tunnels under the A3, completing a walk of around 6.1/4 miles

Skittles at Barley Mow 21st February 2020

Another splendid evening at the Barley Mow.  Very many thanks to all those of you who came with a raffle prize. The raffle raised £75 for the club funds so many thanks to Marian for doing all the hard work. For Midhurst Footpath Companion members skittling is not a fine art and even good results were achieved by using the wrong arm! However, one team had to win and this was the Boot Team, comprising Barbara, Marion, Peter, Tim, Judy, Jeff and Maureen. Lastly thanks to Denis and John for great work helping to right fallen skittles.

Duncton Hill Morning Walk 19th February 2020

After meeting at The Badger, Jennifer led us to a small car park on Duncton Hill. After walking through woodland on the side of Woolavington Down, we emerged into green pastures and headed towards Teglaze Woods to find a coffee stop. Suitably refreshed we made our way to Crown Tegleaze spotting a few skylarks on the way. Crown Teglaze was once the highest point on the Southdowns Way until someone added Hampshire, with Butser Hill being a mere 15 metres higher.  Conditions were wet underfoot but all survived to reach the Badgers pub for an excellent lunch.

Cocking Day Walk 12th Febuary 2020

Jennifer led this walk, high up above Cocking with excellent views on a clear, sunny but very cool day. After ascending Cocking Down we turned left towards Venus Wood and Westdean Woods, where we stopped for a drink break. The descent continued down towards Singleton, with an especially steep part where the footpath crossed the earth works of an Iron Age fort. This area above Singleton has seen centuries of human habitation and possibly we are using it less for living on than many occasions in the past. After an excellent lunch in The Partridge in Singleton, some walkers chose to skip the last part of the walk. The brave souls who completed the walk up Levin Down and back to Cocking Hill car park completed a very scenic 8 miles and had very good weather all day.

Hill Brow Morning Walk 5th February 2020

On a beautiful cold but bright morning Barbara and Mary led a group of seventeen from Liss village up towards Hill Brow and on to Rake Hanger through woodland designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest managed by English Nature. Here a coffee break and chocolates gave sustenance (thank you Dot) before ascending a pretty steep hill into Rake village and then on to East Liss. After this delightful walk of nearly five miles we had a short drive to the Jolly Drover’s pub and enjoyed a very good lunch plus an abundance of birthday chocolates (happy birthdays Jennifer and John).