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Bubble walks 9th September 2020

Hopefully you will have seen an email from Isabel correcting the above as we are an  outdoor

exercising group who have taken precautions. So we will carry on as before and as always, take care.

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Pauline led a local walk from Easebourne, up through the Race (an avenue of enormous sweet chestnut trees) and the ascent to Vining farm was rewarded by the beautiful views and a coffee stop followed by the descent through an ancient sunken track where livestock were once taken, lined by badger setts and onto the newly planted avenue of lime trees commemorating Queen Elizabeth II jubilee year. After almost five miles of very different terrain and a cold shower from the polo field sprinklers we were back at the start.

Climbing the hill

Is he trying to be a Zebra?

Resting before the climb to Loves Farm.

Cowdray Castle

Nathan's wood carving. Does anyone know who Nathan is/was???

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee trees

Resting, post walk.

Nearly 5 miles

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Linda led us from Silvia Beaufoy car park and through Petworth Park, before diving down the back of Petworth to eventually climb up to Brinkshole Heath. A great variety of scenery, with plenty of views, we walked through Byworth before making tracks for Petworth Town. Whilst we found plenty of antique shops, we had a lot of trouble before finding an excellent coffee shop.

Descending from Petworth

We have it on good authority that the white horse was truly asleep.

Coffee stop in Brinkshole Heath

Heading for Byworth

Shop must shut on Wednesdays?

Byworth duck house, no expense spared.

There must be a coffee shop somewhere.....

Under 5 miles

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Peter's walk was around Cocking, including Philips Jackson's garden and an old tunnel under the deceased Midhurst to Chichester railway..  Lovely photos very kindly provided by guest walker Jo. Thank you!

No rucksacks on these walkers?

Phili[p Jacksons garden at Casters Brook

Caterpillar of the Sycamore moth at his most colourful stage of dressing up.

Sycamore moth

Coffee stop

Old railway tunnel

Species lovebirds, we believe.

Treemendous grouping.


Bubble Walks 2nd September 2020

Den's walk left the Grange car park and headed through Midhurst Common before heading for Stedham. Full of pretty houses and cottages, a 2 bed terraced cottage in Lavendar Row will cost £375k - it makes St Cuthmans School (with 19 acres) look cheap at £3.2 million! After a drink stop in Stedham Village green  we then went South through the Severals and past the old pits used by Midhurst Whites. We eventually reached Midhurst Town Square where we met up with a walker who is currently resting.

A familiar view  on Midhurst Common

Honourable Walk Leader.

Stepping up to Kerry packer redundant polo fields

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Careful spacing around Stedham signpost.

Interesting character returning to Stedham after a shopping trip.With a full battery a return trip to Petersfield is not difficult.

Railway Cottages supporting the NHS

Midhurst Town square

About 5.1/2 miles

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Janet led the walk from Dumpford through fields of maize towards Fair Oaks and towards Habin bridge

before eventually turning back to Dumpford - about 5 miles.

Setting out

Healthy crop

Careful, no jumping!

Nice spacing

Resting.

Drink stop.

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Isabel's walk started from a point between Lodsworth and Lickfold and we walked across fields, through woodlands and passed by two big ponds, where there were mills in the past. The first was called rather obviously called Mill Pond, and the second was nameless and by River Park Farm. Both were very quiet and peaceful spots, giving us good spots for a break.We sampled wonderful blackberries and saw large field mushrooms, although no one picked them, but the highlight was definitely the sighting of a hare!

Setting off

Refreshments

Checking the route

Miguel checking the mechanism

Second lake

Interesting collection

Nearing the walk end.

It was about four and a half miles long and very easy walking