Midhurst Footpath Companions
Walking in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.

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Viewing galleries from June, 2021

Bubble walks on 9th June 2021

Jean led a very pretty walk from the Memorial bridge in Liphook, last walked in winter, now with Azalea, Rhododendron and many wild flowers out it looked so different, besides we went the opposite way round! From the Canadian war graves in Bramshott churchyard, through Conford Park Farm, the lovely village of Conford where fresh eggs were bought and the a coffee break taken by the village hall once the village school, making our way to Passfield Manor, Cooper’s Bridge and back to St Mary’s Church, after walking around five miles we ended with a nice picnic lunch shaded from the sun in Radford Park at Liphook.

The entrance arch into St Mary’s churchyard

Graves of 300 Canadian Soldiers who died in Bramshott during the 1918 flu epidemic

Jean telling an interesting story about Bramshott Church

Bramshott Vale House

Highland cattle on duty at the stile

Conford Park Lake

Conford Park Farm

Shall we buy some eggs?

Conford ford

Passfield Manor gardens

Duck spotting

Picnic to end the walk

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The Selborne walk was probably 2 or 3 weeks early. We started out from the car park behind the Selborne Arms but some of the magnificent displays of orchids on Noar Hill were still in the ground! However there was still plenty to see, including the Well Head Stream, originally moved to its new position in memory of Gilbert White. The ram pump, hidden behind the door provided water to the village up until 1934. See Ram Pump for more information. Up on Noar Hill we only managed to find a few orchids but other wild flowers were in abundance. After a tea break in the shade, we tackled the Selborne Hill, walked along the top to reach the Wishing Stone at the top of the Zig Zag path, before a final descent back to Selborne village.

Checking out the ram pump.

Heading for Noar Hill, a chalk quarry in medieval times, now a Site of Special Scientific Interest

So, very pretty wild flowers, but is there something else?

Thanks to a  telephoto lens, we can now see the reason for the interest.

Broomrape, a parasitic plant taking it's nutrients from other plants, often clover

Common Twayblade, not an easy orchid to spot with its green/yellow flowers

Common spotted orchid.

Always worth having a flower book on Noar Hill.

Heading down Noar Hill.

Some people believe that a wish will come true if you walk around this stone backwards three times, with your eyes shut. Stone placed here by Gilbert White.

View over Selborne, The golf balls are for the operation and management of the UK Military Satellite Communications System, and is home to half of the 1001 Signals Unit, which provides voice, telegraph, facsimile, data and imagery services to military users, as well as supporting non-military government agencies.

Much better walking down than up!

Just over 4 miles

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Peter had a small bubble walk in and around South Harting, starting at the church and going upwards from there to the top of Harting hill, stunning weather and stunning views all the way, and what goes up must come down. About 4 miles.

Starting from St Mary & St Gabriel Church South Harting

Good example of a Bracket Fungus?

Our leader at rest

The Vandalian Tower, built in 1774 and destroyed by fire in 1842

Drinks time

Stunning view over South Harting

Just look at that amazing panorama!

Early orchid on Harting Down

Looking across fields of Common Flax or Linseed


Bubble walks on 2nd June 2021

It was a hot morning as Celia led a walk from Elsted, the views at the cricket ground were spectacular with many more to come as we headed east to New House farm and then towards Didling. Passing through a number of sheep fields with the Ewe’s very protective of their young we stopped for a break enjoying more stunning views in all directions. A little climb, descent and climb again took us to Treyford. Hot, tired and happy after four and a half miles we were back in Elsted. There is a nice video here :- Didling Church 

All ready to walk

Trying to find a little shade

I've got a poorly leg and can't keep up

New homes for the arrival of chickens  maybe?

Cardio workout time.

Whichever way, there is a good view

13th Century Didling Church, known as the Shepherds Church, still without electric lighting it is lit entirely by candles.

Celia looking after her flock

Ah, there they are!

About 4.1/2 miles

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Led by Denis, we all had a ramble, via the Monument, in the scenic areas around Uphill House before cutting back through the vineyards and then on towards Tillington village. From there to a short walk along the footpath next to the A272 before entering Petworth Park. Full of deer as usual and temperature unusually warm. We took the opportunity to examine a would be new member about the origin of the abundant "molehills" in the park which, we thought everybody knew, were created by yellow meadow ants. Failing to answer obscure questions did not however stop us welcoming Celina as a new walking club member. At the end of the walk we had a picnic near  the playing fields in Tillington.

The  monument in Petworth Park

In the shadow of the monument

Upperton Common

Pitshill House, restored for the Hon Michael Pearson, originally built in 1794.

Strolling through the vineyards

Entrance to Tillington graveyard

All Hallows Church with its very unusual Scots Crown spire, thought to have been suggested by the artist Turner and added onto the old tower in 1807.

Checking out a fallen tree.

Hallo in there?

Hallo deer.

About 4.1/2 mile

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Peter’s bubble walk started from the lay-by at the end of Dangstein Lane, then moving into Green lane, heading for Hammer Wood via Chithurst Lane, and into Chithurst Woods keeping quiet as we passed the monastic area, then joining The Serpent Way to Borden Village. A lovely cool woodland walk on a hot day. About 4 miles. ( 7miles for a couple who walked from their home to the start).

Stepping out.

Outstanding view of Hammer Woods

Late flowering Camellia

Not often seen, the very rare Marydodendron.

Pretty as a picture

Three little maids——————

No ducks at home

Under the spreading Chestnut tree

Make up your mind!

You've been framed.