We started in Midhurst car park and headed to Easebourne to pick up June, the walk leader for the day. We then took to the fields to head towards Budgenor Lodge but turned north towards Bexleyhill, then turning southeast towards Grevatts. There were some fine views across to the South Downs but it was a fairly cold grey day. We returned back to the Cowdray Cafe via Easebourne Lane where we stopped for refreshments. The last leg was back down to Cowdray ruins and then up the Causeway to the car park. Probably over 6 miles.
Gathering in the car park, Midhurst.
Fields just above Easebourne.
Walk leader resting.
Lovely old mossy wall
Time for a break
Now, let's just see how far we can get with our eyes shut.
OK, you can open your eyes, we're going this way!
Sun trying hard to shine, but not succeeding.
Well deserved break.
Please excuse spikes in the mapping. Over 6 miles.
Peter’s bubble walk started at Benbow Pond off the A272 between Easebourne and Lodsworth turn-offs, ambling across open farmland and woodland with lovely long reaching views, stopping at Lodsworth Church for coffee break, then on to Leggitt Hill, through Lodsworth village and cross country back to Benbow Pond just before the rain started, a good 5 mile walk, just what we all needed after lockdown.
Benbow Pond. with Memorial Temple erected in 2000 in memory of the late Viscount Cowdray the Third.
There's no hiding place for some.
The Church of St Peter, Lodsworth, 12 or13th Century
Home to Ranulph Fiennes?
Back to Benbow Pond
Jean led a walk around the backroads of Bramshott, a walk of many interesting parts. From the memorials to Canadian soldiers once stationed nearby to extraordinary sculptures in a garden. One house was particularly interesting - the man who sold eggs! Buried up the end of a dead end lane the owner told the recent story of the house. Apparently the original cottage is very old and belonged to the Arundel estate, which seems a bit odd. It was on a lease for 10,000 years and the rent was an annual red rose. Someone was living in it when the egg man bought it 12 years ago, but he says it was in a dreadful state and not really fit for human habitation. He did all the work on it himself to get it to state it is now in and even used wood from the oak trees nearby! The weather managed to stay dry till the end of the walk - about 5 miles.
I think we'll go that way.
Passfield Manor 1
Passfield Manor 2
Plenty of painted stones on Conford Common.
Boot testing at Conford
The pump outside the house of the egg man.
Restoration egg man!
Two dancers suddenly appear on the lawn.
Boathouse at Conford Park Farm.
Not the normal horse - anyone know the name for the breed?