With the start of another lockdown and the prospect of no bubble walks for 4 weeks, it was only fair that we were given a perfect autumn day to finish this session. There was frost on the ground but clear sunshine all morning.
Pauline's bubble of six walked from South Pond towards Todham Rough and Heyshott Common where the area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), continuing on just a small part of the 64 mile long Serpent Trail, (so named because of its shape) to Dunford Hollow and then back to the cars, having covered just over five miles.
Car park start, Isabel looking a shadow of herself
Cowdray Castle from the New Lipchis Way
One's thatch should always be well maintained!
Coffee stop with the autumn colours all around.
Time for a break
Horses, just chillin'.
Nice old plough.
A special window on the world.
Nearing the end of the walk.
Just over 5 miles.
Marians walk started from the car park at the end of Woolbeding Lane where we welcomed several guests from Peter's Bubble.
A frosty start over the meadow beyond Woolbeding Bridge and then up the small hill above the Rother as far as Stedham Mill.
Here we stopped for refreshments which included small amounts of a delicious alcoholic nip to sustain us through the forthcoming lockdown. Thanks Mary! After a wander though Stedham village we traversed the polo fields before entering The Severals and Midhurst Common..
A lovely walk with good company - a great way to end the current season.
Crossing Woolbeding Bridge. Despite some repair work and alteration, Woolbeding Bridge survives in a good state of preservation. It is a fine example of a medieval multi-span bridge, largely unaltered, of which fewer than 200 still exist.
Probably too late to try fertilizer...
Receiving instructions from our leader.
Stedham Mill, C18th or C19th House. Mill originally used for the manufacture of blotting paper - there's a blast from the past!
Stedham Mill, sluice gates open so we could stand around the stepping stones.
What a great still day.
Mary, showing off her latest fascinator.
Some idiot looking for goldfish.
Leaving the Mill
Hollow Yew in Stedham churchyard.
Crossing the Polo grounds
Plants ignores the pandemic, thank goodness.
Sunset Hill on Midhurst Common.
About 4.1/2 miles.