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
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
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?
About 4.1/2 mile
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).
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.