We had a very pleasant walk from Benbow Pond to Lodsworth and back. The weather was very pleasant and after some tramping though fields of maize we eventually reached Lodsworth village. We turned down Church Lane after passing the house where E.H.Shepherd, Winnie the Pooh illustrator lived, towards Lodsworth Church, which contains an amazing tapestry. Further down the lane is Well Cottage, once the home of Ranulph Fiennes and his mother. The well is reputed to cure blindness but it is not recommended. After making our way back up Vicarage Lane, we met 2 villagers, both of whom had worked on the tapestry. We had a pleasant stop for coffee outside the Hollist Arms, where some of us later enjoyed a very nice lunch. Refreshed, we walked through Vining Copse before reaching Vining Farm, whereupon we turned down a sunken lane that took us back to Benbow Pond.
Memorial to the Third Viscount of Cowdray who died in 2000, at Benbow
Black swans at Benbow
Climbing up the hill.
Heading down Heath End Lane.
Lovely view across to the South Downs
I think it's down this way......
or it could be that way!
Don't worry, I'll beat a way through.
That's much better!
Careful, we're being watched!
Aha, we've managed to shake off the maize at last
St Peter's Church
Inside, a huge tapestry depicting houses in the village. The one above is Well Cottage, the lady to the left must be a phantom!
Well Cottage for sale at £1.75m, however, it needs very deep pockets to restore it.
Looking at the tapestry.
Hidden in a hedge is St Peter's Well.
Very good coffee stop where we serenaded a birthday girl in 4 languages!
Heading back to Benbow pond
About 5 miles
Peter's group walked from near the Trotton Gate Garage.