Midhurst Footpath Companions
Walking in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.

Chalton Day Walk 8th May 2019

With rain bucketting down north of Petersfield, Jennifer's walk was very much in doubt. However by the time we had booted up in Compton it had stopped for the day and we walked in very pleasant conditions. We saw more deer near Compton before crossing fields to above West Marden and then walking down to the church at Idsworth. St Huberts Church has many wall paintings dating back to 1330. However, later in that same century the entire village was wiped out by successive episodes of the Plague and all signs of the original Anglo Saxon village have long since been ploughed over. After ducking under the railway line (built in the 1840s)  we ascended Chalton Down to reach the Red Lion at Chalton for lunch. Well refreshed, we took a more direct route back to Compton via Cowdown Farm. The walk was about 7.1/2 miles.