A selection of reports from our recent events are shown below
Preston Candover Walk -
Starting from Preston Candover to Bradley to join the Three Castles Path to Ellisfield and a good lunch at the Fox PH. Then over the hill to the Farleigh Park estate and the scenic valley track from “Bedlam Bottom” down to the thatched Bermondspit House (shown in the picture) Then to Moundsmere Farm and Oak Hill Lane back to Preston Candover. (11 miles)
New Year’s Day Walk -
Starting from the Walbury Hill following the Ridgeway west past Combe Gibbet on to Buttermere stopping at St James church, one of the smallest in Wiltshire for our coffee break. Then along Buttermere bottom to the activity centre at Linkenholt where we took shelter from the rain to eat lunch. A stiff climb back up Combe Hill to the car park rounded off the walk. (10 miles)
Starting from Oliver’s Battery on the south side of Winchester, over Compton Down to St Cross and across the river Test to St Catherine’s Hill. Then along the former Railway line, over the Hockley Viaduct, ducking under the M3 to follow the river to Shawford for lunch at the pub. Then back via Compton End to the car park. (9 miles)
Old Sarum Walk -
Starting from Old Sarum heading north onto the Monarch’s Way and then crossing the river Avon at Lower Woodford. Then south and over the river again at Little Durnford bridge to see the camels, llamas and goats at Home Farm. Back via Little Durnford Manor for lunch at Old Sarum and then a circular walk via the Avon Valley Nature Reserve in the afternoon. (10 miles)
Writer’s Walk -
Starting from Chawton this was a new walk with a writers theme following in the footsteps of Jane Austen, Gilbert White and William Cobbett -
“Bus” Walk -
Starting from Winchester Broadway on the No 93 vintage bus in Southdown livery to Twyford Waterworks. Then following the Monarch’s Ways to Owslebury stopping by the church for “elevenses”. On via Baybridge to join the Allan King Way and lunch by the bluebells in Bushy Copse. Back by way of Cheesefoot Head and Chilcomb into Winchester to complete the 10 miles.
Cheriton and River Itchen -
Starting from the village green in Cheriton, and heading west onto the South Downs Way. Then north to Avington Manor and through Hampage Wood and down to the River Itchen at Itchen Stoke where we stopped for lunch. A further refreshment stop was made at the Bush Inn at Ovington, before setting off again taking the King’s Way to Tichborne and then making our way across the fields back to Cheriton to complete exactly 10.37 miles (as measured by the App on Mike’s tablet!)
Hamstead Marshall & Canal -
Starting from the Newbury and heading west on footpaths across the Civil War battlefield and over the A34 bypass towards Enborne Church. Then through the parkland of the Hamstead Marshall estate down to the Kennet and Avon Canal at Marsh Benham. Returning to Newbury along the towpath to complete around 7 miles.
Silchester Trail & Calleva Atrebatum -
Starting from Bramley this 8 mile circular walk was based on one of Basingstoke’s three Heritage trails leading to the Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum at Silchester. At Calleva Atrebatum a circuit was made of the walls and after visiting the amphitheatre, lunch was taken in St Mary the Virgin’s churchyard on the circular bench around the yew tree. The walk was through farmland with some shaded sections through woodland, made interesting by the historical information boards around the route.
Kings Somborne & Farley Mount -
Starting from the Crown Inn in Kings Somborne and taking in a part of the Clarendon Way and over one of the many “Beacon Hills” in Hampshire, this walk was just over 10 miles.
Lunch was taken at Farley Mount Country Park which comprises over 200 acres of broadleaved woodland, hazel coppice with oak/ash overstorey, and rich with woodland flowers.
Around Mottisfont -
A 5 mile walk around the Mottisfont Estate, following well marked paths through the woods with a noticeable spread of plants, passing springs along the small River Dun (leading to small Dunbridge). There were blackberries galore, maize in many fields and quiet lanes with postcard-
Godshill & Breamore House -
A 12.75 mile walk starting from the Godshill Inclosure car park across the River Avon to explore ancient tracks, country estates and historic churches to the north of Fordingbridge, via Breamore and Rockbourne. A stop was made at the Elizabethan Manor Breamore House Tea Shop.
Test Way & Danebury -
A 9 mile walk starting from the West Down nature reserve car park on the Andover -
Around Hurstbourne Tarrant -
A 10 mile walk starting from the Hurstbourne Tarrant Community Centre, climbing south to the top of Hurstbourne Hill and then a clockwise circular route taking in parts of the Brenda Parker Way and Test Way. Lovely views from the top of Rushmore Down where we ate lunch watching the circling Red Kites. Returning via Upton and a stop for tea and cakes at the Tea Cosy Cafe.
Stockbridge and Test Valley -
A 6 mile walk starting from Stockbridge, across the common and south onto the Test Way (the route of the former “Sprat and Winkle” railway line) At the junction of the Clarendon Way we turned right to view the river and then retraced our steps eastwards to the top of the hill with views over King’s Somborne and west as far as Salisbury Plain. Following the lane north past Marsh Court we arrived back in Stockbridge in time for lunch at the Grosvenor Hotel.
Vintage Bus Walk -
The plan was to take a vintage bus from Winchester out to Fisher’s Pond to begin the walk. However that bus took a wrong turn and failed to call at our stop! The next arrival was “Ruby” a 50 year old former luxury long distance coach, driven by her owner and he was going to Otterbourne. We all agreed to get on and John said he would re-