Hambledon Ramblers

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Why not enjoy exploring beautiful Surrey and West Sussex countryside in delightful company.

Hambledon Ramblers organize two walks every month, a longer walk of between 8 and 10 miles on the second Tuesday in the month and a shorter walk of 4 or 5 miles on the fourth Tuesday in the month.

Interested in joining us? Further information from Helena Hockridge.  helena@kis-solutions.co.uk   01428 684325

Hambledon Ramblers – Report for May 2018

The short walk on 27th March took in the local area of Hambledon, Enton & Hydon Ball from where we returned via Church Fields.

On 10th April, Alison & Sheelagh led a 7 mile walk starting in the pretty village of Tillington, passing through the vineyards from which there are excellent views over the South Downs (though rather murky on this occasion)! The footpath skirts the impressive Georgian Pitts Hill Estate where building started in 1760. In recent years there has been a big restoration project and now this appears to be extended to the grounds around the house. Much of the walk was through broadleaved woodland where there are carpets of bluebells which will be flowering later in Spring but at the moment the wood anemones are putting on a wonderful show!

We crossed the River Lod, to the other side of the Rother Valley to reach the village of Lodsworth where we had a coffee break on the green outside the Hollist Arms. Some of our party were tempted to supplement their provisions after perusing the cakes on offer at the nearby Village Store.

The return path proved even more wet and muddy and there was some discussion about taking the road loop to Upperton. However, we decided to soldier on the shorter uphill footpath rather than risk being late for our lunch-time booking.

An excellent meal was enjoyed at The Horse Guards Inn, Tillington where Philip and Jane were waiting.

Next Long Walk: 8th May. Meet at VillageHall at 9 a.m

      Short Walk: 22nd May. Meet at Village Hall at 10 a.m.

Interested in joining us? Further information from Helena Hockridge.  helena@kis-solutions.co.uk   01428 684325

 

 

 

2017 WALKS:

On June 13th, in perfect weather , warm with blue skies, nine of us set out from Easebourne.

We crossed the Goodwood Golf Course and quickly came across the Queen Elizabeth Oak. This is one of the oldest in England being 800-1000 years old and 12.8 metres in girth. It was from here that Queen Elizabeth 1st is said to have used a bow and arrow.
We then walked along country paths to Lodsworth and upwards and back through forest paths. As it was hot we were allowed two breaks!
Returning to Easebourne we passed a wooden memorial at the side.It was known as Nathan’s post, and carried the words “He does not die who can bequeath some influence to the land he knows”. The condition of the land was obvious from the strength of the crops.
Lunch was very welcome at the White Horse,which is famed for the size of its meat pies.
Thank you Richard for another glorious day.

 

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