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.
Further details are available from:
Derek Miller Tel: 01428 684362
Tuesday June 14
Meet at the Village Hall at 0900
Tuesday June 28
Meet at the Village hall 2.30
MAY HAMBLE RAMBLE
May’s Hamble Ramble was on the first wet day for quite some time and immediately after some of the loveliest and warmest of early May days. Nevertheless six ‘brave’ souls not afraid of dissolving or otherwise laid low by virus met as usual and drove to the picturesque village of Thursley. The walk was devised by Rog who led us through the misty damp morning to the church of St Michael & All Angels and the tomb of the unknown sailor murdered and robbed by three men in 1786. The crime seemed particularly heinous as the sailor had earlier generously treated the men to supper in the Red Lion at Thursley. From the church we made our way up the old sunken London Portsmouth coaching road and after crossing the old A3 took the diversion to the top of Gibbet Hill. This is so called because it is where the three murderers were executed and the bodies left hanging for three years as a warning to all.
The marvellous views all around from the vantage point had to be imagined as the only thing visible from the top of Gibbet Hill was well … the top of Gibbet Hill. We didn’t let this upset us for too long and headed for the Punchbowl café. It was while in the café that the weather cleared up, stopped mucking about and rained properly. As we began the next stage of the walk, there were at last good views of the Punchbowl through the now steady rain. We splashed north via the memorial to brothers Laurance and Norman Robertson who died in the First World War. Their brother William Alexander Robertson left a considerable amount of money to The National Trust to purchase Sutton House in London and several tracts of land including The Punchbowl and Hydon’s Ball. A condition was that on each site a specified memorial should be erected.
We returned to Thursley via Ridgeway and Hedge Farms by which time small gaps had appeared in the clouds. After getting back to our cars we repaired to The Barn in Elstead for lunch and to begin drying out. An enjoyable walk despite the conditions, or perhaps even because of them.