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Haslemere Circular Walk | Walks Near London | Olympus E-M5 Mark III Vlog
#swcwalks #book1 #walk22 . Marek Larwood visits Haslemere to undertake the short 8.5 mile Haslemere Circular walk, taking in Fernshurst and Black Down the highest point on the South Downs. The walk is from the Saturday Walkers Club and the route is here: https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/haslemere-circular/ The walk was on January 16th 2020. You can find out more about me and join the walking club on my website: www.mareklarwood.com/walking Or donate a fiver to paypal.me/mareklarwood referencing 'walking'. All proceeds go towards walking videos. Music - Youtube Music Library Waltz to Death - Sir Cubworth E Minor Prelude - Chopin Waltz of the Flowers - Tchaikovsky Walking Gear - Head torch - https://amzn.to/2Ti6AVK Cheaper Head Torch I had before - https://amzn.to/2QNbMPU Rucksack - Abisko Friluft 35 - (this is about half the price on Trekkit, I would probably get an Osprey instead now though) https://amzn.to/3a1f6hW Walking Poles - https://amzn.to/36TkVfC (cheap and have lasted so far) Boots - https://amzn.to/36YYRQo Trousers - https://amzn.to/2FKJv6o Tick Remover - https://amzn.to/2NMWmcw Leukotape (to put on heels to stop blisters) - https://amzn.to/3aDMRq6 Compeed - (an essential to stop blisters) - https://amzn.to/3ayVDW1 Planter Fasciitis Roller - https://amzn.to/2GiPYp6 Trigger Point Massage Ball - https://amzn.to/37l4YyH Camera Stuff (if you buy any stuff and use these links I get a kickback but you don't get charged anything). Olympus OMD E-M5 MkIII - https://amzn.to/2MUxH5d Olympus 9-18mm f4.0-5.6 - https://amzn.to/36oQsWs Camera Strap - https://amzn.to/36oQsWs Memory Card - https://amzn.to/2ZX4MTt Rode VideoMicro - https://amzn.to/36re3Wt Tripod - https://amzn.to/36YYvcw Bag - https://amzn.to/2FlALU7 I filmed this on Olympus OMD EM5 Mark III with the 9-18 F4.0-5.6 wide lens. More details on that below. I filmed the video at 4K 30p, I used MIS-1 Stabilisation mode. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below.
Paddock Wood to Yalding. 8/9/19.
This new, 11.7 mile walk in the Medway Valley is not one of this walker's favourites. The first few miles, to Sluice Weir Lock, weren't a 'country' walk at all, and were a reflection of all that's wrong with this country at the moment; litter everywhere, scorch marks on the grass from discarded barbecues and illegal fishing on the river banks. People just don't seem to care and there's no enforcement. This needs to change, if the plastic island in the Pacific is to be reduced and our wild life saved. Thereafter, the walk reflected some of what Kent is better known for; Oasts, Orchards and fields of vegetables. Lunch was had in the church yard at Yalding, with its unusual church tower. There was a nice surprise at the end, with a 'Parish Picnic' in Yalding's community orchard. A decent walk, after the initial 3 miles had elapsed, but one reflecting both the population growth and new housing development in Kent and the difficulty of creating new, true 'country' walks in the South East these days.
Henley via Hambleden Circular. 17/2/18.
Around 9 miles of walking in Berks and Bucks, initially following the wilder, left side of the Thames, which is far better than the busier right bank. Plenty of wild-life on this side and some amazing aerial displays were given by Kites (though not recorded), possibly territorial. Then, up into typical Chiltern beechwoods before descending into the pleasant village of Hambleden. Lunch is had at the village church of St Mary-the-Virgin (resting place of legendary Deep Purple keyboard player, Jon Lord, though I didn't know that at the time!), followed by a further ascent along the side of the valley, with some pleasant views of the previous journey. Then, it's over the thunderous weir at Hambleden Lock, before a gentle climb over Remenham Hill and back into Henley. A very nice walk with a pleasant contrast of river, wood and valley. Some decent weather as well!
Wadhurst via Bewl Water Circular. 14/3/18.
A delightful 10.6 miles of walking in classic Wealden terrain. The Weald is one of this walker's favourite patches in the SE and this walk highlights many of its selling-points, even in the starkness of very early Spring. Bewl Water adds to the local environment, rather than spoiling it, as many Man-made reservoirs often do. A very decent walk with an air of a bygone age about it.
Box Hill SWC Winter Hike, December 2017. GoPro Hero 5 Black.
Nice hike around the beautiful Box Hill, Surrey and it's surroundings. Based on the Box Hill Circular walk from Saturday Walkers Club (had to cut it a bit short due to time constraints). Filmed with GoPro Hero 5 Black Mounted on GoPro Karma Grip. NOTE. seems I messed up the contrast in some scenes. Will re-edit. Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/liamjchad Follow me: https://www.instagram.com/liamchad/ http://twitter.com/liamchad
Pulborough to Petworth. 25/5/13.
Around 16 miles of wonderful walking in a quieter part of the South Downs National Park. The first section of the walk is across a 'gallops' before walking alongside fields. Then, it's across The River Arun before some delightful woodland walking, and then past an old quarry. Soon, the walker comes to Shimmings Valley, for fine views of Petworth ahead, and lunch. Thereafter, there's a number of options around Petworth and it's National Trust owned House and Park. Depending on which one is taken, the walk can either be finished here, or, as in this case, continued back to Pulborough. The return leg incorporates some further wonderful views, often utilising 'The Serpent Trail'. There's a pleasant tea-time stop beside the medieval Stopham Bridge, if required, prior to a short wooded section, with great views, back to the station. Another corker of a walk, aided and abetted by some fine weather! Country Houses/gardens might not be for everyone, including this walker, but the rest of the walk amply compensates!
Great Chesterford to Newport. 26/2/12
This walk of 11.7 miles features a county not often covered by walking guides - Essex. Starting out from Great Chesterford, on the Cambridgeshire borders, the walker is soon into the countryside and the large fields associated with the county. It's mainly through these, and a few woods, before arriving at Saffron Walden for lunch, and, in this case, Bridge End Garden. Thereafter, having viewed the impressive St Mary the Virgin church, there's a pleasant walk through the parkland of Audley End before joining The Harcamlow Way for the journey back to Newport. An easy walk on grassy paths for the most part, but some annoying road walking as well. (The water shortage is clearly highlighted today, with most brooks and smaller tributaries bone dry! And it's still Winter...).
Lewes Circular via Glynde and Southease. 26/8/12.
Another lovely walk through the South Downs. This time, around 13 miles over three ridges that provide excellent views, on a clear day. Starting out in Lewes, the walker is soon up on the Downs, looking back over the town and across the River Ouse to the ridges that will be walked later. After a bracing walk across the first ridge, lunch is taken at Caburn Hill, a former Iron Age Fort. Thereafter, it's down hill into the village of Glynde, across the busy A24 and then back uphill towards the radio masts of Beddingham Hill for the second ridge walk of the day. Following The South Downs Way, the walker eventually descends into the valley and the remote station of Southease. The path goes over the River Ouse again, through Rodmell village before ascending for the final ridge walk of the day, enabling the walker to look back at what's previously been walked. Some delightful scenery. Then, it's a final descent away from the South Downs Way back into Lewes. A great walk that incorporates elements of previous Book 2 walks in the area, improving upon them, if that's possible, with some fine ridge views.
Part 2, Brancaster to Wells-Next-The-Sea. 6/2/12.
A further 12.7 miles of delightful Coast Path walking! Though a joy at any time of time of the year, putting some snow into the mix just adds a little extra something... Initially starting at Wells YHA, the walker is soon on the trusty Norfolk Coast Hopper bus to Brancaster. From there, it's classic Norfolk marshland and sea wall walking right through to Burnham Overy Staithe for lunch. Thereafter, the walker passes more marshland before arriving at the vast expanse of Holkham Beach, popular with bathers and naturists in season. Continuing on, and for variety, this walker chose to walk amongst the pines to the back of this beach before reaching Holkham Gap and the tranquil lane back into Wells. (Some of the birds seen today include Fieldfare, Pink-Footed Goose, Lapwings, Little Egret, Brent Goose and Marsh Harrier).
Ash Vale Circular. 5/6/11.
Around 15 miles of walking through the Surrey countryside. Initially passing the M.O.D rifle ranges at Ash, the walk then follows a section of the Basingstoke Canal to Ash Wharf. From there, it's on to Ash Green, crossing the busy A323, before a walk along a section of the old railway line to Tongham.The walker then climbs up to the North Downs for lunch in the village of Puttenham. After lunch, there's a further section along the North Downs way before a descent down to Broadstreet Common; the walker soon crosses Normandy Common before returning back to Ash Ranges. It should be safe to cross these after 4.30 pm (when the red flags are down) but this walker was forced to take the alternative route back to Ash due to heavy rain. Another very pleasant walk that is generally level, except for the climb up to the Downs. Potential to be muddy.
Frant to Tunbridge Wells. 11/9/11.
13.4 miles of walking through the High Weald of East Sussex and Kent. The morning section involves a gentle climb up to Frant where the walker enjoys some fine views and joins the High Weald Landscape Trail. This is followed through Eridge Park for lunch at Eridge Green. After lunch, the walker passes the sandstone outcrop at Eridge Rocks, the RSPB reserve at Broadwater Warren, and further outcrops at Harrison's Rocks and High Rocks; then, it's past the Jacobean house, Groombridge Place, and up the Grom Valley. Here, the Spa Valley Railway runs alongside the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk, taking the walker into Tunbridge Wells. Another lovely walk (with the exception of the water treatment plant past Groombridge! This section is also quite overgrown...) in the peaceful Weald.
Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway. 23/4/11.
A delightful walk! Just 30 minutes on the train and you're ready to undertake this wonderful 13 miler, mainly following the Greensand Way. The weather, and the aroma produced by the bluebells, helped form my judgement but the scenery would be fantastic at any time of the year. Predominantly woodland walking (helpful on hot, sunny days) there's also some great Southerly views from the Downs, and some classic Wealden meadow walking in the afternoon. Though desert-like conditions underfoot for this walker, this could be a muddy walk in places 'in season'. (Believe the blue flower in this video that I couldn't identify was a Wood Forget-me-Not and, of course, the white flower early on wasn't Anemone but Ramsons).
Netley to Botley, Part 1. 21/11/10.
Around 9 miles from Netley, Hampshire, to Botley on the other side of the River Hamble. Initially passing through Royal Victoria Country Park, then along the rather industrial shoreline of Southampton Water, through the woods of Hamble Common and on to the infamous pink ferry at Warsash. Part 1 finishes for lunch on the opposite bank of the Hamble.
Pluckley Circular. 17/5/10.
A short walk of around 7 miles (extendable to 11, as here) through 'Darling Bud Country'. H.E Bates, who wrote the 'Darling Buds of May', lived in Little Chart Forstal, a lovely hamlet passed on this Low Weald walk. A very easy stroll, as it's mainly flat, but with some great views from the 'perfick' village of Pluckley.
Ramsgate to Margate, Part 2. 21/9/10.
Continuing on from East Cliff, Broadstairs, along the cliff tops to Foreness Point, then descending slowly down into Margate.
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