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SWC Free Walk 100, Amberley to Arundel. 23/7/12.
A fine 14 miles of walking in The South Downs area, covering some different territory to Book 1, Walk 32, though with some unavoidable, reverse repetition. Starting out from Amberley station, the walker is soon crossing over the River Arun, a regular companion today, for the riverside walk into Arundel Park. This is familiar terrain from Book 1, Walk 32, though in reverse. Lunch is had in Arundel, where there are numerous possibilities. After lunch, the walk crosses back over The Arun, through the small villages of Wepham and Burpham and then follows the valley back into Amberley. Thereafter, it's more valley walking, with some delightful scenery, for the return into Arundel. A great walk, with some wonderful views, aided and abetted by some lovely weather today. Has the potential to be very muddy in places, and had some very overgrown sections today. Might be useful to wear some midge cream in season as this is their homeland!
SWC Free Walk 19, 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.
SWC Free Walk 49, Cholsey to Goring. 19/6/11.
A 14 mile walk through the undulating hills of South Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Within five minutes of leaving Cholsey station, the walker is in open countryside, soon passing through Aston Tirrold before lunch in Blewbury. Thereafter, it's a gentle climb uphill to The Ridgeway, passing a number of horse gallops on the way. After some lovely views from up on high, it's into Unhill Wood for the gentle walk down to The Thames, via Moulsford. From there, a gentle riverside stroll along The Thames Path takes the walker back into Goring.
SWC Free Walk 70, Part 3, Wells-Next-The-Sea to Cley-Next-The-Sea. 7/2/12.
Another bracing 10 miles in the snow and fantastic scenery of North Norfolk. Unfortunately though, this is only a short snapshot of this section as said weather drained my camera battery quicker than anticipated! Leaving Wells, the walker is soon in familiar marshland surroundings; delightfully remote and tranquil today! After a short respite for a hot drink in the hostelry at Stiffkey, there's more marshland walking through to Morston and then on to Blakeney. Intensely bitter Easterly winds killed this walker's camera battery somewhere around Blakeney Eye, meaning no windmill at Cley in this video. Next time! Another lovely day's walking, despite the chill, providing some less frequently seen snowy views of the coastline here.
SWC Free Walk 82, Hayes to Knockholt. 16/2/13.
Yet another of those surprisingly rural walks within TFL zones 5 and 6, with this one being 10 miles in north-west Kent. Within five minutes of leaving the suburban Hayes station, the walker is into the countryside on Hayes Common and then into some lovely mixed woodland. Then, it's on past Keston village, joining 'The London Loop' path, through more woods and on to Keston Ponds. 'Wilberforce Oak' is past shortly after, with the village of Downe, coming not long after this. An early lunch is possible here. Pressing on though, the walker passes Darwin's former home, Down House, before crossing fields, and arriving at the high point of the walk (175m), the village of Cudham, where lunch is taken. There's a choice of the recommended pub, where some fine views can be had opposite, or a bench in the local park, as here. Recharged, it's on across some more fields, with distant views of Canary Wharf, before some quiet lane walking to reach Rushmore Hill. A golf course is crossed shortly before reaching the station at Knockholt.
SWC Freewalk 70, Part 1: Hunstanton to Brancaster. 21/2/11.
A bracing 10 miles (though my pedometer recorded only 7 miles! 4.5 hours of walking would indicate at least 11 miles) along the Norfolk Coast Path (minus the inland section beyond Thornham). Relatively straightforward though it's not possible to do the 'beach route' beyond Titchwell unless you get the tide at it's lowest point; I did, and even then, one of the creeks was only just passable. A 1:25000 map might be better if doing this beach route. (Some wind interference).
SWC Freewalk 96, 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.
swcwalks swcwalk 116, Wendens Ambo Circular. 27/10/17.
Almost 15 miles of walking on a glorious Autumn day in the chalky uplands of North-West Essex. There's picturesque thatched cottages in attractive villages; rolling hills; wooded greenways and some good examples of 'pargeting' ( a medieval plastering method). Lunch is had at Chrishall church, one of a number of attractive churches on the walk. This is also close to the highest point in Essex (147m, 482ft), offering views down the 'winding valley' that gives Wendens Ambo' its name. Thereafter, the Icknield Way is followed to Elmdon, with views across the Cambridgeshire Plain, followed by more field boundaries, another crossing of the noisy M11, prior to the descent back into Wendens Ambo. A very decent walk, marking the last longer one before the onset of GMT. Always a sad occasion for this walker...
Time Out Walks, Book 1, Walk 22, Haslemere Circular. 24/7/13
Another trip around this very pleasant 9 miler in the Surrey countryside. Shortly after leaving the rail station, it's not long before the walker is entering the South Downs National Park, though much of the land surrounding the town is National Trust owned anyway. The morning section is mainly delightful mixed woodland walking prior to reaching the village of Fernhurst for the suggested lunch time stop. After lunch, the scenery is still pleasingly wooded, but with more heathland as the walker ascends past the 'Temple of Winds' (well worth the additional detour!) and onto the highest point in the National Park (and Sussex!), the 919 feet (280m) of Black Down. A great shorter walk that is a delight at any time of the year.
Time Out Walks, Book 1, Walk 25, Rye to Hastings. 5/7/10.
Around 15 miles of walking through the East Sussex Countryside. The walk follows the River Brede for lunch at Icklesham before joining the coast at Cliff End. Then it's along the clifftops (where they haven't yet eroded!) of the Hastings Country Park on to Hastings.
Time Out Walks, Book 1, Walk 33, Mortimer to Theale. 18/3/13.
And so to the final walk of the series in Book 1, and what a walk this Berks/Hants 13 miler turned out to be! It has now superseded previous contenders as the wettest walk this walker has done to date! The writing was on the wall shortly after leaving Mortimer station and crossing Foundry Brook; further evidence then came to light walking alongside the meadows of the brook. Then, there was hope as the walker ascended away from the brook towards the amphitheatre and former Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum, and so on to lunch at Silchester. Thereafter, there was some further respite from the wet stuff with a pleasant walk through a pine forest, but, then, upon reaching the gorse and birch of Padworth Common, the warning signs of what was to follow were evident. Shortly after passing Padworth Church, and looking out over the terrain ahead around Aldermaston Wharf, it was clear that the route was impassible due to flooding. Consequently, a short section of the walk, including the Kennet Weir and the Alder Bridge centre couldn't be filmed. Instead, this walk resumes at the church and on through the grounds of Padworth College to Lodge Farm. Shortly after a brief road walk, the walker rejoins the canalside extension to Theale for the very wet finale! A very pleasant and varied walk, despite the dampness underfoot. The section of road walking in the middle should be re-routed, but otherwise a delightful day out!
Time Out Walks, Book 1, Walk 35, Crowhurst to Battle. 7/6/10.
Around 11.7 miles of walking in the East Sussex countryside. The morning section passes through the woods and golf course of Beauport Park, through Whiteland Wood and on to the village of Westfield for lunch. The afternoon route is mainly alongside streams or the River Brede, and passes through the parkland of Pestalozzi Childrens' Village on towards Battle.
Time Out Walks, Book 1, Walk 39, Manningtree Circular. 8/6/09.
This 9.3 mile walk goes through 'Constable Country' in the Stour Valley; from Manningtree, the walk heads west towards Dedham Heath and then on to Dedham for lunch. After lunch, it's on towards Stratford St Mary, then eastwards to East Bergholt, and then Flatford Mill. (Mobile phone quality).
Time Out Walks, Book 1, Walk 52, Princes Risborough to Wendover. 8/3/10.
A straightforward 10 mile walk, mainly along the Ridgeway. Undulating, through high beech woods and chalk downlands, prior to lunch in Great Kimble. The afternoon section passes close to the PM's country pad at Chequers, then up to Coombe Hill for some great views of Aylesbury Vale before descending down to Wendover. (Mobile phone quality).
Time Out Walks, Book 2, Walk 29, Hastings to Winchelsea. 29/6/09.
This 11.8 mile walk officially ends at Rye, but this walker terminated at Winchelsea and got a bus back to Hastings, as the full walk is done in reverse elsewhere. Fine clifftop views are had almost from the outset; there's a naturist beach at Fairlight, before the walk turns inland for lunch at Pett Level. Hereafter, the walking is much easier across marshland onto Winchelsea. (Mobile phone quality).
SWC Walk 224: Kingham to Moreton in Marsh via Adlestrop (extended to Chipping Campden).
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