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SWC Free Walk 167, Chichester to West Wittering, 8/7/13.
This was a lovely 12.5 miles of walking from the cathedral city of Chichester to the West Sussex resort of West Wittering. Utilising the 'New Lipchis Way', the walker is soon passing the old basin in Chichester and walking along the pleasant Chichester Ship Canal, which is still used by pleasure craft as far as the village of Donnington. Beyond here, the canal is more overgrown, but this provides a home to more wildlife; indeed, as the walker enters the marina, the least interesting part of the walk, it even provides a watery home to a number of humans! After the canal enters Chichester harbour, the path moves inland slightly for lunch in the village of West Ichenor. Thereafter, it was much quieter, and very pleasant walking along the shoreline, often under welcome tree cover on this very hot day. Several miles later, the walker arrives at the National Trust's East Head, a classic sand dune spit. Then, it's along West Wittering's busy (even on a non-school holiday Monday!) expanse of sandy beach, prior to a small detour back into the village for a bus back to Chichester. (Though technical difficulties were experienced with the handicam today, it was possible to film some glimpses of the cathedral's famous resident, the Peregrine Falcon! A real bonus to what was a delightful day's walking!).
SWC Free Walk 21, Sevenoaks Circular. 14.12.09.
Around 9.5 miles of walking in the Kent countryside, much of it along the Greensand Way. There are some lovely views of the Weald from the Kent Downs escarpment twixt Ightham and Knole Park. A good bluebell walk, in season. (Mobile phone quality).
SWC Free Walk 25, Southease to Eastbourne. 7/8/11.
Approximately 16.5 miles of walking from the remote station of Southease to the seaside resort of Eastbourne via the South Downs. From the outset, the walk follows the South Downs Way and climbs up to a ridge to reach Firle Beacon, where this walker stopped for lunch, due to a late start. Following the ridge, which is well way-marked, the walker soon arrives in the pretty village of Alfriston. Crossing over the Cuckmere river, there's a further climb over Wilmington Hill to the village of Jevington. From here, there's one final climb for some fine views of Eastbourne and the south coast. The walker has a choice of paths for the finale into Eastbourne. An excellent summer walk (due to the length) with some fine views and which is particularly tranquile east of Alfriston. (Wind affected commentary. The beetle seen was a Dor beetle, aka 'Dumbledor'...).
SWC Free Walk 4, Merstham to Tattenham Corner. 18/11/12
A delightful walk of around 10 miles on the southern fringes of London. Starting out from Merstham station, which is just beyond zone 6, the walker is soon on the North Downs Way and into Gatton Park, which was landscaped by 'Capability Brown'. The hum of the M25 is never far away on this section, but as the walker ascends into woodland, so the hum diminishes, and there are some lovely views to compensate. The M25 is soon crossed for a possible lunch stop in the village of Mogador, and the drone is soon left behind. Crossing over Banstead Heath, the walker soon reaches familiar territory (Free Walk ) at Walton on the Hill, where lunch is had. Thereafter, the walk crosses over Walton Downs to reach Epsom Downs racecourse, and the short walk to the zone 6 station at Tattenham Corner. Another excellent shorter walk for the winter/spring months that affords some fine views and little financial outlay; just the tonic for these austerity times!
SWC Free Walk 52, Clacton-on-Sea to Walton-on-the-Naze. 2/10/11.
Two walks for the price of one here as the walker has combined Free Walks 52 and 98 to make a coastal walk of around 14 miles. This is the recommended way to do these walks, in this walker's opinion, as they complement one another and make the journey East worthwhile. The walk from Clacton is a straight-forward one along the coast path. Walton-on-the-Naze makes a useful lunch stop, being 7 miles in, whilst the walk around the Naze makes for a more pleasant and peaceful contrast. Unfortunately, the tide conspired against a visit to Stone Point, but the circuit around the Naze was scenic enough. A nice walk of contrasts, particularly on a gorgeous day like this one. (The bird seen towards the end of the walk is believed to be the rare Marsh Warbler).
SWC Free Walk 57, Guildford via Chantries Hill Circular. 1/4/12.
Yet another cracking day of walking! This time about 14 miles in the hinterland of the Surrey town of Guildford and the Surrey Hills AONB. Leaving the station, the walk follows the River Wey Navigation, then, briefly,The North Downs Way before ascending Chantries Hill on the Pilgrim's Way for some fine views and, in season, delightful bluebell woods (just appearing today). Rejoining the North Downs Way, the walker climbs steadily for lunch, and further fine views, at the hilltop church of St Martha's. Thereafter, it's a steady descent into Albury (possible pub lunch here) on The Downs Link path and then on to the sandy heathlands and woods of Blackheath. Soon, the walk follows what appears to be a former railway line beside the River Wey and the walk back into Guildford. A lovely walk of contrasts, aided and abetted by some delightful April weather. Unlike the recent Essex walk, no shortage of water in this part of Surrey! (Still believe the 'mysterious bird' is a Nuthatch, based on its beak and a glimpse of orange flank).
Time Out Walks, Book 1, Walk 30, Wivenhoe Round Walk. 6/9/09.
An interesting 8.7 mile walk in Essex that involves a ferry crossing over the Colne. This means that the walk is only really possible at weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays between Easter and the end of October when the ferry operates. (Mobile phone quality).
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 47, Ockley to Warnham. 2/2/13.
This was an incredibly wet walk! All 10.3 miles, from beginning to end...rivers of mud! It was also an incredibly attractive walk, spoilt only by the incessant hum of jets in the background. The morning section is one of crossing fields, and some wonderful woodland walking, though pretty slippy underfoot today. Just in time for lunch, the splendidly located Parish Church of St John the Baptist pops up in the middle of a wood; well worth a visit! Thereafter, it's on past the suggested lunch time hostelry in Walliswood prior to more meadow and woodland walking in the afternoon. The Berghaus boots passed their water-proof tests to make this a very relaxing walk, though it would have been even more so had it not been for Gatwick! Take this noise away, and St John's would be a very spiritual place indeed.
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 1, Walk 6, Liphook to Haslemere. 4/1/10.
Around 9.5 miles of walking through Hampshire and Surrey, almost entirely through woodland, where there's even a priory! Lunch is by the green in Fernhurst; the afternoon section crosses streams in the forest, then passes through Valewood Park before arriving in Haslemere. (Mobile phone quality).
Time Out Walks, Book 2, Walk 13, Guildford to Gomshall, Part 2. 27/9/10.
Part 2 continues after lunch with a climb up onto The Downs, walking along The North Downs Way, before descending into Gomshall.
Cookham Xmas fair carols
'walking in a (Christmas) winter wonderland' - brass & wind band.
Saxon Shore Way Day 5. Herne Bay to Sandwich.
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