This might have been the last warm dry day this year. Nineteen of us made the most of the weather and set off in the afternoon from the car park on Church Lane, Witley. As we passed the entrance to the church we noticed tables covered with cakes. It was the annual Gift Day collection: free refreshments for a donation to church funds.
The five mile route took us over the A283, across the recreation ground by the Chichester Hall, along a footpath that went under the railway line and joined a bridleway that led to the Greensand Way. We followed this to Hambledon church where we stopped for a short break. The church is usually locked but just as we arrived a woman unlocking the side door opened the main door so we could look inside.
Leaving the church we left the GSW and headed for Hydon’s Ball where we paused to admire the view before continuing on the footpath to meet a bridleway and turn left on this. Continuing west we crossed Hambledon Road, walked through the golf course, passed Great Enton and reached the A283 again in Witley. Several of us stopped for tea and cakes at the church stall. This was a good end to a pleasant walk.
A remarkable feature on the walk, apart from the unexpected tea and cake, was a resurfaced footpath near the golf course. Up to a few weeks ago this stretch of path was notoriously muddy all year. Now a ditch has been dug to one side and the path covered in scalpings.
Maps: OS X 133, 145