We walked under a cloudless sky. It was like a summer’s day apart from the lack of leaves on trees. Twenty-eight arrived in the car park in Chalton for the start of the first walk. (There were thirty names on the register; one couple, it turned out, had signed twice. Fortunately, the leader counted bodies rather than names.) We set off with sunglasses, sun hats, suncream and shorts.
The morning walk was six miles. We headed south on the Staunton Way to Finchdean where we stopped for coffee. The haze of recent days had cleared so the views were superb. From Finchdean we turned north on the road and took a footpath by the railway line. This went over fields and through woodland to pass near the chapel of St Hubert at Idsworth. The footpath crossed over a road and continued north. We turned left on another footpath that took us the Finchdean road where we turned left and then branched right on a footpath that led back to Chalton.
After an extended stop for lunch in Chalton (service at the pub was slow) seventeen of us stayed for the afternoon’s four mile walk. The route was east along the Sussex Border Path to a bridleway near Ladyholt and then south on this to reach Cowdown Lane. We turned west on this and headed back to Chalton over the railway line and on a footpath that joined the Staunton Way.
Map: OS X 120