Mud was a memorable feature on the five mile walk last Thursday morning. Most of the footpaths were dry and dusty but one, always flooded in winter, had yet to dry out. Fortunately, there was a well-beaten path, created as a result of desperation I imagine, along the top of the bank next to it. An observant person near the back of our group of twenty-two spotted it and the rest, noting the struggle of those in front, climbed up the bank and followed.
We set off from the NT car park at Hydon Heath and headed for the top of Hydon’s Ball where we paused to admire the view. Continuing past the Robertson memorial, we crossed the field by Fourteen Acre Copse to Hambledon church and joined the Greensand Way. We branched off this on a bridleway towards Hambledon Hurst but soon turned off to pass Oakhurst Cottage and reach the village shop by the cricket pitch where we stopped for refreshment.
We rejoined the GSW to cross Hambledon Common before turning north on a bridleway to Buss’s Common, turned east to Hambledon Road, crossed this and took a footpath to Court Farm where we joined the GSW and continued on this to Vann Hill. Here we took a bridleway NE, turned left at the junction with the next bridleway and headed back to the car park.
Map: OS X 133