The leaders organised this walk so that we would have time to visit the NT property, particularly the rose garden, afterwards.
Eight of the G & H Rs arrived at the NT car park for the 4½ mile walk. We set off at 10.30; by the time we arrived back at 13.30 the car park was full and the overflow one was almost full. Half an hour after our start we passed a tearoom and felt the need to stop for coffee. A large lardy cake shared between us kept us fortified until lunchtime.
We went along the Monarch’s Way to Kimbridge and over the River Test. Reaching the A3057 we crossed this and continued on the Monarch’s Way to St Mary’s Church, Michelmersh. Near here we saw a red kite fly overhead. We paused to look inside the church before continuing on a footpath that led over a field to Lower Brook and the A3057. A steep slope down to the road had slippery steps with a sturdy metal rail by the side. Unfortunately, most of the length of the rail was overgrown with nettles.
At Lower Brook we rejoined the Monarch’s Way (also the Test Way) and followed this back to Mottisfont. We collected our picnics from our cars and went into the grounds to eat our lunch. An hour later, having looked round the rose garden, we were ready for tea.
Maps: OS X 131, LR 185