There was a record turnout (over 40) when the leader lead this walk last year. Today, no doubt to her relief, only 26 arrived for the 6½ mile walk.
We filled the car park by Hesworth Common and set off northwards to cross the A283 and take a footpath across fields near Fittleworth House. Reaching a lane we turned right and entered Little Bognor. Here the leader stopped to let us admire a particularly attractive garden before she turned right onto a footpath. Typically, about half the group failed to notice the leader standing by the garden wall and carried on along the lane. The rest looked over the wall at the plants and shrubs in flower. Fortunately, someone spotted the unobservant ones disappearing round a bend and summoned them back.
From Little Bognor we headed to Amen past bright yellow fields of oilseed rape, turned left at a lane, walked on it past Lithersgate Common and turned right on a drive (footpath) that led to Springs Farm. We stopped by the drive for our coffee break.
Continuing on the footpath we joined a bridleway, turned right and followed it to Harwoods Green. Goats in a field looked up as we walked past. We stayed on the lane from Harwoods Green, paused to look inside the church at Stopham, continued to the A283, crossed it, turned right (west), walked along the grass verge to a minor lane on the left, followed this past Wyncombe Hill, turned left on a footpath to Lower Fittleworth, turned right, took a lane on the left by the pub and then turned right on a footpath that took us back to the car park.
The weather was cool and cloudy with occasional sunny periods. Paths were dry and dusty. Woods were full of bluebells, more than we’d seen so far this spring.
Maps: OS X 121, 134