A surprise on this morning’s 6½ mile walk (billed as 5½ miles) was for us to find the large car park where we met in Peaslake (Hurtwood car park 2) almost full. The area is popular with cyclists who, it seems, get up much earlier than walkers.
We set off west through a gate up the narrow footpath by the pub (which made for easy counting the number in the group, 23) and then turned NE on another footpath to pass Hazel Hall and join a lane. Here we turned left, continued east on the lane, reached a wider road, crossed this and took a footpath that reached a narrow lane, turned left and then took a footpath on the right that went along the NE side of Tenningshook Wood. We passed the car park near the youth hostel and reached Holmbury St Mary where we stopped for refreshment by the village hall.
The leaders then took us east up a steep slope. We walked past the edge of the cricket pitch, joined the Greensand Way and followed this to the top of Holmbury Hill. It was such a clear day that we could see The Shard and other tall buildings in London. We then went on rather a zig-zag route through the Hurt Wood to pass a reservoir, cross Radnor Road, go down a steep slope, pass Gasson Farm, climb up another steep slope before descending gently on a bridleway into the car park on the outskirts of Peaslake.
Maps:OS X 145, 146