Rain was forecast for early this morning, and heavy rain at that. However, not a drop fell in the area. This was fortunate for the eighteen on the six mile walk because the neck-high bracken that lined one footpath would, if wet, have soaked everyone. The long grass in a field near Prestwick that the leader struggled through on her recce last week had, to her delight, been cut and collected into bales. The only hazard she spotted on the walk were two sluggish horse-flies which showed interest in the legs of someone else.
We met by the village green in Chiddingfold, as did a group from the National Trust, and headed west past the church, across The Downs, past Langhurst Manor Farm, Prestwick and Little Prestwick Farm and reached the outskirts of Grayswood. Here we turned south on a bridleway by the sewage works. This took us to a footpath near Imbhams Farm where we turned east and headed back to Chiddingfold via Frillinghurst Farm, Furzefield and a footpath that passed Langhurst Manor. We continued uphill across a field and rejoined the footpath we’d taken earlier. From here we retraced our steps to Chiddingfold.
It was a hot day. By the end of the walk several were wilting.
Map:OS X 133