Thunderstorms were forecast from mid morning onwards. Fortunately, there were none until we’d finished the five mile walk, had lunch in the nearby garden centre and driven home.
Thirteen arrived for the walk. We met in the small parking area off Church Lane near the infants’ school (closed for half term). Light drizzle started just before we set off but didn’t last long. Those wearing waterproofs were soon wetter inside than outside.
We headed west, turned south to pass the derelict buildings of Winkford Farm, passed Parsonage Farm, joined the Greensand Way briefly to Brook, walked on a track through Heath Hills, stopped for coffee at the Pirrie Hall and sat in comfort on the veranda. It would have been peaceful but for the groundsman on a noisy mower cutting the grass.
After coffee we headed east on footpaths and part of the GSW, turned north near Witley station, walked past King Edward’s School and Bridewell Park, once the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, and continued on the pavement by the A283 back to Church Lane.
Map: OS OL33 (X 133)