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West Grimstead Walking Group.

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Village Walking Group.

The West Grimstead Walking Group was formed in February 2008 by several villagers who felt they could do with some exercise, but didn’t fancy the gym, a keep-fit class didn’t appeal, and they didn’t care to walk on their own. So – they thought it would be a good idea to get together to take some exercise. They do not go in for strenuous hikes, but walks at a steady pace on a regular basis, stopping at a local pub for a drink and something to eat.

The group meets once a month and walks start at West Grimstead Village Hall where everyone meets at 10.00am.

 Our Walking Group welcomes people of surrounding villages to walk with them…

They are great doggie people too – they already have four canine members – so do bring your pooch along, he or she will be very welcome.

If you would like to join any of our walks, – you don’t have to walk every time, just come along when you can – or would like information about the group, please contact Gwynneth Doran (01722 710124) or Janice Ford (01722 710805).

You will be very welcome!

2018- WEST GRIMSTEAD WALKING GROUP

In February, we drove to Houghton and parked in the car park at the Boot Inn. Leaving the car park, we crossed the road and turned right into a footpath along the back of houses with trees on our left coming out to open grassland with a field on our left. Going through a gate, we followed the footpath into open country stopping from time to time as we walked to admire the beautiful views across the surrounding countryside. Continuing on our way, we eventually turned left. The footpath led to a stile which we negotiated and walked on along the path which went downwards between hedges. We stopped to read the direction stone and marker explaining the various directions the walk could take after which we followed the path and came to a flight of steps on our left-hand side which took us up a bank and on to the Monarch’s Way/Clarendon Way. The land rose gradually with trees on our right and eventually ended at a farm gate. Going through the gate, our route took us past a farmyard and gradually downhill. We turned left and followed the path past the back of houses turning right at the end and rejoining the path on which we started out which took us back to the Boot Inn and a delicious lunch. Despite a bitterly cold wind, the sun was shining and we all very much enjoyed the walk including Tegan, one of our canine members, who found plenty to interest her in the leaf litter. A big Thank You to Dave and Sarah Anderson who organised and led the walk. Our next walk will be on Wednesday 28 March and, for the moment, all our walks will be on Wednesday as explained below.

Our usual format has been to walk alternately on Mondays and Wednesdays. However, owing to the difficulties of a) finding pubs open on Monday and b) finding pubs open on Monday which sell food, we decided to let Monday go and to walk on Wednesday. However, appreciating that this arrangement is not convenient for everyone, in the future, we will be looking at adding another day. Consequently, at the present time, the dates for our walks will be:

Wednesday 25 April                Wednesday 30 May                    Wednesday 27 June Wednesday 25 July                    We don’t meet in August       Wednesday 25 September        Wednesday 31 October Wednesday 28 November         We take the 2019 New Year’s Day walk as our December walk.

Our walks begin at 10.00am from West Grimstead Village Hall so if you would like to join us, just come along – you will be very welcome. For information about the group, please contact Gwynneth

Doran (710124) or Janice Ford (710805).

2017.

In September, we drove to the Woodlands Lodge Hotel, Bartley from where we commenced our walk. A gate in the hedge of the hotel’s grounds led us into the New Forest where our route took us across common land to the road. Walking along the road a little way, we turned right on to a gravel track through woodland. Turning left on to another gravel track, we followed the path uphill with woods on either side, eventually turning right. Following the path, we then turned left and then right. We continued for some way before turning sharp right into woodland and, following a circular course along tracks and through woodland, we returned to the common land we had crossed on our way out, back through the gate and into the hotel’s grounds returning to the hotel where we had a good lunch. During our walk, we met three ladies with their dogs who made friends with Tegan, our canine member, and passed a horse and trap which drove by. We all agreed it had been an enjoyable walk, especially Tegan who enjoyed all the interesting smells she found in the undergrowth and was very intrigued by three pigs she saw. Thank you to Peter and Janice Ford for organising and leading the walk.

The report on the October walk will be in the December issue. Our next walk will take place on Monday 27 November.

Our July meeting was rained off and, as we didn’t meet in August, we next met in September and a report of this walk will be in the next issue. This month’s walk will take place on Wednesday 25 October.

2016.

Dates of meetings. (Meet at Village hall 10am.)

Monday 25 April ,    Monday 26 September,  Wednesday 25 May, Monday 27th June. Wednesday 27 July, No meeting August. Wednesday 26 October, Monday 28 November.

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RIDE AND STRIDE FOR WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES’ TRUST

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In September 2010, a group of us, and Max the dog, took part in the Wiltshire Historic Churches’ Trust’s sponsored Ride and Stride. Starting at our own St John’s Church, No: 1 on our list of churches to be visited, we walked across the fields to No: 2 – Holy Trinity Church at East Grimstead. From there, we walked to Farley where we stopped at The Hook and Glove for coffee and biscuits, the landlord kindly donating the cost of our refreshments to Wiltshire Historic Churches’ Trust – thank you, John.

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A large growth of fungi under the trees provoked a great deal of interest although no-one felt inclined to sample them! Much refreshed, we proceeded to Farley’s All Saints Church which we added to our list as No: 3. One of the church ladies welcomed us and gave us a lot of interesting information about the church which was much appreciated. Then on to Pitton and St Peter’s Church, where unfortunately, we were not able to go in, but it became No: 4.

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We then proceeded to The Silver Plough where we had a delicious lunch after which we returned to West Grimstead following the path over the downs to Farley, past Pitchers Farm and coming into the village at Butterfurlong by Balmer Lawn Stud, across the fields and over the railway line back to St John’s Church.

A drizzly start was followed by sun which lasted for the rest of the day. Everyone, including Max, agreed it had been a very enjoyable walk. We collected £435 in sponsorship money, 50% of which will go to St John’s Church Roof Fund and 50% to The Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust. Thank You to Pat Hewett for all her hard work in organising it.

 StrideOUR GROUP OUTSIDE ST JOHN’S CHURCH

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Walking group March 30th 2014.

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Our Walking group on March 31st in Bentley Woods. It was a mostly dry walk and the sun came out just as we reached the “Hook and Glove”, Farley, for a most enjoyable lunch!

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April Walking group-Bentley woods

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 WALKING GROUP.

We thought you might like to see some walks we have done over the years which were all very enjoyable and fun. We’ve included some with photographs for you to see taken by one of our group members – Bob Coates.

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October 2011:
We drove to The Radnor Arms, Nunton. We followed the road through the village turning right on to the footpath which led through the private garden of The Cottage and brought us to St Andrew’s Church. Leaving the churchyard, turned left by Church Cottage and then turned right following the path to Elm Tree Farm. Following the farm track, we reached Elm Farm from where enjoyed lovely views towards St Mary’s Church and the rectory at Odstock. Going through gates, along tracks and crossing stiles, we eventually reached Odstock village. Walking through village and past The Yew Tree Inn, we followed the Salisbury road and, turning right, we came to the A338 where we turned right and right again making our way back to Nunton and a good lunch at the Radnor Arms. We all agreed it had been an enjoyable walk, especially our canine member, Buddy, who enjoyed all the wonderful smells he found. Here we all are outside St Andrew’s Church.

St Andrew's Church, Nunton (2)

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November 2011:
Parking at the Royal Oak, Great Wishford, we walked towards St Giles’s Church where we stopped to look at the bread stones set in the churchyard wall. These stones chronicle the cost of bread from the Napoleonic wars, when bread was sold by the gallon, to the year 2000. Proceeding down the road out of the village, we came to the A36 which we crossed and followed the footpath up into trees coming out into open fields. Our route took us to Asserton Farm and, walking through the farmyard, we follow the track to Berwick St James where we encountered the River Till which we followed to Stapleford. Regaining the A36, we crossed over and returned to Great Wishford and lunch at The Royal Oak. We enjoyed the walk during which we saw red kites, swans and a heron.

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December 2011:
Walking up West Grimstead’s Windwhistle Lane, we crossed the A36 and followed the track over Witherington Down, going through woodland and coming out on to Barford Down from where we came down into Redlynch where we enjoyed a pleasant lunch at The King’s Head. Our return journey took us from Redlynch, through Landford Lane Wood and Cheyney’s Wood, and over Standlynch Down rejoining the track to the A36. Crossing over, we made our way down Windwhistle Lane back to West Grimstead. Everyone enjoyed the walk including our canine members, Buddy and Megan, who found many good smells to investigate. Here we are taking a breather on the downs.

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January 2012:
Leaving the car park of The Parish Lantern, Whiteparish, we crossed the A27 and followed the track uphill past a pond and through a 5-barred gate into a field. Continuing uphill towards a farm, we passed the time of day with some of the farm staff on their quad bikes. Leaving the farmyard, we entered Mean Wood coming out into a field which we walked alongside noticing pill boxes which we assumed were to protect the military installation at West Dean during WW11. Our route took us through woodland from which we emerged on to the hillside at the rear of Dean Hill Business Park giving magnificent views over West Dean and the surrounding countryside. We continued past West Dean House and Dean Hill Farm, arriving at Alderston Farm. Passing through the farmyard, we gained our original track and followed it downhill and back to The Parish Lantern for an excellent lunch. Here we are up on Dean Hill.

Walking group 16 Jan 2012 Whiteparish

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February 2012:
We parked at Old Sarum and walked around its base to the Woodford Road which we crossed. Following the footpath across the field and uphill, we came to woodland which we went through. At Salterton Farm, we joined the Monarch’s Way and, crossing the road, following the footpath into Lower Woodford passing The Wheatsheaf Inn. Leaving the village, we turned right and followed the hedge, crossing into a field where trees were being felled. Negotiating a couple of stiles, we continued into Little Durnford Estate crossing the River Avon and passing various animals – camels, llamas, donkeys and horses – who looked at us curiously. Leaving the estate, we crossed the road and proceeded uphill at the top of which we saw Old Sarum ahead and Salisbury in the distance. Following the path back to the Woodford Road, we continued along the base of Old Sarum and on to The Castle where we had lunch. A really enjoyable walk.

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May 2012:
Turning right out of The Silver Plough car park, we then turned left and followed the footpath uphill into Beechy Dean Copse where we joined the Clarendon Way seeing deer and many lovely wild flowers including carpets of bluebells. We arrived at the ruins of Clarendon Palace where we spent time tracing the various parts of the palace and reading the displays. A herd of llamas was grazing near the palace appeared to perplex our canine member, Buddy, who sat looking thoughtfully at them. Leaving the grounds, we went into woodland leading to the other side of Beechy Dean Copse and continued towards the Farley-Pitton road. We turned left at Hound Wood and followed the footpath into Pitton and back to The Silver Plough where we had a good lunch. Despite intermittent rain, we very much enjoyed the walk including Buddy. This is us in the rain reading one of the displays.

 

Clarendon Palace Walk(click on photo to enlarge)

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