Calendar

FEBRUARY EVENT DISTANCE
SAT 3rd
SUN 4th Winchfield Canal Capers 8
SAT 10th Silchester 8
SAT 10th Hampshire Area AGM – 2pm @ Kempshott Village Hall RG22 5HN
SUN 11th Hinton Ampner Circular 10.75
SAT 17th East Tisted and the Farringdons 9
SUN 18th Kingsclere, Up/Down Watership Down 15
SAT 24th
SUN 25th TBA TBA
MARCH EVENT DISTANCE
SAT 3rd
SAT 3rd Group Social: Shanghai 1841 Dim Sum + A Movie at Ocean Village
SUN 4th Temple Of The Winds 8.75
SAT 10th
SUN 11th Hatchet Pond TBA 11
SAT 17th
SUN 18th TBA 13.5
SAT 24th
SUN 25th Two Loops From Selborne TBA 11.5
APRIL EVENT DISTANCE
SAT 14th – MON 16th TRIP AWAY – COTSWOLDS
CONFIRMED (19)
8-12 miles per day
JUNE EVENT DISTANCE
SAT 9th – MON 11th TRIP AWAY – LYME REGIS, DORSET
WAITLIST (30)
8-12 miles per day
AUGUST EVENT DISTANCE
SAT 18th – SUN 19th TRIP AWAY – WILTSHIRE
CONFIRMED (15)
2 x 10 mile linear walks
SEP/OCT EVENT DISTANCE
29/30 Sep
13/14 Oct
TBC
Walk the Test Way
REGISTRATION OPEN (12)
44
(4 x 11 mile linear walks)

East Tisted and the Farringdons

Date: Saturday 17th February
Meet Time: 1045 Start Time: 1100
View on ramblers.org.uk

Miles: 9
Walk Type: Moderate

Leader Name: Stephen C
Phone: 07816 965917

Description: A scenic route through fields, along lanes, skirting Selborne common, and passing by three churches and a House.  We’ll get to enjoy plenty of stiles, of all styles, and squeeze through a couple of gaps.  And if the current forecast is true there should still be plenty of mud about !

Please bring drink/refreshment for a picnic lunch stop along the route.  Drinks afterwards in the Golden Pheasant, Lower Farringdon (on the A32).

Directions: You can find the village hall at East Tisted, on the A32 south of Alton.  The entrance to the Hall is just south of the turning to Hawkley/Selborne/Village Shop, nearly opposite the bus stop shelter.  Parking for approximately 15 cars is available to the rear of the building.  Please car share if possible.

Starting point

East Tisted Village Hall, Car Park to left-rear of building.
A £1 per car donation to Hall funds will be collected.

Grid reference: SU701321
Nearest postcode: GU34 3QW
SatNav: N51.0843866, W1.000877

Kingsclere, Up/Down Watership Down

Date: Sunday 18th February

Distance: 14.5 miles

Walk Grade: Moderate

Meet Time: 1015 Start Time: 1030

Walk Leader: Andrew Mathewson
Email: mathewson@mac.com
Phone: 07871 783736

Description: A pleasantly varied walk in the North of the county with some great views both from and of the Hampshire Downs. The walk divides roughly into three parts. First a walk out from Kingsclere at the foot of the downs. Secondly, an ascent of the scarp slope to the ridge and walk along the ridge, including along the top of Watership Down. . Finally, turning south onto the dip slope before the descent back to Kingsclere. The walk has both climbs and falls, but nothing very steep. Please bring a packed lunch. There will be the opportunity for a pub stop during the afternoon and/or in Kingsclere at the end.

Start: Meet at the St Mary’s Church Kingsclere. There is a small public car park near the church but if this is full you will need to park considerately where you can in the village.

Coordinates: Church SU526587
Nearest Postcode: RG20 5PJ

Shanghai 1841 Dim Sum and a Movie

Date: Saturday 3rd March
Time: Meet 3pm. Eat 3:30pm. Movie TBD

Organiser: Hasna (hasna2u@yahoo.com)

Join us on a cultural experience. Come along for all or a part of the following…
RSVP before February 28th

Meet: Pay and Display car park in Ocean Village SO14 3TJ (3pm). About £3 and free after 6pm.

Eat: Walk to Shanghai 1841. Table booked for 3:30pm. Then walk back to Ocean Village
http://www.shanghai1841.co.uk/menus/DimsumMenu.pdf

Movie: Harbourlights Picturehouse. Film and time to be confirmed nearer the time

Drinks: A drink at the bar in Harbourlights after the film

Temple Of The Winds

Date: Sunday 4th March

Miles: 8.75 approx

Leader: Phil H
Phone: 07710 221415

Meet time: 1030 Start time: 1045

Description: A delightful varied countryside walk through fields, wooded areas, across streams and even along them! A profusion of photo opportunities! Please bring a packed lunch as we’ll be stopping to rest our legs midway before our ascent to the “Temple of the Winds”, where you will behold stunning views of West Sussex and the South Downs. It will be a tough going 10-15 minute steep climb, but worth it all the same. But don’t worry, it’s downhill all the way after that and finishing at a hostelry of light refreshment.

Walk type: Moderate

Other information: Dogs are allowed but at the owner’s discretion as there are several sheep fields to walk through up until midway and it will be lambing season. There are several signs to keep dogs on leads that will need to be adhered to.

Refreshments afterwards if required at The Red Lion pub.

Start and meeting point: The recreation ground car park next to The Red Lion pub in Fernhurst. Ample free parking.

Nearest postcode: The Green, Fernhurst, GU27 3HY
Map coordinates: SU 90026 28548

Trip Away – COTSWOLDS

When: 13th-16th April
Status: CONFIRMED

The group is headed to the Cotswolds for a long weekend in April.

Walks in the 8-12 mile range will be organised for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  The goal is to remain flexible but probable walks include Stanway and Snowshill, Winchcombe and Sudeley Castle, and Crickley Hill (Birdlip), all of which feature sections of the Cotswold Way.

If you’d like to come on this trip, please send an email to trips@hampshirewalkers.org.uk to register your interest so that you can be kept up to date on any developments and be notified of anyone looking to share accommodation or car travel.

Otherwise all that’s left is to book your own accommodation. I suggest the Premier Inn Cheltenham North West which offers clean, basic accommodation, and free parking, with a pay-now saver rate which is up to 50% less than other hotels in the area.  There is another Premier Inn (Central) and a Travelodge in the same area (near GCHQ!).   If we all stay in that area we can maximise car sharing and thus “fit” into some smaller parking areas!

Trip Away – Lyme Regis, Dorset

When: 8th – 11th June
Status: WAITLIST

* This trip is currently fully subscribed. Please register with trips@hampshirewalkers.org.uk to be added to the waitlist. *

The group is headed to Lyme Regis for a long weekend in June.

Walks in the 8-12 mile range (with 1000-2500 ft up and down) will be organised for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  The goal is to remain flexible but probable walks are Seatown and Golden Cap, Lyme Regis to Seaton via the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve, and (on the return journey) either Cerne Abbas Giant or Maiden Castle/Hardy’s Monument  Full details of the walks will be posted in the days before the trip when the weather forecast can be taken into account. Join the group walks or do your own thing!

If you’d like to come on this trip, please send an email to trips@hampshirewalkers.org.uk to register your interest so that you can be kept up to date on any developments and be notified of anyone looking to share accommodation or car travel.

Otherwise all that’s left is to book your own accommodation in the Lyme Regis area.  It doesn’t have to be in Lyme Regis itself though that might be preferable for the range of pubs and restaurants. There are no big hotels in the area, but a range of smaller hotels, B&B and caravan sites may offer affordable opportunities.

Trip Away – WILTSHIRE

When: 18th – 19th August
Status: CONFIRMED

The group is headed to Warminster for a two day walking weekend in Wiltshire.

From a base in Warminster, walks will be organised on the Saturday and Sunday.  This presents the option to stay overnight on Saturday (or longer) to enjoy both walks, although either may be done as an individual walk as we won’t be too far away from home by car (or train).  Anticipated walks are Westbury White Horse and the Imber Perimeter Path (about 11 miles and 1500′), and Stourhead to Shearwater via Longleat Forest (about 11 miles and 1200′).  Details will be posted in the week before and routes may change due to weather forecast etc.

If you’d like to come on this trip, please send an email to trips@hampshirewalkers.org.uk to register your interest so that you can be kept up to date on any developments and be notified of anyone looking to share accommodation or car travel.  When you register, please let me know if you consent to share your name, email, etc with other registrants to make this easier.

Otherwise, for anyone looking to stay over on Saturday night, you are free to book your own accommodation in the Warminster / Westbury area.

The Test Way

Dates:   Sat/Sun  29/30 Sep + 13/14 Oct
Status:  REGISTRATION OPEN

The Test Way is a 44-mile long-distance walking route that will take you from its dramatic start, high on the chalk downs at Inkpen, to follow much of the course of the River Test to Eling where its tidal waters flow into Southampton Water. Without doubt, the Test is one of Hampshire’s finest chalk streams, world famous for its superb trout fishing.

Would you like to walk the Test Way over four days, i.e. two weekends, with about 11 miles each day (linear) ? We’ll do some car shuttling to sort out the logistics! The above dates are Plan A, but the weekend of 27/28 October (when the clocks change) is a possible stand-by.

Please let me know if you would like to walk the full route by sending an email to trips@hampshirewalkers.org.uk asap.  Let me know your availability on the two weekends listed but also on the 27/28 October too.   Walk Leader’s decision on dates is final :)

P.S. Each of the sections can be walked as a standard group day walk if you don’t want to commit to the whole route.

A friendly, social & active walking group