HWC local walks 2007

This contains details of all the local walks we have planned for this year. These are typically arranged at a weekend or in the evening after work, and are normally not far from Hursley.  Lengths and distances vary widely, from short strolls of only 2-3 miles to extended hikes of 20+ miles, but the height gained during a day is normally less than on our 'away' trips to places like the Lakes, Wales and Scotland.

Our evening walks are the most regular of these.  Typically they are about 3-5 miles across local countryside, starting and finishing at a pub, with dinner afterwards.  They normally start at 7pm but there are occasional exceptions - see below for details.  If you are on the club distribution list, you will get notified about all of these.  Please contact the organiser before turning up, to check it's still happening and also to make arrangements for dinner!

Anybody, whether a club member or not, is welcome to come along on these walks, but please do contact the organiser or club secretary first.

To keep things tidy I have split these into two sections:

Weekend walks

These walks will be added to as the season progresses.
Date Time Location Meeting point Parking Go/no-go decision Pub stop? Organiser and contact Description
Sun 5 August
Isle of Wight
Lymington ferry
Lymington ferry terminal
previous day
Y, in Brighstone
Geoff Judd
A circular walk of 8 – 9 miles from Brook on the South West coast of the island. The walk is a mixture of down land, farmland,  woodland and coastal path walking. It passes though the picturesque village of Brighstone.
Sun 16 December
Day walk
Near Downton
Pepperbox Hill, nr. A27/A36 junction
Pepperbox hill car park

Y in Downton
Denise Haverty
A walk along lanes and tracks to Downton, and back along part of the River Avon 
26 December
Day walk
Lymington, New Forest
The Chequers PH, Lymington Pub car park

Denise Haverty
A circular walk near the coast at Lymington.  Take in the views over to the Isle of Wight.
If you'd like to organise another day walk anytime in the season, please contact the secretary and details can be posted here and to the membership.

Evening walks

As well as all-day walks throughout the year, we have a series of evening walks through the summer, from early June to late August. The general format is a 1.5-2 hour walk (3-5 miles) with an evening meal afterwards in a local pub. These are still being arranged; if you have suggestions for good walks within 20 miles of Hursley please let the secretary know and we'll try to include them. If the weather turns nasty, there is a chance these may be cancelled; see the "go/no-go decision" information for details.

Date Time Location Meeting point Parking Go/no-go decision Pub stop? Organiser and contact Description
Tue 15 May

Justine Grose
Cancelled - bad weather
Wed 23 May
Timsbury, Test Valley
Bear & Ragged Staff PH (SU335258) Just north of Timsbury on A3057 pub number 01794 368602. Pub car park - see left.

Geoff Judd
An HWC classic!  A 5 mile circuit around the Test Valley area, passing Mottisfont Abbey.  A few stiles and one steep downhill part, slippy in the wet, otherwise easy going.
Thu 31 May
Alresford The Globe on the Lake, the Soke, Alresford, SO24 9DB. Pub's telephone number is 01962 732294
Meet official at the pub, so that we can order food before we depart promptly at 19:00
On Broad Street.
N.B. there isn't a pub car park and the pub itself is just beyond Broad Street, however, there are several rows of parking all down Broad Street, so you should be able to find somewhere to park.

Justine Grose
a very gentle 4 mile circuit along the river Itchen, across farm land and past some of the many watercress beds of Alresford.
Mon 4 June
Upham, nr. Bishops Waltham

In Upham, by the duckpond not the pub –

Brushmakers' Arms SU540205
See left

Y Denise Fenwick
Yet again this gets onto the calendar!  Upham is a pretty, isolated village and the walk is on farmland paths and wide tracks, with good views and one short hill near the end!
Tue 12 June
The Fountain Inn car park, just off the main road
Parking at the pub
noon on the day
Pub Phone 01794 884266
Alasdair Paton
An easy-to-follow track across open land and along the Dean Hill ridge.  Some rough ground along the track.  Will probably head east not west from the village, to avoid the stud farm.
Mon 18 June

Cancelled - sorry
Tue 26 June
Easton, nr. Kings Worthy
The Cricketers PH, Easton SO21 1EJ. Grid ref. SU511322
Pub car park - see left
on the day
At The Cricketers. phone 01962 779353
Geoff Judd
A mostly level walk along the River Itchen valley.
Tue 3 July
Longstock, nr. Stockbridge
The Peat Spade PH, Longstock SU361371.
From Stockbridge, head north on the A3057 (towards Andover).  Turn left at a hump-backed bridge and this leads to Longstock village.
Pub car park

The Peat Spade PH
Pub phone 01264 810612
Orders before the walk!
Diana Ashworth
Another popular circular walk - pleasant walking along paths in the upper Test Valley.  This can be a little muddy after rain.  About 7km.
Tue 10 July
Nomansland, edge of New Forest
The Lamb PH, Nomansland SU253173.
From M27 j2, take A36 through West Wellow, then L after roundabout. Pub is on RH side at T junction.
Parking across the road from the pub

The Lamb PH afterward.  Phone 01794 390246
Catherine Glover
A circuit through lovely woodland on the edge of the New Forest.
Mon 16 July
Downton, Wiltshire
The White Horse PH, Downton
Pub car park

White Horse PH.  Phone 01725 510408
Helen Kirk
Details TBC
Mon 23 July
Woodgreen, nr. Fordingbridge
Horse & Groom PH, Woodgreen.
Pub car park

Horse and Groom PH, SP6 2AS.  Phone 01725 510739
Catherine Glover
No walk this week due to Ireland trip
Wed 1 Aug
Tichborne, nr. Alresford
The Tichborne Arms, Tichborne. 
Pub car park.

Tichborne Arms PH.  Pub
Mary Timms
Mon 6 Aug
Meet Palmerston Square, Romsey town centre
Any town centre car park.

Meal somewhere afterwards in Romsey
Catherine Glover
A walk past the cathedral, through Squabb Wood and back along the River Test.  Mainly level but some stiles to navigate.
Tue 14 Aug
Dunbridge, Test Valley
Meet at Dunbridge Arms PH.  Grid ref. SU318262.  Just next to Dunbridge railway station.
Pub car park.

Mill Arms PH 01794 340401.  Postcode SO51 0LF.
Alasdair Paton
A new walk.  Planned to go alongside the river Dun, then via Spearywell Wood to Mottisfont and back.
Wed 22 Aug
Bank, nr. Lyndhurst
Meet at The Oak Inn, Bank. Grid ref SU286073.  Leave Lyndhurst on the A35.
Pub car park at The Oak.

The Oak Inn PH. 023 8028 2350.  Postcode SO43 7FD.
Tom Byrne and Kate Wood
A circuit through small forest tracks in the New Forest.  Good chance of seeing deer.
Thu 30 Aug
Meet at The Plough PH.
Pub car park

The Plough Inn, Sparsholt. SO21 2NW. Phone 01962 776353
Geoff Judd
An easy walk along open farm tracks with good views, and back through established woodland tracks.
Evening walks are run by volunteers!  If you have a good idea for one, or want to fill one of these slots, please get in touch with the secretary!

If you want to go on one of the above walks, contact the organiser for details.

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