SoDNaP 20

Sat 29th Jun 2019

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
20ml.
Start Time
09:05
Route
Start Petersfield station (08:00 from Waterloo)

A circular walk over the hills of Britains newest National Park, on the trail of a possible 50-mile challenge. (station car park charge c.2.10). Meet outside the Ticket Office. The walk passes into the town, and picks up the challenge route outside the Wetherspoons Red Lion if anyone has an early breakfast here, meet outside the Red Lion (main, west-side entrance) at 09:15-09:20. Walk to the Hangers Way, and largely follow that path to Selborne via the Shoulder of Mutton Hill with its fine viewpoint, and Noar Hill. Possible mid-morning pitstop at the Hawkley Arms. Please bring a packed lunch to eat in Selborne; there are limited facilities for light refreshments at the Gilbert White Museum, the Selborne Tea Room, and the Selborne Arms. After lunch, leave from the Selborne Arms, climb the famous ZigZag path to Selborne Common, aiming to return to Petersfield station by 18:30

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SoDNaP 20, Saturday 29th June 2019
11 walkers, 20 miles – leader Roderick Smith
SoDNaP 20. Ten of us met at 09:00 at Petersfield Station for a walk in the South Downs National Park, Britain’s newest National Park. On a cloudless day we walked into the centre of the town to join the route of a potential 50-mile challenge from the (Wetherspoons) Red Lion. We headed north to the Hangers Way; Steep Church; and the steep climb up the Shoulder of Mutton hill to the Poet’s Stone memorial to Edward Thomas (known for his poem ‘Adlestrop’ inter alia). There were fine views of the South Downs. A last look back down the hill from the summit, before a steep descent to Oakshott, and a brief stop at the Hawkley Inn for tea and coffee. A steep climb of Noar Hill preceded lunch in Selborne.
We checked the outside of Checkpoint 1, and, in Selborne Church, saw the stained-glass window of St Francis preaching to the birds (over 100 are shown); sadly not enough time to visit the Gilbert White / Oates (of the Antarctic) Museum. We were joined by a second Ian and eleven of us climbed the ZigZag path built by Gilbert White and his brother over 200 years ago. A walk along byways took us to the ‘pub-with-no-name’ aka “The White Horse”. Two decided to follow an alternative route to Petersfield, and nine of us continued in very hot conditions to Froxfield Green. Thence, leaving the SoDNaP route, to Lythe Farm and Petersfield Station in time to catch the 17:45 to Woking and London. Thanks to members from London, Surrey, Thames Valley, and Wessex for an enjoyable day in splendid countryside. Over 2,000ft of ascent; 20 miles walked in 8 hours 40 minutes on one of the hottest June days for 40 years.
Photographs by Gavin Fuller and Roderick Smith; more from Gavin and Ian Fairweather are on the Group Facebook site

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