11 August 2021

  • Centurion Way:   11 August 2021
  • Walk Leader: Rose
  • Distance: 9.7 Miles
  • Start: 10am at Avenue de Chartres CP GR: SU858044

Walking the Centurion Way to immerse ourselves in Chichester’s rich history 

On a pleasantly warm Wednesday morning fifteen members of Petersfield Ramblers met on Avenue de Chartres for a unique and interesting walk centred on the Centurion Way – and taking in the primary historical sights of Chichester. 

The Centurion Way is a 5 ½  mile path that runs between Chichester, Lavant and West Dean using the route of the dismantled Chichester to Midhurst Railway, which finally closed in 1991; although ceasing passenger services in 1935, the line stayed open for transport of sugar beet and gravel for a further 50+ years. The name, Centurion Way, was suggested by a local schoolboy and is based on the fact that the path crosses the course of a Roman road.  Sculptures relating to aspects of local history are provided as points of interest in association with the South East Arts Board.  

We started our walk with a ‘comfort stop’ given the nearness of good facilities (a rarity on our normal rural walks)! Refreshed, we set off up South Street, turning left through the 16th century stone gateway on to Canon Lane and into the cathedral’s charming historic quarter. A paved pathway lined by colourful borders took us to the cathedrals’ remarkable cloisters, from where we passed round the south-west entrance and on to West Street and affluent Westgate. After half a mile – at the entrance of Bishop Luffa School – we found the start of the Centurion Way, leading us north along a wide surfaced pathway, lined with trees and shared with cyclists.  

fter a mile and a half of easy walking, keeping the western extremities of Chichester housing hidden by greenery on our right, we emerged into an open area – the site of a former quarry. This area, called the Roman Amphitheatre, provided the perfect setting for our coffee stop with plenty of wooden benches. Within the Amphitheatre is the spot where the Roman road crosses the route, which is marked by a wonderful sculpture depicting an army of spade-wielding Roman workers called the Chichester Road Gang. The Gang – made from empty oxygen gas cylinders by Cornish sculptor David Kemp – includes a ganger with a bowler hat, workers with spades and a surveyor with a theodolite. It has been erected on the site of old wagon loading bays and offered a great photo opportunity.

Chichester Road Gang

No sooner had we set off, revitalised, than we encountered our fourth delightful brick bridge – decorated with animal cut-outs drawn by children from Lavant Primary School and reproduced in steel sheet by Richard Farrington. Our favourite character in the so-called Primary Hangers was the bat. 

The Centurion Way took us on to Lavant, through a quiet housing estate and back out into countryside. Shortly before its conclusion at West Dean, we veered off, effectively making a U-turn to take us back to Chichester. But, not wishing to retrace our steps, we joined a parallel pathway – the West Sussex Literary Trail – for our southward jaunt, following the largely-dry River Lavant. After a stop for lunch, we carried on into the north end of Chichester, through Oaklands Park to the exceptional Festival Theatre, when, at sight of the newly revamped Café on the Park, our Chairman’s wife exclaimed “Let’s stop for coffee and cake”, most of us happily agreed. We basked in comfortable outside seats, enjoying the warm sun and some delicious food and drinks. Indeed, a couple of members decadently chose afternoon beers! The posh theatre ‘facilities’ were also much appreciated! 

However, this fun day still wasn’t over! We couldn’t possibly finish without a traipse along the city walls: the most intact Roman walls in the South of England. The walls, as we see them today, date from the Romans in the 3rd century; they were built to defend the prosperous town against coastal raiders, and to protect its trade and status. A City Wall Trail runs for about 1.5 miles around the city, on top of or beside the largely intact walls. We joined the trail in the north, circling clockwise around Priory Park, with a great view across the busy parkland below, full of children, laughter and purple balloons. Continuing around we crossed East Street, regaining the walls in the south before breaking off down Theatre Lane and back to our cars. 

It was a lovely day out with something interesting and different around every corner – an easy 9.7 mile walk, full of history, culture, nature and excellent facilities. 

Written by Sandy & Rose                             

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31 July 2021

  • Betty Mundy’s Bottom:  31 July 2021
  • Walk Leader: Flick
  • Distance: 7.4 Miles
  • Start: Beacon Hill Beeches CP, GR: SU 598 228

9 intrepid walkers set off from Beaconhill Beeches, south along the South Downs Way turning right and going passed a real beacon on the hillside which was lit for the Queen’s diamond jubilee. We walked on down the slope through lush green fields, across 5 stiles, passing fellow walkers coming up the hill. 

Exton Beacon, in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee

All around us we had wonderful views of the Meon valley and in the far distance the Solent and Isle of Wight. We gradually descended into the village of Exton enjoying smart, expensive country houses, turning right and passing a relatively new vineyard and the Exton Stud. Needing sustenance, we stopped for coffee and a comfort break before ascending an uphill terrain of very loose stones to Warner’s Cottage, now a very expensive large house and garden.

We crossed over the lane and walked along the edge of a field with a crop none of us could identify, into Preshaw Wood Estate with very clear signs for the footpath. We crossed over another lane into a beautiful walnut orchard wondering how long before the first walnuts would be edible. Turning right onto Wayfarers Way and so on to Betty Mundy’s Cottage, now a very large country house, a landscaped garden with statues, tennis courts and stables.

There are a variety of tales about the name which goes back centuries. One theory is that it is from the Latin beati mundane, meaning the most beautiful place in the world. Another has it that Betty Mundy lived in the cottage and that she would waylay discharged sailors walking along the Sailor’s Lane, murdering them for their wages or leading them to a press gang. Other stories are that she was a witch or fairy who would curse or trick people. 

In 1941 there was building work to renovate the 2 cottages owned by Major Pelly. In 2012 a substantial country house known as Mundy’s House was rebuilt there.
We then stopped on the edge of a huge field enjoying the views and the wild flowers and butterflies whilst we ate our lunch.

Later we continued our walk through a small wood with ash die back, trees newly felled, through a large field and uphill gently to Lomer Farm and back onto the South Downs Way passing on the right what had once been a medieval village and so back to our parked cars.

 A beautiful walk in hot sunshine.

Flick

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50th Anniversary

24th July 2021 

A Special Day in the Life of Petersfield Ramblers

The wonderful celebration cake made by Sheila

Preparations for Petersfield Ramblers’ 50th AGM and anniversary celebration started last year with the booking of Liss Pavilion, well, the previous year actually, because the 50th anniversary celebration was a year late due to the Covid pandemic lock-down.  

The day started with a walk at 10am from the Newman Collard playing field led by Tony, and this walking group arrived at Liss Pavilion for the 12 noon AGM. Meantime, a team of us were in the Pavilion making preparations; setting up tables and chairs, placing paperwork and photos, a lap-top presentation, drinks, the cake, and our ‘catering team’ consisting of Jean and Anne, assisted by many others, got to work preparing and setting out the food. 

Gordon, our chairman, opened the AGM with a welcome and we got through the agenda in double-quick time so we could start the celebration fun. Very few questions came up and at 12.30, spot on, we were ready to party! 

The chairman kicks off the AGM

Our walking friends and colleagues didn’t hold back and they quickly helped themselves to drinks and settled in for a good natter. Table by table, members grabbed a plate and a near-professional team of ladies served an array of food, buffet-style – what a spread!  Rice, pasta, potato, tuna salads were on offer, eggs, cheese, pork pies, bread and butter etc. I never reached the end of the table, my plate was too full!

Catering assistants

The volume of chatter and laughter never wavered as old friends caught up with each other – some of whom hadn’t seen each other for years and years, and current walkers who had been restricted to walking alone or with one friend sometimes during this past year, at last found each other again. 

Steve Parsons, a past member who served as a long time chairman of the club, addresses those present

The celebration cake was cut by Christine Tully whose father, Jack, started the Petersfield Ramblers in 1970, and Christine had been on that first walk which was on April 2nd that year that was along the South Downs to Cocking. From the records: “On Thursday 2nd April. First ramble. No 61 bus to S Harting, walk along the downs to Cocking, return via Midhurst (teas available at Midhurst). 8 miles. 10 ramblers. Fine and sunny. Led by Jack Tully”.

Christine Tully prepares to cut the cake
Photo from the archives (but not from the inaugural walk)

Amazing to think that 50 years on we are still doing the same thing – huge oak trees grow from little acorns!

Thank you to Jean and Anne, the main catering team

Inevitably there has to be a big clear-up of the hall at the end and this went quickly and smoothly due to the members getting stuck in and helping.

A special event, a fabulous day commemorating 50 years of what was, and still is, a wonderful group of people.

Sheila Gadd

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17 July 2021

  • Woodland Walk and Wine Tasting, 17 July 2021
  • Walk Leader: Malinka
  • Distance:  6 – 7 miles
  • Start: 10am start at lay-by near Borden Wood

A fun day was anticipated and that is what we got. The meeting place, a lay-by near Borden Wood, was duly found (much to Tony’s amazement as I don’t have Sat Nav!) and after a short chat about what to expect, Malinka led the group of 11 off. She had warned us that it might be muddy in parts and that was the case in a few places near Hammer Pond and the stream but not difficult to navigate at all. As it was a very warm day it was lovely that a lot of the 6/7 miles were under the dappled shade of the trees. 

A couple of steeper hills made us a bit warmer but we had plenty of water to drink and something a bit stronger to look forward to. At one point we were able to avoid a sticky path by using one that monks, from the local monastery, have created to enable them to enjoy the woods and a good job they have made of it too. 

At the end of the walk, we spent some time rehydrating and eating our lunch in the lay-by near our cars before walking the short distance down a single track lane to Trotton Estate Vineyards for our tour. 

We were greeted by our guides for the day, who were both very friendly, happy to answer any questions and very knowledgeable on the ‘art’ of growing vines, producing the finished product and everything else involved in the wine world. Firstly, they explained that the owners of the vineyard had been polo players and in fact one of the flat fields in front of us had, at one point, been a polo pitch. When they, and their ponies retired, various uses for the land were considered until they realised that their fields were on south facing slopes with greensand as were the successful Nytimber and Upperton vineyards. 

Decision made, they planted the first vineyard with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay in 2013 with the plan to make an English sparkling wine. They also decided to add to their plans, a still white wine and Bacchus and Pinot Gris were also planted. Their Brilliant Bacchus (with a dash of Pinot Gris) was first produced in 2015 and after five years they launched their Spectacular English Sparkling Brut Classic Cuvee which has been immensely successful winning blind tastings against some of the best champagne houses. 

We were shown the vines which due to vagaries of our English weather were about 3 weeks behind where they should be but they are hopeful that this current warm spell will help greatly. 

There are now three vineyards varying slightly in age and named after their ponies. After lots of information passed on by our knowledgeable guides and various questions asked and answered we were led to their tasting hut, beautifully laid out tables situated in a stunning setting with views of the South Downs. 

We were supplied firstly with their sparkling wine and then the Bacchus with more information on where it is made and percentage by volume of each, crackers and cheese were provided to help things along nicely.

Water was also on hand for when moving from the first to second tasting. In my opinion both were delightful. Both bottles were available to purchase at what most of us believed to be a very fair price. 

A very lovely walk and thoroughly enjoyable vineyard tour and tasting! As it says on their website, “Watch this vineyard. It’s small but you know the saying …. ‘Big things come in small packages’”. 

Rosemary

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Halnaker Windmill Trail

2 Ramblers Explore Boxgrove & the Halnaker Windmill Trail

This walk came to us by chance, perhaps being a benefit of “liking” pages on Facebook.  We have reached an age where we prefer shorter walks of 5 to 7 miles and this one promised only 5 miles with lots of interesting things to see along the way. This walk can be described as a balloon on a string, being neither just circular nor linear.  Whilst not a particularly strenuous walk, there is 359ft (109 metre) of ascent involved.

We set out on a beautiful sunny day and parked in the spacious Boxgrove Village Hall CP at GR: SU907076 and followed instructions that took us straight onto the Windmill Trail, alongside a wheat field from which we could see the windmill in the distance on the left.  

Yes, I’m facing backwards

We soon came to an unusual avenue of trees bordering the track whilst to one side were rows of vines.  We wondered how the tiny bunches of grapes would fare, given the unseasonable weather we have experienced this year.

Then there was the busy A285 to cross before entering the famous archway of trees that was once part of the Roman road that ran between London and Chichester.

The windmill was, unsurprisingly, approached by walking up a hill, a gradual climb and very easy.  The surrounding fields were now sporting barley crops.  We walked around the windmill, admiring the 360° views, including Chichester, Goodwood, the Isle of Wight and lots of woodland. 

We were intrigued by an ugly red brick building not far from the windmill that we discovered to be the remains of a WW2 structure that’s use had been to support a radio direction finder, monitoring the comings and goings of aircraft.

We sat on a conveniently positioned bench to admire the views before retracing our steps (the aforementioned balloon string), down the hill where we spent some time photographing various insects.

We passed Tinwood Vineyard on our right and the disused Boxgrove Quarry that we could not see on our left in woodland but have since learned, to our astonishment, that it has become an important palaeolithic site where a 500,000-year-old part of a human leg was found, currently the oldest human (hominin) remains in the British Isles.

Continuing onwards, the path bordered more vines and eventually took us to a field across which there were views of Boxgrove Priory and the Church of St Blaise, framed by trees in the distance.  The walk almost over, we took a brief but worthwhile visit to the Church and the Priory.  The Church is surprisingly large and dates from about 1120 and is now the Parish Church.  The Priory was founded in 1105 when 3 monks were sent from Normandy to administer the changes of the existing Saxon Church.  The Priory was dissolved in 1537 but the Church’s development continued and the ceiling was painted at the behest of Thomas de la Warr, Lord of the Manor.  The ceiling is still a sight to behold and visitors are welcome.

Priory Ruins
St. Blaise painted ceiling

Our final stretch took us past some historic Alms Houses and then back to the Carpark. A very interesting morning’s walk.

Linda & Paul

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23 June 2021

  • Selborne & Noar Hill, 23 June 2021
  • Walk Leader: Freda
  • Distance:  8 – 9 miles
  • Start: 10am start Selborne CP, GR: SU743335

On a promising sunny day, 14 of us left the car park at Selborne, just ahead of the introduction of parking charges. Some were relieved that we were not to immediately ascend the Zig Zag path, but instead skirted the lower flank of Selborne Hill taking us through woodland and lush green fields. 

Dropping down, we headed on to Noar Hill, again skirting the flank and coming out of the woodland to enjoy the view from our coffee stop.

Leaving Noar Hill we reached the lane leading us to Empshott, passing the pretty little church and scattered houses to cross the Greatham to Selborne road.

A climb up above Le Court gave us more views to admire as we continued our route through rampant vegetation to Bradshott Hall and another stretch of lane walking to Brockridge Farm. 

From here we made a long single file trek on a well marked and clear route up through crops to reach Sotherington Lane and on uphill to our lunch stop in the Blackmoor apple fields.

From there footpaths led us back into Selborne village, where a good few felt ice cream was a must. A day of verdant green, blue sky, glorious views and good company.

Freda

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Cotswold Way

An Intrepid Petersfield Rambler’s account of walking the Cotswold Way

By Sandy

Until a month ago I had never visited a Cotswold village, yet I knew exactly how one should look: a cluster of quaint, sandstone cottages half-hidden by vintage roses and wisteria, with tidy garden borders filled with foxgloves and lupins, and bounded by neat topiary hedges. This quintessential image resonates across the global, upheld by a wide range of film settings from Miss Marple to Bridget Jones Diary. But is it true to life? Can anywhere today still be so picturesque and charming? By walking the Cotswold Way, I intended to take a close look and answer that question for myself.

The invaluable Cicerone handbook and maps were my guide, dividing this 102-mile long National Trail into 13 stages. From prior experience of walking the South Downs Way, I knew that getting to overnight accommodation (which is often a few miles off the trail), getting lost and investigating interesting distractions can add quite a distance to each stage, so I planned for just one stage each day. In actuality I walked 144 miles over 13 days, which was a nice pace: there was time to appreciate what I passed along the way and time to just sit, drinking in the vistas.

As recommended, I walked north to south from Chipping Campden to Bath. The trail makes a broad loop around Cheltenham, sticking to the high escarpment, looking down on Gloucester before dropping down to cross the Stroud valley. The highest peaks – just above 1,000ft – are in the north at Broadway Tower and Cleeve Hill, but the trail is a relentless roller-coaster throughout its length. In total I climbed up 15,330ft – more than half the height of Everest! That said, the Cotswold Way is doable by any fit walker.

What the Cotswold Way offers in abundance is stunning panoramas, stretching across the Evesham Valley and River Severn westwards to South Wales. At times you look down on the glorious cities of Cheltenham and Gloucester, and at others across a verdant patchwork of fields and hedgerows, to the hazy blue outlines of the Malvern Hills and distant Brecon Beacons. From one trig point to another, the splendid landscapes stretch out beneath your feet. Between the highest points are extensive woods showcasing the very best beech woodlands, wild-flower meadows rich in orchids, and moist sunken paths shaded by steep banks swathed in lush ferns.

The Cotswold villages were perfection, living up to – indeed exceeding – all expectations. Every house is pale to golden sandstone, maintained faultlessly; every garden tended to ‘chocolate-box’ beauty. Most impressive of all is the limitless topiary: whether shaped as cones, balls, miniature walls, spirals or lollipops, not a leaf is out of place – and not a hint of box-blight! Boundary walls are all dry-stone, whether old or new; not a red brick in sight. ‘Twee’ doesn’t start to describe it!    

I booked my overnight hotels and B&Bs personally – through booking.com – six months earlier. That way I started to immerse myself in the walk well in advance. I searched for accommodation closest to the end location each day. Not unexpectedly, they proved to be a mix. Getting quickly to your room is a ‘must’, as you’re tired and just want to rest. Having dinner available within 100yds is necessary, so remote B&Bs can be an issue. As I would never walk with more than a day pack, I relied on ‘carryabag’ for daily transfer of my main bag. They were excellent; my bag arrived before me every day. Food enroute required careful planning. Many stages offer no opportunities for obtaining food or drink, so it’s important to identify these and carry sufficient water and light snacks for the whole journey. Low sugar at the end of a walk only leads to grumpiness!  

The weather was ideal for walking – dry, not too hot – though less good for taking pictures given the mainly overcast skies. It was misty round Cleeve Hill which – along with the grazing sheep – gave this stretch a strange feeling of moorland.  

Whilst I met some walkers along the way – and a fair few dogs – there were only a tiny number of long-distance hikers. Apparently the majority of trail ramblers are international visitors who, because of Covid, are currently absent. My eldest son joined me for a couple of days which was a real delight; it’s always lovely to share an experience and build new memories.

All in all, I really enjoyed my Cotswold Way adventure: the pace was right, as was the level of challenge; the scenery was wonderful, the villages delightful; and the freedom to explore after months of lockdowns was invigorating. One trivial, but noteworthy, sight will stay with me as a reminder of a rewarding adventure: a thatched cricket pavilion resting on staddle stones. Only in the Cotswold!  

Sandy

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30 June 2021

  • West Wittering circular walk: 30 June 2021
  • Walk leaders:  Helen and Helene
  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Start: West Wittering car park (£ 8.00 for the day and to be booked in advance)

Our walk began at West Wittering Beach and 14 members set off following the shoreline path.  At some point near the beginning of the walk, our group divided. Some ramblers remained on the path and some crawled under bushes to go onto the pebbled beach. We soon found ourselves together again to continue on the path, still with beautiful views of the sea. At some point we could see the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth and later Bosham Church in the distance. We followed the shoreline to Itchenor, crossing the boatyard and coming out by the harbour office.

We started a bit later than anticipated and perhaps we talked a bit too much which slowed us down. Time was flying by and we did not stop for coffee before 12.00!  We sat outside the Pub: The Ship Inn where we had coffee (and a bite to eat for some!) and a welcome loo break. 

After this nice rest, we walked inland, following a path across fields until we reached the farm road. There was a bit of confusion there as to which path to take as a gate seemed to block the road. With the help of our fellow ramblers, we were soon on the right path. We followed the footpath over two more fields. This section was very muddy and slippery.

We eventually arrived at East Wittering Beach where we had lunch at about 2.00 pm! Some of us sat on benches and others on the pebbles, facing the sea. It was magical.  Gordon even had a paddle in the sea with his trousers rolled up!

After lunch we walked back to West Wittering, along the beach which was sandy and a lot easier to walk on than the pebbles. This took us about 30 minutes and some of us had some refreshments in the cafe there.

This was a lovely, relaxing and friendly day out!

Helene

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26 June 2021 (local)

  • Portsmouth to Havant:  12 June 2021
  • Walk Leader: Alan
  • Distance: 8 Miles
  • Start:  Hilsea Lido CP  GR: SU654045

Our walk began by the old A3 bridge which links Portsea Island to the mainland and eleven stalwart members set off on the path which runs alongside the historic Hilsea Lines, originally built in 1544 (and replaced in 1871), for the defence of the Island; they now provide a pleasant, wooded sanctuary for various flora and small fauna. The path ran along the north side of the Island as far as the Eastern Road which we crossed to enter Farlington Marshes; this stretch of land extends into Langstone Harbour and is a paradise for bird watchers and we were lucky enough to get a close up view of a Kestrel hovering over a potential prey; totally ignoring us it kept us entertained for several minutes.

The path circled the perimeter of the Marshes, eventually re-joining the coastal path, and offered extensive views in all directions. 

The harbour itself was once famous for its Oyster Beds; its fascinating history is recorded in a book written by one of our late Ramblers, Ron Tweed.

The path continued along the shoreline, with a short detour inland, to Langstone village, passing by the Old Mill, once owned by the well known Petersfield artist Flora Twort and for a short time, occupied by the author Nevil Shute, who was also a close friend of Flora’s.

Unfortunately, as we were having lunch, a group of walkers coming from the Langstone direction, informed us that the high tides of the previous nights had breached the foreshore path and the approach to Langstone had been cut off. We therefore had to abandon the last two miles of the planned walk. Instead, we retraced our steps via a path which wound its’ way inland, bringing us through an industrial estate which eventually led us into the centre of Havant and transport back to Portsmouth – a disappointing end to an otherwise excellent walk. 

Neville

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26 June 2021

This season’s final 2 days of the Coast to Coast adventures of our 4 Fearless Petersfield Ramblers. A 2nd season is being planned!

Day 6: 26 June 2021


The weather yesterday, (Day 5) was so bad that the decision was made to delay walking by a day. Rain was lashing down, strong winds and low cloud. We didn’t like the idea of the local newspaper having a headline of ‘Pensioners needed rescuing from the fells’, so we visited Keswick instead and walked the 6.5 miles back along a disused railway line.

Today we set out in high spirits. All of our training is paying off as we are getting fitter and stronger each day. The climbs are still tough but we are becoming increasingly confident in our walking through such difficult terrain.

The route out of Grasmere was straight into a long climb up by the side of Great Tongue and on up to Grisedale Tarn. On our way we were expertly passed by a young couple carrying their 8-month-old baby in a back pack. All seemed to be thoroughly enjoying their walk as they left us in their wake.

Grisedale Tarn

As we climbed higher the temperature dropped, the wind speed increased and the low cloud got lower. Nevertheless, we were able to see Grisedale Tarn when we reached it and then able to find our way towards Ruthwaite Lodge. The descent was made slightly more difficult due to the amount of water pouring down the hillside after yesterday’s rain. The path led ever downwards past long stretches of dry-stone walls, running up onto the high fells. The man hours that it must have taken to build them is staggering as well as the difficulty involved.

Eventually we reached Patterdale and that welcoming cup of tea at the local hotel, not to mention the scones and jam! Tomorrow brings us our greatest challenge of two long climbs and almost 13 miles of walking, but we are walking fit now and looking forward to conquering new heights.

Day 7: 27 June 2021

Back down the valley to Patterdale

This was the day we had earmarked as being the toughest of this stage. Over 12 miles, 3400 ft of elevation and difficult terrain. Setting off from Patterdale we began walking along uphill path, meeting on the way a group of women descending. They had wild camped next to Angle Tarn, had an early morning swim and were on their way back down. The path continued in its relentless uphill trend giving us fantastic views back down the hillside.

Angle Tarn

On reaching Angle Tarn we stopped for our morning break, enjoying our nourishment while captivated by the view. No time for too long a rest, there was more climbing to do, on and on, up and up, on stony paths. Eventually after three and a half hours of climbing we reached Kidsty Pike. Gratefully we sank down onto the rocks to eat a late lunch. As we did so we realised there was a long drop down into the valley close to where we were sitting, we were all very careful not to get too close.

Coffee break

Leaving the wonderful vistas behind us we began our descent. At first it was a gentle walk down grass covered slopes but then it changed dramatically. Dropping away quickly the path zigzagged sharply down hill with rocks and stones all the way. We necessarily took our time, one wrong step could have seen us tumbling down or injuring an ankle. Slowly we lost height and gratefully descended the last yards through steep, slippery, grass covered hillsides.

What lies ahead?

What a delight to be down. Only 5 miles to our destination along the shores of Haweswater Reservoir. We felt that at last we could pick up our pace and finish this leg of the walk. It was not to be. The path wound its way up and down along the edge of the reservoir, gaining height along stony, rocky paths only to plunge down again to the lake side. With energy at a low ebb we stopped for a quick bite to eat to revive the spirits. With blood sugar levels raised we continued to the end of the reservoir and our lift back to the hotel. Four weary, but very happy ramblers.

The path to Kidsty Pike

This then, has ended this stage of our Coast to Coast expedition. Stage 2 is planned for September.
It must be noted that without the wonderful support of Rob, Bob and Alan we would not have accomplished our walks. They uncomplainingly ferried us around, collected us, moved everything on to the next accommodation and listened to us talking about our exploits. Thank you.

Lynne

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