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First itchings of a Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey Spring

  • Mar 9, 2013 · 8:30 AM
  • Waterloo Station, near main ticket office opposite plat 17

The Met Office, which decides the weather and seasons and stuff like that, is in no doubt: Spring officially begins on Friday 1st March. So welcome to our first official Spring walk; who knows, perhaps even with a daffodil or two (I wouldn't get your hopes up on that score, although we might stretch to the odd snowdrop).

It will lead approximately 12 miles (18km) from the small just-in-Hampshire village of Liphook. Soon passing across the heavily wooded border with West Sussex, we will pass across commons and through dingly dells towards the inevitable lunchtime pub stop.

After lunch, because I know you will be ready for it like coiled springs, comes the highlight of the day: an ascent of Blackdown, at 919 feet the highest point in the historic county of Sussex. Its wooded slopes and (on a fine day) views stretching as far as the English Channel were beloved of the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, who kept a house on its eastern slopes.

From there it is a few more miles of bucolic wood and pasture before our endpoint in the Surrey townlet of Haslemere, famed for being the home of my Auntie Liz. So yes, those of you who have been keeping up will have observed: in this short walk we will have traversed parts of not one, not two, but three separate counties. Now that's what I call value for money.

Marvellous: see you there.

Oh, and it's worth noting that the lunch stop comes quite late (about 1pm) on this one. Bring a snack if your stomach is likely to growl!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Rich for organising and everyone for creating this great event. It was great fun. Yesterday was my first serious hiking in England and this morning was my first serious trainer-washing events. Thanks for helping me to achieve these "firsts"! See you soon.

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Tim R.

    Stonking walk. Splendid woods, floods, mud, low clouds, pubs, puds and mud. Not to mention the chats, hats, mud spats and pints.

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Danielle

    I heartily agree with everyone - a super, if muddy, day! Looking forward to the next one.

    March 10, 2013

  • Joan

    Fantastic day, great people and choice of pubs and route. Thanks Rich :)

    March 10, 2013

  • Liam

    Despite being one of those days where your visual cortex is imprinted with... well, mud, really, and occassionally the boots of the walker in front of you, it was a grand walk, with ups and downs, lots of paths, insane donkies, a decent lunchtime pub, and a extremely relaxed ending! Apologies for trying to poison people with my out-of-date chocolate fudge bars. Damned corner store...

    1 · March 10, 2013

    • Helena

      Well I sure felt a bit peaky this morning. You might say it was the beer, but I am blaming it on the dodgy chocolate..

      March 10, 2013

  • KIRAN

    Great walk..I really enjoyed this walk as these are the sorts of walks I ideally look out for. I also met some lovely people :-) .
    Lunch time pub and food was great too...Rich, thank you for this...would love to join you again!

    4 · March 10, 2013

  • Nuria

    Great walk and day out!

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Lucy H.

    Another corker! Beautiful mossy landscape, frisky horses and lovely people. Shame about the mud but we can't have it all. Thanks Rich!

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • Vanessa L.

    I had a really great day, thanks for organising! Just the right distance and difficulty!

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • Helena

    Great walk in excellent company, thanks!

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • cindy

    Brilliant walk. really beautiful varied landscapes. Great pubs!!

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • KIRAN

    Hi guys
    Running a little late....I might be there by 0835-0840...kindly wait for me...sorry for the inconvenience...thanks

    March 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Me too! I may be late for 10 minutes. Sorry!

      March 9, 2013

  • Elisa

    Sorry I don't feel well :-(

    March 9, 2013

  • Ioanna

    very sorry but return it is too late for me as i have already made plans for the evening! see you next time!

    March 9, 2013

  • Andrea

    I am just a bit confused, cannot find the train prices...

    March 5, 2013

    • Rich

      For the confused: the train fare will come in the form of group tickets which I'll get when all are assembled at Waterloo. The exact price will depend on how many we are on the day, but I estimate in the region of £12.

      1 · March 5, 2013

    • Liam

      Group tickets are cheaper, (lots!) and besides, Rich likes to hold us hostage - be on your best behaviour, or you don't get your return...

      1 · March 8, 2013

  • Ioanna

    Hi guys!does anyone know what time are we coming back to waterloo tomorrow?

    March 8, 2013

  • Andrea

    Been called in to work a few hours in the morning, I won't be able to catch the train booo! :( How annoying!!!!

    March 8, 2013

  • KIRAN

    I would be really happy to get into the first walks of this spring season...I will cross my fingers to it.. and will be my first walk with meet up:-)

    March 8, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Due to being I'll all week I think it's best I don't come on this walk and slow you all down!

    March 7, 2013

  • Julian

    Sorry. I'm going to my parent's house in Somerset for the weekend - - it's Mother's Day on Sunday!

    March 3, 2013

  • Vanessa L.

    This will be my first walk & I'm looking forward to meeting you all. Just one question: Train tickets?

    February 28, 2013

  • Vanessa L.

    This will be my first walk, I'm looking forward to meet you all. Just one question: train tickets?

    February 28, 2013

  • Chris

    Drat and double-drat! I'll be away topping up my tan in St. Leonards that weenend ...

    February 27, 2013

  • helene

    I should be able to make that one (yeahhhh!). Should there be any change I will let you know by the end of this week ;-)

    February 26, 2013

  • Jonathan

    Sadly I won't be able to make it this month!

    February 26, 2013

  • Helena

    I'll try not to injure myself this time, although it could be tough with all these springs on the loose!

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will make it to this one even if I have to camp in the train station all night! :))

    February 26, 2013

  • Liam

    3 Springs for the price of one? I'm in!

    February 25, 2013

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