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Midsummer Marathon Madness: Petersfield to Winchester

  • Jun 29, 2013 · 7:30 AM
  • Waterloo Station, near main ticket office opposite plat 17

Well, it's that time of year: when the days reach their longest extent and midsummer madness strikes. And the thought strikes me: it's been a couple of years since we took full advantage with a marathon walk. To this end I present to you: the western reaches of the South Downs, from Petersfield to Winchester.

Remeasuring it on the map, I actually find it's not quite a marathon: at 23 miles (36 km) it falls slightly short of that Olympic goal. But once you factor in walking to the station in the morning and back...

And with a good few ups and downs (the South Downs are famed for their ups), this is not a walk for the faint-hearted (-or legged). But with fine views, glorious green fields, chocolate-box villages and some very nice pubs. (Despite the length of the walk, there will be pubs, including the inevitable one for lunch, which is a real corker: http://www.theshoeinn.moonfruit.com/#/exton/[masked] ). And ending up in the lovely cathedral city of Winchester, with its ample opportunities for R&R.

But it would be remiss of me not to take this opportunity for a few passive-aggressive notes. I do like the occasional passive-aggressive note.

Passive-aggressive notes

  • Please don't sign up for this walk unless you are sure of covering the distance. There are few if any public transport connections along the way, so if you can't you'll probably end up in a taxi.
  • Given the length of the walk, you'll need to do it at the pace I set, which will be a committed, but eminently do-able, 3mph (give or take, I don't (yet) have an inbuilt speedometer).
  • This will be a long old day! Don't make any evening plans.

That all said, it's gonna be great! NB I am going to be out of the country and away from email until the week before the walk, so there might be a delay in responding to any queries. I will endeavour to do so on my return though! As ever I shall get group tickets for the train when we are all assembled. The train fare will probably be a little more than usual - I estimate around £20.

Marvellous - see you there!

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  • Spencer

    Yep, great day out and good to meet you all. Not too many battle scars, other than a little toe sized blister on my little toe!

    July 2, 2013

  • RACHEL M.

    Thanks everyone for a great day out. Feet were sore but the gin and tonics helped! see you all again soon I hope

    July 1, 2013

  • kate H

    Had a fab time...despite my little toe looking like a miniture pink light bulb this morning
    Good company all the way...3 pub stops (my kind of walk)
    Thanks to Rich and his noble battle against hay fever

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Liam

    'twas a long day, but beautiful weather and a damned fine walk. Most pleasing to sit in "oldest pub in england" at the end and quaff a pint or two.
    WARNING : If you're going to do a straight(ish) walk for almost a whole day, suggest you walk some of it backwards, as otherwise you get the most asymmetrical sunburn... ;)

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Makeiba

    Sorry can't make it now...for a few good reasons I promise :p... have fun!

    June 28, 2013

  • Chris

    looking forward to the long walk!

    June 28, 2013

  • Liam

    I know you Rich ... that 3mph - that factors in the pub breaks, doesn't it? So when we're not in a pub, are we running? ;)

    June 13, 2013

    • Rich

      Pub stops are excluded from the 3mph. They happen at 0mph, except when I'm making for the bar, which clocks in at about 15mph, and counts to my average.

      June 26, 2013

    • Liam

      Well if you're first at the bar, mines a pint...

      June 28, 2013

  • Danny

    Sorry Rich, have stuff booked on Saturday so can't make this one. Enjoy.

    June 27, 2013

  • Chris

    Not sure I'd hack it over that distance, but I have a choir concert that day with London Docklands Singers which saves me having to decide! Have a great day.

    June 27, 2013

  • cindy

    I think I am going to wimp out on this one….I am ashamed to be the twit taking a cab at the lunch pub stop…..

    June 25, 2013

    • Joan

      this twit might have to join you!

      June 25, 2013

    • Rich

      well if you're all taking a cab at least it will be cheaper...

      June 26, 2013

  • cindy

    Hi Rich

    I am starting to doubt my ability…it think I can……I may get a cab at the lunch pub……..would that be a disgrace?!!!

    June 25, 2013

  • Helena

    Regrettably having to pull out of this, just don't think I'll be sufficiently fit. My ankle is slow to heal. Hope to see you all soon!

    June 24, 2013

  • vanessa

    I have miles to go before I sleep, but I think I'm going to take a pass on this 23...wish you all a sunny day!

    June 17, 2013

  • Lucy H.

    Cant make this one sadly. Have a fantastic day!

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry too far for us to get to! Enjoy.

    June 15, 2013

  • Claire

    Would LOVE to do this but will be away :-(
    Enjoy!!

    June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You are hardcore! I couldn't walk that far in a million years ;-)

    Have fun!

    June 12, 2013

  • Vanessa L.

    I was looking forward to this, but I have already agreed to do another walk instead. I was hoping this marathon walk would be on 22nd June. Oh well, enjoy your day out!

    June 12, 2013

  • Tim 2

    Looks a good one... sorry I can't make it!

    June 12, 2013

  • Julian

    Will be on holiday in France. Have a great day!

    1 · June 12, 2013

  • Tim R.

    Noooo! Oh well, can't make that. Singing in a summer concert. Hope you have a lovely day.

    June 11, 2013

  • Carol

    sadly I'll be away that weekend for Scandinavian midsummer madness of a different sort

    1 · June 11, 2013

  • Helena

    Gonna give it a go!

    June 11, 2013

  • Nathan

    doh! Yet another weekend clash :( Hope to be another walk soon have fun!

    June 11, 2013

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