Start the New Year on the right foot with a bracing walk. Five great walks to choose from. Please note that Walk No. 5 is for all nature lovers. It will have an expert from "Heathland United " speaking about the Heathland that is a haven for some of Britain’s rarest wildlife and home to rare plants and animals – such as the sand lizard, woodlark and silver-studded blue butterfly .
Thursday 3rd Jan - 10:30am MIDURST QE1 OAK / COWDRAY COLOSSUS L: Peter B M: Alison & Peter Time: 2 hrs. Distance: 4 mile circular walk past Cowdray ruins and Polo grounds to the 1000 year old Queen Elizabeth I oak (one of 50 Great British trees). Not suitable for beginners.
Meet: Main car park just north of the centre of Midhurst, behind the bus station (small charge of 30p for 3 hrs).Map ref SU887218 GU29 9DW By Car: Take the A286 to Midhurst, through town centre to mini roundabout at bus station. Turn right into car park. By Bus: To Midhurst bus station.
Mon 7th Jan - 10:30am PETWORTH PARK L: Gerald M: Time: 1 hr 30 mins Distance: 3 miles. Come and see the fallow deer, the Monument & a surprise Dog’s Face. A chance to enjoy the picturesque and peaceful countryside in and around Petworth Park. One steep ascent, one steep descent and one rutted patch.
Meet: The Horse Guards Inn, Upperton Road, Tillington, GU28 9AF. SU963 220. By Car: 1 mile west from Petworth on A272, then, in the middle of Tillington, turn north following brown tourist sign to The Horse Guards. Parking in road. Contact Gerald on 07748 597 568 if uncertain. Dogs welcome. By Bus: Bus No. 1 from Midhurst or Worthing and alight at Tillington (Upperton Road stop).
Thurs 24th Jan - 10:30am SUTTON COMMON L: Peter B M: Peter D Time: 2 hrs Distance: 4.5 miles through woodlands and sandy heathland (3 stiles)
Meet: Lord's Piece car park (SU993169) Post code RH20 1 HG By Car: A27 to Fontwell, A29 towards Pulborough, left on B2138 (Fittleworth) and immediately left signposted West Burton and Bignor right at road "triangle" for 1 mile to car park on right. Call Peter on 07920 461392 if uncertain.
Tuesday 29 Jan. 10.30-13.00 5 mile stroll. Sullington and Washington Common. L: John Mayes 01798 343960.
Meet : Roadside outside Frankland Arms pub, Washington RH20 4AL. Pub after walk to be decided. Discover the lovely countryside
Thursday 31st Jan - 10:30am IPING COMMON L: Bruce M: Peter D Time: 2 hrs Distance: 4.3 miles. Ascent 80m. Lovely heathland area. On paths, no stiles, might be muddy in places.
Meet: Iping Common car park - SU852220, (Nearest Postcode GU29 0PB)http://maps.google.com/maps?t=m&z=15&q=50.9911,-0.7874 By Car: A286 to Midhurst, at mini roundabout in the town, turn left onto A272 towards Petersfield. After 2 miles turn left into Elsted Road (signposted Elsted/Harting). By Bus: 92 from Midhurst Bus Station to Elsted Road. Car park is 100 yards down Elsted Road.