The walk on Sunday 6th January 2008 was included in the programme as the Chairman's Special. Ruth led some 34 of us on an eight mile walk to the west of Fordingbridge using only Footpaths falling within our area of interest.
On the way, several broken stiles had to be contended with. The bottom of one stile had disappeared completely and the barbed wire made it quite a hazard for walkers.
(Photos submitted by DK)
The Society's Chairman recently tried to relinquish her post by disappearing into Linwood Bog! Two public footpaths cross the bog which she and our President were recently trying to use. As will be seen this remains difficult - and even in only relatively wet weather has been so for as many years as we can remember.During the whole of that time we have been pressing Hampshire County Council to improve the situation - but they say this is complicated by nature conservation considerations. We believe the rights of walkers should prevail and that a solution acceptable to walkers and nature conservationists should be possible.
Photos and text submitted by RB)
On Tuesday, 29th January,Keith led us on a walk across heath and woodland to the Lakes at Blashford.This is one of several stops that he made to tell us all about the history of the area and other useful information.
(Photo submitted by Mary
Linford Bottom - Cadman's Pool
Sunday, 17th February was a very bright and sunny day for the 10.5 mile circular walk from Linford Bottom to Cadman's Pool. The walk was led by Hazel and Kelvin.
(Photo submitted by Margaret)
Barford Down & River Avon
The 5 mile walk on Wednesday, 27th January was led by Claire & David. The circular walk went from Standlynch across Barford Down and then back along the River Avon through Trafalgar Park. 25 members took part and enjoyed the countryside to be found in this part of Wiltshire.
(Photos submitted by DM & Mary)
Three Churches Walk
The Three Churches walk on Saturday, 12th April was led by Rowan, our President.Over 50 members took part in the 8 mile walk which started at Breamore Church (above). A guided tour of this 11th Century Saxon church was given by Gwen who is also a club member.
From Breamore, the walkers moved on to Hale where they enjoyed a guided tour of the 14th century church of St Mary's with its Baroque interior.The church is adjacent to Hale House.Crossing the water meadows to Hale, the heavens opened and everyone got absolutely soaked in a torrential April downpour.
Having dried out in the warm sunshine, the group arrived at Woodgreen Village Hall for a talk about the hall which was built in 1930/31. 2 students from the London College of Art were commissioned to decorate the walls entirely with murals depicting Woodgreen village life as it was then. Everyone was treated to a delicious cream tea which was provided by the ladies of the village.
On the way back to the car park at Breamore Church the group passed Breamore Mill .
(Photos submiited by RB & Margaret)
Calshot Beach & Ashlett Creek
On Saturday 31 May, Reg led a group of 16 club members on a 10 mile walk to Calshot Beach passing Ashlett Creek and Fawley Power Sation in the morning. This was a most enjoyable walk in spite of the unbroken sunshine and high humidity throughout the day. By 12.30pm we had reached Calshot Spit where we stopped for lunch.
(Photo submitted by DK)
Once again, Robin very kindly offered his delightful garden as the venue for this year's Summer Lunch held on Sunday 8th June. As can be seen from the following photos, many club members enjoyed the glorious sunshine and lovely surroundings
.In accordance with tradition, Cyril led a walk of 4.5 miles before the lunch.
(Photographs submitted by DK)
On Thursday, 12th June, Keith led a group of club members on two walks - the first one started at Badbury rings to see the bee orchids and walk through High Wood.This was followed at 6.30pm by a walk from Pamphill Green.
(Photo submitted by Margaret)
Fishbourne - Birdham This was a walk from Fishbourne to Birdham led by Lindsay & David.It was a circular walk to Dell Quay and Birdham, crossing Chichester Channel by ferry at Itchenor to Bosham (Photos submitted by Chris)
A visit to Anne Sevier's Farm
This was a guided tour around the farm owned by Ann Sevier, a commoner of the New Forest. It was a fascinating evening and the group saw many interesting wild flowers. They learned a great deal about commoning, looking after the cattle and New Forest ponies and the traditional way of farming on the New Forest.
(Photos submitted by Chris & Ruth)
Ringstead & Durdle Door Ringstead & Durdle Door - an 8 mile walk partly on the SW Coastal path. This was led by Ruth. The walkers enjoyed spectacular views on a very warm and cloudless day.
(Photos submitted by Chris)
Trig Point walk Keith led a 3.5 mile walk from Moyles Court to our adopted Trig Point where the walkers enjoyed a glass of wine and light refreshments. A large number of RFFS members joined in. (Photos submitted by DK)
Yarmouth-Needles-Tennyson Down- Yarmouth A group of 16 walkers, led by Ruth, set off on the ferry from Lymington for a 12.7 mile walk on the Isle of Wight. The weather was superb for walking and the route took us from Yarmouth to the Needles via Totland & Alum Bay, over the top of Tennyson Down and down into Freshwater. After a stop for a cup of tea, jam & cream scones or in some cases an ice cream, the group made its way back to Yarmouth for the ferry to Lymington.
(Photos submitted by Chris, Ray & DK)
Whitchurch & Test Valley
The walk this Sunday started at Whitchurch. It was led by Pat and David Rawden who took the group of 13 walkers on an enjoyable 8 mile ramble over chalk downlands and along the Test Valley. As can be seen from the photos, the sky was grey and rain wasn't far away.Although it was humid, we were lucky that it remained dry and warm
(Photos submitted by DK)
Corfe to Swanage via Ballard Down
A group of 19 club members met at Corfe for an 8 mile ridge walk to Swanage via the Obelisk and Ballard Down. The walk was led by Ruth who couldn't have picked a better day. The walk ended on the beach at Swanage and everyone returned to Corfe on the steam train.
(Photos submitted by Mary B)
Circular walk from Godshill
The walk this Tuesday started at Godshill Cricket Ground. A group of 17 walkers, led by Ruth, enjoyed a 4.5 mile circular walk on the Forest. On the way, the group came across the family of pigs (opposite) who were exercising the Commoners' "Right of Mast"
(Photos by DK)
Kite Flying at Lepe for campaign to achieve coastal access
On Saturday 22nd November a group of walkers from the Hampshire area flew kites at Lepe Country Park to gain publicity for the campaign to achieve coastal access. 5 members of our Footpath Society took part.
Path clearance at Breamore (Old railway line) On Thursday 27th November, a small working party of some 9 club members turned up at Breamore to start on the first phase of clearing a new path which will run from footpath1 past the old Breamore railway station and on to link up with footpath 2 at Charford.
End of Year walk from Moyles Court to the Alice Lisle39 members turned up on a cold but dry morning for Keith's traditional walk from Moyles Court Sandpit. The first half took us around Blashford Lakes and into the Alice Lisle pub for coffee and mince pies and then back to the car park via the woods and heathland.