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Frensham Great Pond, Alice Holt Forrest and Roledge

After a night of wind and heavy rain the sun finally broke through in time for the start of this lovely walk planned by James.  17 guys assembled at the car park of Great Frensham Pond where we divided into 2 groups.  Gordon lead the first group of six and the remaining formed a group with myself. We aimed to be 15 minutes apart although with a couple of hitches at the start that became 25 minutes.  Throughout the day, with the exception of the occasional shower, we had good spells of sunshine which enhanced the stunning autumn colours.

Setting off along the perimeter of the pond we then followed a wooded path that partly followed the River Way. After a short stretch we then crossed over the river towards Dockenfield before turning off to walk through meadows where we had our morning break.  The route then took us through wooded areas, Abbotts Wood Inclosure, Willow's Green Inclosure and onto Alice Holt Forrest.  Here the visitors centre provided an ideal spot for lunch with plenty of open space with picnic tables well spaced out which we enjoyed in the autumn sunshine.  The afternoon leg of the walk took us through Glenbervie Inclosure, the villages of Rowledge and Spreakley and then across Frensham Common before returning to the car park.  Sadly no tea and cakes again due to coronavirus restrictions.

A special thanks to James for planning this walk, to Gordon for co-leading this walk with myself and to all the participants who made the day so enjoyable.

We will endeavour to keep our walks going while we can.

Adrian Steel

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