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Event Reports from Solent Group


July 2018: Shanklin, Isle Of Wight

25 Jul 2018 | Solent Group

A group of Solent members from the mainland joined Phil & other islanders for a 9 mile circular walk starting at Shanklin Railway Station.

On leaving the station, we followed the disused railway line heading inland to Manor Farm on Wroxall Down at 900 ft. with great views of the surrounding countryside before passing radio masts & descending Nansen Hill.

An early afternoon cream tea was taken at Smugglers Haven Tearooms on St. Boniface Down before joining the coastal path via the Devils Chimney, a narrow rock cleft between Bonchurch & Luccombe....
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Acres Down, near Lyndhurst, New Forest

20 May 2018 | Solent Group

Nine walkers set out from Acres Down near Lyndhurst on a beautiful sunny morning for a 7 mile walk through shady woods and across the open forest. We spotten many new born foals, buzzars, some deer and the end of the bluebells along the route and stopped for a picnic lunch with views across the heath. After lunch we made our way through Murray's Passage and back to Acres Down where we enjoyed a sumptuous cream tea with a bonus slice of cake before setting off home.
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Cheriton (April 2018)

6 May 2018 | Solent Group

A group of 15 members and 1 dog enjoyed a 9 mile walk led by Richard on an overcast, and at times, rainy day starting at the village green in Cheriton.

We proceeded in an easterly direction before dropping down to cross the A 272 at Bramdean and pausing for a coffee break at the C12th church of St. Simon and St. Jude. From there we continued westwards until reaching Hinton Ampner, house and gardens owned by the National Trust. The property was originally built in 1790, but was remodelled twice before being severely damaged by fire in 1960 and restored again to its current design....
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The Mardens: March 2018

4 Apr 2018 | Solent Group

This joint Solent/Sussex walk was led by Justin on a snowy morning starting at Stoughton, north west of Chichester. Walking through varying landscapes, woodland to open fields with fantastic views, we stopped for a coffee break at St Michael's Church, Up Marden. Dating from the 13th century, having no electricity & being lit by candlelight.

Proceeding at a good pace, we spotted deer & a lone hare before arriving at Compton village where we stopped for lunch at the Coach & Horses pub. Established ...
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