Walk 4 - Circle In The Sand
DATE: Thursday 26 January 2023
START LOCATION: Chapel Common, Rake
W3W/GRID REF: ///preheated.masterpiece.range; SU813 286
DISTANCE: 5 miles
DURATION: 2 hours 30
We won’t be as rash as to promise you won’t get muddy on this walk, but the Greensand ridge north of Petersfield does offer walkers welcome relief under foot at this time of year. This 5 mile circuit follows the Serpents Way across Chapel Common before crossing over to find the chapel in the woods on the ridge above Maysleith Hanger. The dainty Winter Aconites might even be out to greet us at St Lukes. They were there last January. From there it’s a loop of the hanger edge around to Liphook Golf Club and Forest Mere before coming back across the common. We are pretty confident that this walk is about as clean as it gets in January!
If anyone would like something warm and comforting after our walk, the cafe at Blue Diamond Garden Centre, Rake is only a short distance up the road.
Malinka from Rural Strides is a co-organiser of the walking festival. Rural Strides was set up to promote the beauty and variety of the local Weald and Downland area, as a walking destination close to London. With a wealth of knowledge of local routes, hidden gems and where to find nature at its best in every season, Rural Strides is your ideal walking companion for the Hampshire/West Sussex borderlands.