Walk 17 - Compton Saxon Circuit
DATE: Thursday 20 April
START LOCATION: Compton Recreation Ground Car Park – Free
POST CODE/GRID REF: PO18 9HA / SU775 145
DISTANCE: 5 miles
DURATION: 2 hours (plus break)
The word ‘Easter’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon pagan goddess Eostre, the goddess of spring/renewal.
Our area is fortunate to have the remains of several ancient, pagan civilisations. The most accessible can be found on Petersfield Heath. This is the site of the largest Bronze Age barrow cemeteries in the South of England. Venture a little further afield on this walk to discover the site of a neolithic long barrow, one of the UK’s most important Saxon cemeteries, a Saxon church and restored Georgian cart shed……as well as an excellent village coffee shop (with cake!)
Sue Webber is a walking guide, historian & artist. Since returning to the UK, after many years living in Australia, she has worked for Sustrans & several local museums/heritage centres including currently at The Novium & Fishbourne Roman Palace. She combines all her passions in personal walking projects. These can be found on her website Hand Eye, Land Sky. She is currently walking to London from her home in Rowlands Castle, soaking up local history along her route and using the landscape & natural products to inspire & create her art work.