Walk 31 - Loopy About Lupins
DATE: Thursday 22 June 2023
START LOCATION: Terwick (further details will be provided to signed up walkers
DISTANCE: 4.5 miles
DURATION: approx 2 hours
We all think of summer as the pinnacle of the growing season, the time when our gardens are at their most colourful. However, out in the countryside the delicate summer meadow and hedgerow flowers are often partially, if not completely, overshadowed, by all the lush greenery. Particularly so this year given all the rain we’ve had. Fortunately, a few striking summer flowers still manage to make their presence felt, despite the bramble and nettle thugs. One is the beautiful, multi-coloured lupin. Here in the Western Weald we are fortunate to have a vibrant, natural display of lupins every summer just outside Rogate. They are an explosion of colour in an otherwise green corridor of agricultural land along the Rother valley. The sensory experience is not just visual, their perfume is also alluring…for humans and bees alike.
Jenny is a Petersfield stalwart, having lived in town and walked around the area for 42 years. As well as walking Jenny and her husband were founder members of Liss Runners, another great way to get to know the local footpaths and byways. Like many runners, she has clocked up her fair share of half and full marathons over the years, including no less than 12 London marathon entries! Jenny’s speedy genes apply to walking too, having completed the former 80 mile long South Downs Way in just 27 hours. Hopefully, she took her ascent of Mt Kilimanjaro a little slower! As she values the friendship that comes from walking, she now leads a walking group which meets weekly and is part of a small group aiming to complete the Coast-to-Coast national trail this year.