Walk 50 - Apple Trac
DATE: Saturday 7 October
START LOCATION: Car Park beside Blackmoor Church
POST CODE: GU33 6BS
DISTANCE: 7.5 miles
DURATION: Approx 3 hours 30 with lunch stop
This circular walk centres around the Blackmoor Estate, past and present. Blackmoor itself is a Victorian village that was built in the late 1800s by Sir Roundell Palmer, who later became the 1st Earl of Selborne. The village remains largely unspoilt and the estate is still a family-run farm with a long experience of growing both traditional and new varieties of English apples and pears. More recently they have added cherries into the mix. This is a scenic, largely flat walk with one, long, steady, uphill climb on a quiet lane. If you fancy sampling either their apples, pears, apple juice or Gospel Oak cider the farm shop is open Monday-Friday.
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.