After a lengthy planning meeting which consisted of “what are you taking in your sandwiches?” today’s walk was scheduled to be a long one, estimated at 8 miles, and walking from Cheesefoot Head to Exton. However, our intrepid duo had reckoned without the Boomtown Festival that had sprung up; we didn’t have our hard hats with us but in any case the entrance to the South Downs Way was prohibited. What a great start to the day!
So now, we did have to have a planning meeting and eventually decided to start at Milbury’s pub at Beauworth; this shortened our walk by probably 4 miles which was a good thing. We started out walking along a pleasant lane before turning on to a woodland path and on to farmland.
Here Allison was able to demonstrate that “The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye” (Oklahoma) although of course, some bright spark will point out that in the film Curly was singing about what we call wheat…..or is it maize? (“MAIZE” – Bright spark!)
On to Beacon Hill and past the beacon that forms part of the chain of bonfires that are lit for national celebrations. We had a stunning view from up here but there followed very steep diagonal descent which led into fields and our first stiles. OK so they weren’t 5 bar gates but a couple were certainly not constructed with short legged ladies in mind!
Into the village of Exton for a drink and crisps in the garden at The Shoe Inn before heading back to the car. And then, we had to find our way back to Milbury’s………….