East Meon to QE Country Park (Petersfield) 4.5 miles
We were very pleased to find that the South Downs Way is really well sign posted as neither of us had walked round here before. There were some fabulous views across rolling fields of rape, and loads of sheep so Liz was in her element, although they were not very good at posing for the camera. They were also pretty mangy looking as they were losing their fleece!
Today’s walking was fairly flat and apart from the frequent photo stops we were soon heading along the road to Butser Hill and its iconic communications tower. It was quite hazy but we could still see the sea, and it became quite windy and chilly.
Having left one car at the Park our first challenge was finding the Sustainability Centre, which turned out to be on the site of the HMS Mercury, the navy’s former Signal School. There is quite a lot of house building going on opposite the Centre and it is quite obvious that the gardening will be quite a chalky challenge.
These really are ‘EASYCARE’ sheep, bred to moult so uneconomic shearing is not necessary
It’s a family affair!
Our lunch stop was slightly downhill out of the wind but with the fabulous view across to the sea. And then, it was downhill all the way, down Butser Hill and back to the QE Park, a total distance according to our pedometers of 4.5 miles, not 4 (every little helps!)
Refreshment reward was to be at the café back at the Sustainability Centre – we bet there is carrot cake we said, and sure enough there was! But instead we had brilliant ice creams made by a local company in Twyford.