Walking on the grassy path at the start was to seem really luxurious as very soon this gave way to flinty chalk, which was quite hard on the feet with extra care needed not to turn ankles.
An impressively on-time rendezvous at The Half Moon (outside) in Midhurst saw the start of today’s leg from Harting Hill to Hill Barn, just south of Cocking, a distance of 7 miles.
Having found the Hill Barn car park, it was then back to Harting for the start of our longest walk so far.
Off we go!
The view, although a little hazy, was spectacular, with miles of rolling farmland and fields of yellow rape. In the far distance we could see the sea as well as the unmistakeable canopies of Goodwood racecourse.
Towards Bexley Hill, Midhurst
Our usual discussion about food turned to the need to have a bit more to eat on our longer walks to keep the energy levels up (must bear this excuse in mind when we are scoffing biscuits and cakes in The Rosemary Foundation office).
Grassy path morphs into chalk and flint lanes
At times it was wonderfully quiet with just the sounds and timbres of nature the only things to be heard from pheasants, wood pigeons, chaffinches, bees and at one point, a peacock! This turned out to be at Monkton House, where at one time, Edward James lived. He was a British poet known for his patronage of the surrealist art movement.
The car is in sight … oh no that’s where we head next time!
The last mile was a bit of a slog, luckily downhill with the A286 tantalisingly in sight.
Today’s reward was a large ice cream each.
In the car on the way back to South Harting we came across a road closure, which turned out to be for a herd of cows returning from being milked to continue with their peripatetic lifestyle.
It was another great achievement today, particularly as the up hill challenges were so energy sapping, which needed many stops to admire the views!