W is for a Week of Walking, Water, Woods, Windmills, Words and Wellies
Half term has been a busy week, I instigated Wellie Boot-Camp and dragged my reluctant children out practically every day using well turned phrases like ‘A bit of fresh air will do you good’ or ‘You’ll enjoy it once you’re there.’ I had the week planned out to military precision. Here’s what they had to endure, I mean, enjoy …
Sunday : Chichester Harbour
Chichester Harbour is a large natural harbour, straddling the counties of West Sussex and Hampshire. The marina cafe is great for tea and cake or a light lunch. Alternatively, you can walk around the harbour to Dell Quay for a lovely pub meal.
Monday : Halnaker Windmill
Love the walk along Stane Street, an ancient roman road leading from Chichester to London. I always think the path looks like some sort of magical vortex. After about 3/4 of a mile, you turn off to climb the hill up to the windmill.
A well known Sussex landmark which can be seen for miles around. From the top of the hill, you can see the Isle of Wight and Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth.
Tuesday : Petworth Park
Just 20 minutes north of me in the South Downs is Petworth Park. A 700 acre National Trust park designed by ‘Capability’ Brown and immortalised in Turner’s painting, it is home to Fallow Deer and ancient trees. Even when the car park is busy, once you’re out in the park you wouldn’t think another soul was about, it feels so empty. 🙂
Wellies very much the order of the day
The view from the folly at the top of the hill was worth the climb
Wednesday : Moors Valley
Moors Valley is usually just an hour’s drive from me, but I somehow managed to take a wrong turn and end up in Ringwood. My son thought he would be helpful and navigate via my iPhone but once we got back on the A31 we sailed straight by the slip road we needed. Fortunately a roundabout not much further ahead gave us the chance to turn round. Hooray, we finally reach Moors Valley, a place I have visited many times over the years, but obviously still have directional issues! It’s great for walking and cycling with adventure trails, ‘Go Ape’ and Tree Top Walks.
Tree Top Walk
Thursday : Arundel
The week gradually got colder, by Thursday the wind was bitter and we were all flagging a bit.
We settled for a walk at Arundel, which was made bearable by a pit stop in the local tea shop.
Arundel Cathederal overlooking the town and the River Arun, which is one of the fastest tidal rivers in the country, with lots of dangerous under-currents.
Friday : Whacked Out!
After a week at Wellie Boot Camp, I have given my Unit a ‘R&R’ day, much to their relief.
Mission complete, I can now retire my wellies and relax with a cup of tea and a book
Have a lovely weekend!
(All photographs copyrighted to Sue Fortin)