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    October 19, 2019

    10:00 am-1:00 pm
    October 19, 2019
    Swallowfield Park
    Church Rd, Swallowfield. Grid reference SU732648, nearest post code RG7 1TH

    The October walk will be on Saturday October 19th. This will be a circular walk starting at Swallowfield Park at 10:00 and will be about 7 miles long. We should be back at 13:00.

    Read Paul’s invitation:

    The route

    We will head around the fields and a short distance down the Blackwater River before crossing into Bramshill Plantation. Here we will pass by some of the ponds in amongst the pines before circling back over the fields to the Whitewater River. We will see more of the Whitewater than on any of my previous walks and then continue past Riseley Mill and Farm on the way back to the start. I saw many red kites there yesterday and a kingfisher had just been spotted on the river before I arrived.

    We will be walking on the river paths, through fields and farmland and forestry plantation, however there will be some road walking on the quiet country lanes. Most paths are in good condition with just a muddy patch on entry to the plantation.

    There are four stiles and two small obstacles to climb over en route but not the tall stiles this year! Dogs on leads please and this walk is not really suitable for buggies and prams.

    The venue

    This year we are not using the church car park. We will be parking in the grounds of Swallowfield Park very close to it. We will park under the trees almost immediately after the cattle grid by the entrance.

    Instead of turning into the church car park on Church rd, take the entrance to Swallowfield Park right next to it. (Look for large notice advertising fireworks display.)

    We hope you can join us!