Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Fernhurst Easter Walk

Bluebell wood“Bluebells, Noah’s Ark and Lurgashall Winery”

Hazel Bradbury writes about her first walk with the St Paul’s Walking group on Easter Bank Holiday Monday 25th April.

This was our first time with St. Paul’s Walking group and we were a little unsure as to how we would cope with a 7 to 8 mile walk as we hadn’t walked this distance before.

We set out on Easter Monday morning driving to Fernhurst in West Sussex, where we started our walk. The village is surrounded by hills. According to Wikipedia these include Telegraph Hill 676 feet (206 m), Marley Heights 700 feet (210 m), Bexley Hill 600 feet (180 m), Fridays Hill 675 feet (206 m) and the highest hill in Sussex, Blackdown 919 feet (280 m) to the northeast.

The countryside is so beautiful around Fernhurst and the show of bluebells we found every time we passed through woodland was spectacular. We were more than ready for our sandwiches by the time we got to the picturesque village green at Lurgashall, where we sat under a tree in the shade with a cool beer from the Noah’s Ark pub – perfect!

Noah's Ark Pub, Lurgashall

After lunch we set off again feeling refreshed and visited the famous Lurgashall Winery on the way home (where they say you can enjoy a true 'Taste of England'). Stopping off we sampled their wares, and enjoyed a a nice cup of tea. By the time we got back to our cars those miles had flown by. The weather had been glorious all day. The countryside was stunning and the company was excellent. What more could anyone want.

What a wonderful day!

 Members of the St Paul's Walking GroupFor more information on the walking group, and other walks done, take a look at some of their other blog posts here.