Friday, 27 May 2011

Sows of Selborne – Walk on

Sow of Selborne with 9 pigletsWords by: Mike Fugeman  Pictures by: Jane Orr

“meeting on the way a sow and her litter of 9 recently born piglets. “

Under the once again excellent leadership of Graham Le Clercq, a group of 13 of us left St Paul’s at 8:30am on Saturday 21 May and headed south to Selborne in Hampshire.

Magnificent views On what turned out to be an absolutely glorious day, we set off from the National Trust car park in Selborne on our 7.3 mile journey and headed up the famous zig-zag path [cut into the hillside in the 1760’s by Gilbert White and his brother John, to provide easier access to the Hanger and Selborne Common - ed] to cross Selborne Common [designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation - ed] with magnificent views across rural Hampshire.

Having passed through Newton Valence [famous for Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas D'Oyly Snow, who commanded many of the major battles in the first world war -ed], a short refreshment break was taken in the grounds of Upper Farringdon church before yet another wonderful set of views of quintessential English countryside on our way back to Selborne, meeting on the way a sow and her litter of 9 recently born piglets.

Three Horseshoes in East Worldham Lunch was taken in the Three Horseshoes in nearby East Worldham where a welcoming pint of London Pride accompanied a good lunch with prompt service from the staff.



The next walks are scheduled for Saturday 16th July and 20th August.

The St Paul’s walking group is open for all to join in the local area. You don’t have to be a member of St Paul’s. For more information on the walking group, and other walks done, take a look at some of their blog posts here.

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