Nov
11

Late Autumn Witley Wander (Surrey) (38389)

Event Overview

Join me for a late Autumn walk from Witley.  Whaaat ... another walk from Witley ! Hascombe Hill .. AGAIN.  I know ... I know .... third time this year ... but it changes so much depending on the time of the year ! And in Autumn the tracks are carpeted with fallen golden beech leaves making it a very scenic walk.

Note that due to the early sunset this time of year (16:20) and longish walk we will aim for an early start from Witley Train Station of 9:15.  To cover the 15 miles we'll need to set a good pace of ~3 miles / hr so please keep this in mind when signing up.

From Witley we will vist the Wi...

Join me for a late Autumn walk from Witley.  Whaaat ... another walk from Witley ! Hascombe Hill .. AGAIN.  I know ... I know .... third time this year ... but it changes so much depending on the time of the year ! And in Autumn the tracks are carpeted with fallen golden beech leaves making it a very scenic walk.

Note that due to the early sunset this time of year (16:20) and longish walk we will aim for an early start from Witley Train Station of 9:15.  To cover the 15 miles we'll need to set a good pace of ~3 miles / hr so please keep this in mind when signing up.

From Witley we will vist the Winkworth Arboretum (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/winkworth-arboretum) - a National Trust property.  There is a public footpath which runs through the Arboretum which we will need to stick too (otherwise it's £7 entry) - but the public footpath does give us a good look around.

After Winkworth we head to Hascombe Hill which offers stunning beech woods and great views over the Sussex countryside down towards the South Downs. 

From Hascombe Hill we head back to the train station.

 

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What to bring

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. 

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke. 

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Food & Drink

Bring a packed lunch and plenty of water.

Meeting & Times

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Media

All photos taken by me.


Event Reference No:
38389