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Jun
25

Sunday Leg Stretch : Hascombe Hill (Surrey) (37099)

Event Overview

We'll head off through Hambledon Village and up to Hydon's Ball,  for a scenic view out over the surrounding countryside.  We then make our way east, via Breakneck Hill, to visit the small village of Hascombe, before climbing up onto Hascombe Hill and following its ridge around where we'll have a lunch with a view.

Soon after lunch, we'll visit a modern stone circle, built 1995-1997 by the Megalithic Order of Druids using traditional methods.  With the hills behind us we head back to Witley train station via farmland and woods.

As the trains are hourly, depending on timings, we might stop at the Winterton Arms on the edge ...

We'll head off through Hambledon Village and up to Hydon's Ball,  for a scenic view out over the surrounding countryside.  We then make our way east, via Breakneck Hill, to visit the small village of Hascombe, before climbing up onto Hascombe Hill and following its ridge around where we'll have a lunch with a view.

Soon after lunch, we'll visit a modern stone circle, built 1995-1997 by the Megalithic Order of Druids using traditional methods.  With the hills behind us we head back to Witley train station via farmland and woods.

As the trains are hourly, depending on timings, we might stop at the Winterton Arms on the edge of Chiddingfold for a quick refreshment before taking on the final 3.5 km walk back to the train station (rather than wait around at the pub free train station.)

Note : for those who joined me on the long walk from Witley in May - this is basically the start and end of that walk ! It's too nice not to do it as a shorter walk !

Hydon's Ball : https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hydons-ball-and-heath

Hascombe : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hascombe

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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.

There are no shops at the train station or en-route.

Meeting & Times

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Event Reference No:
37099