Friday 8th November – Farrington Gurney
Walk Leaders: Patsy & Nicky
A 5.5 mile walk from the Farrington Inn, Farrington Gurney BS39 6TG. (grid ref:- 628 885) leaving at 09.30. We may use the pub facilities before-hand.
We head out along Ham Lane in a south westerly direction and turn West towards Hollow Marsh, heading for Chewton Wood which we pass through to a track which takes us towards Litton. We walk for a little way along a narrow road and pick up Hollow Marsh Lane. This leads us beside Long Dole wood, through the Hollow Marsh Nature Reserve, and on to Pitway Lane. We follow this back to the A37 and the pub. We retrace our steps on Pitway Lane in order not to go over the newly ploughed fields. There is one slight ascent in the woods, and a short stretch on a lane at the Litton end of the walk. We saw a couple of ponies, but no other livestock.
A similar walk was done in glorious sunshine in June of 2017, but very few of you were on it so it seems a good idea to repeat it. On this version of the walk, there are 3 stiles one is a double with a bridge in between and the other is a single all in good condition. The terrain is fairly flat, and mostly on firm ground along tracks, but expect some mud where these tracks have been worn away and become puddle ridden – sticks and gaiters even possibly wellies recommended.
Several people were unable to join the walk, but 21 walkers set off from the Farrington Inn car park, prepared for a muddy morning. Patsy and Nicky had made some last minute changes to the route to avoid some recently ploughed fields and some waterlogged ones, following several days of rain. However, a couple of sections allowed it to remain a contender for the Wellington Boot award. Those of us who had worn wellies could enjoy puddle jumping and sinking into the mud of course!
The rerouting shortened the walk slightly, with 5.3 miles recorded. The walk was varied, with some lovely countryside views, paths through Autumnal trees, narrow bridges over streams and only three stiles. Although there were some very muddy stretches, much of the walk was along surfaced tracks or minor lanes so that walking was easy. We were fortunate to have no rain, and saw occasional glimpses of warm sunshine. A very pleasant, sociable morning!
Report by Michelle.