Thursday, October 22, 2020

Pirton to Oughton Head walk led by Tony Roberts on 22nd October

 There was a full compliment of 6 walkers for this 6.5 mile walk.

We started from the Recreation Ground in Pirton which has ample car parking during week when no sports activities are taking place. We walked under the walnut trees, past a notice warning of a wasp's nest to join the Hambrdge Way. We followed this until we came a crossing of tracks where we turned right into Mill Way. At this point we could see some dark clouds approaching and after a few minutes the rain started.. Several of us donned waterproofs, sue even putting her over-trousers on. However this rain some ceased and the sun appeared so soon after stopping at Westmill farm for a photo we took our waterproofs off. 

Beryl, Lynn, John D, Tony P, Sue & Tony R in front of Westmill farm 

 When we got to the riverside path we turned left and continued until the main road was in sight. We then retraced our steps and continued past the "Hitchin waterfall" (former outlet from the mill).

Sue at the top of the Hitchin waterfall.

Soon after this we came to a couple of benches overlooking a riverside pond. Here we stopped for our coffee stop. We continued to the actual head where the ladies descended to get a better view.

Beryl and Lynn climbing back up and Sue still looking at the water.

We then turned back towards Hitchin and eventually took a footpath through the common in the hope of seeing some English Long-horn cattle. Sadly this was not to be as they could not be found anywhere.We the retraced our steps towards Pirton to finish a very interesting walk.

Map showing the track of the walk, generally walked clockwise.

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