A foggy, Autumn day

Yesterday, on a lovely, sunny day, I drove along a country lane from Headley towards Leatherhead and saw this amazing display of Autumn colours. Today I was determined to have another look and so I took a driver with me so I could capture the scenery. Well it turned out to be a foggy day, but with some help from Photoshop, the pictures taken through the car windscreen have captured some of the beauty.

By the time we had arrived at Polesden Lacey, our coffee-break destination, the fog was more obvious and the resulting pictures look better in black and white. And gosh, wasn’t it cold!

River Wey Navigation

A glorious Autumn day and I was hoping to see some lovely colours, this time walking from Ripley to Send. Success! A bus from Send back to Ripley, followed by a coffee and cake in the always reliable Nest Cafe, rounded off a perfect day.

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Solent Way (part 1) Milford on Sea to Lymington

Yesterday I walked the first leg of the Solent Way, the stretch from Milford on Sea to Lymington. I tend to dawdle and stop for photographs, so the 8 miles or so took about 4 hours.

Transport went smoothly – a train from London to Brockenhurst and another onto Lymington, followed by the X1 bus to Milford on Sea, and then the return journey after the walk.

I’ve done most of this part of the Solent Way several times over recent years, so it’s very familiar. It’s a flat walk on good surfaces, though the long, shingle walk along Hurst Spit demands a bit more effort. I couldn’t face the walk back along the Spit so I caught the little ferry to Keyhaven, missing out a short section of the Solent Way.

The beach at Milford on Sea. (That’s the Isle of Wight and the Needles in the distance)

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Ripley, Surrey

There aren’t many lakes around here, but I saw one on the map near Ripley. You can walk all the way round but I just went half-way round before diverting to a path through fields and on to the River Wey Navigation. A short walk to the Seven Stars pub for a glass of wine and a bacon & Brie sandwich. An interesting sandwich – not sure if the salad (lettuce, rocket, cucumber, apple, pepper, tomato, celery) was sufficiently healthy to overcome the unhealthiness of the bacon & Brie!

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The Itchen Way walk – stage 4

The fourth and final stage of the 4-stage walk along the Itchen Way was around 8 miles and took a little under 4 hours. Starting at Itchen Stoke, where the third stage finished, it ended at the tiny village of Cheriton. On a generally warm and sunny day the best bit of the walk was at the very start, where the river was present and the sun was out. After that there was not much of the river to be seen until the trickle at the very source of the river.

This is a part of Hampshire I’m unfamiliar with. It is absolutely beautiful, with lots of thatched cottages and tiny villages. The 67 bus from Winchester, towards Petersfield via Alresford, is a real joy if you can get to the front seat on the top deck!

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Dorking, Westcott & Surrey Hills

As well as wanting a walk, I wanted to see how I got on with lugging my DSLR around again and to see how the images compared with the iPhone. An 8 mile walk convinced me that the DSLR is just a weight I could do without (at my age). I also took iPhone pictures to compare with those of the DSLR. All the images below were taken with the iPhone apart from the first one of the the lethargic (sick?) frog and the second waterfall one (compare the thatched roof with that on the previous iPhone image). All pictures were saved and processed in raw format.

Conclusion? The DSLR will have to go – it’s just too heavy. The iPhone takes goodish images but often with a lot of noise. I need to get a replacement small camera that takes images with the quality of my dead Sony RX100, but at the same time continuing to use the iPhone just because it’s so convenient.
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Westhumble 6 mile walk

It’s a while since I had a decent length walk and so the return of the sun was an incentive to take one on.

Westhumble to Dorking is familiar to me, though today there was an unplanned, muddy detour towards the end. I’ve mapped the walk using Mapmywalk.com. I had a phase of mapping all my walks but somehow I lost the enthusiasm, but now I’m returning to the site to resume mapping.
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The Itchen Way walk – stage 3

The third stage of the 4-stage walk along the Itchen Way was around 8 miles and took a little under 4 hours. Starting at Winchester, where the second stage finished, it ended at the tiny village of Itchen Stoke (no shops!). It was a generally lovely, sunny day and an attractive walk. A bus to Alresford and then another back to Winchester Station and eventually home, rounded off a lovely day.

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River Wey walk from Byfleet

Many years ago, when I first walked along the River Wey, I was overwhelmed by the stunning autumn colours, and I was hoping to repeat the experience today. Unfortunately I came too soon and there’s probably another 2 or 3 weeks to go before the trees change colour. But it was a glorious, sunny day so it was still a rewarding walk.

The walk begins by crossing the M25, and for the first 10 minutes the noise is deafening.

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