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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The Itchen Way walk – stage 1

I started the first stage of the Itchen Way walk under the Itchen Bridge, having decided to skip the short section at the beginning of the Itchen Way between Weston Shore and the bridge. The images are in sequence from the start to the end of the walk at Eastleigh. It’s not a great walk and hopefully the other stages, from Eastleigh to the source of the River Itchen, will be more attractive / interesting. It was a very, very hot day for a 7 or 8 mile walk and took 4 hours.

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Walking the Itchen Way

The Itchen Way is a 30 mile walk along the length of the River Itchen. The walk commences where the Itchen feeds into Southampton Water, and ends at the Itchen’s approximate source near Cheriton, near New Alresford. I’m planning to do the walk in 4 parts:

    1. Western Shore, Southampton to Bishopstoke near Eastleigh (9 miles)
    2. Bishopstoke to Winchester (7½ miles)
    3. Winchester to Itchen Stoke (7½ miles)
    4. Itchen Stoke to approximate source at Cheriton (6½ miles)

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Preparing for a longer walk

With plans to walk the Itchen Way, it seemed sensible to get some walks in now that Spring has arrived. Today’s walk began on a warm, sunny morning, probably the first of the year. Starting from Westhumble Station the walk went on to Polesden Lacey and then Bookham before the bus and train back home. Sadly my reactions weren’t quick enough to capture images of the yellow butterfly, the pheasant and the rabbit, though the sheep were more obliging.

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