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.

A walk on Ashtead Common

We hadn’t been to Ashtead Common for a few years despite being not too far away. Although the day was grey, the Common was a lovely brown with the paths covered in leaves and mud. A surprisingly nice walk and a place to revisit.

A walk along the River Wey

It should have been a lovely Autumn walk along the River Wey, but today the sun was in short supply and I was a little disappointed. My walk started at Byfleet, passed over the M25 to the river, and then parallel to the motorway for a while, so initially it’s very noisy for a country walk. I doubled back after an hour and a half, continuing a bit further along the river and under a monster of a bridge carrying the motorway over the river.

Just a short walk, but it took ages to …

It was just a short walk, but it took ages to select and process the images – this us usually the case! I set off intending to capture the fog, but it had disappeared by the time I got to the park. The sky was a useless blanket of white and there was very little sunshine, which is no good for taking pictures .

Scenes from a country walk

I’ve done several variations of this circular walk from Box Hill and Westhumble station to Polesden Lacey and I know the routes without the need for a map.

I was puzzled by the horse which has what looks like a blindfold. Maybe it’s just some form of see-through protection. As for the ‘bull in field’ – there was thankfully no bull.

A lovely, sunny day with lots of clouds. Just what you want when you’re accompanied by a camera.

The pink block

We were puzzled by this extremely heavy block hanging from the branch of a sturdy tree. Anyone got any thoughts?

I’m not fond of mainly green images and this is what you get if you wander through a wood or common on a cloudy day. Time to bring out Photoshop to see what can be achieved in almost black and white.

A walk from Westhumble to Dorking

A sunny, Spring day was ideal for a short walk (4 miles?) from Westhumble to Dorking via the North Downs. I found four books in the Dorking Oxfam Bookshop, including two books on cycling even though I don’t cycle! Lunch at The Cricketers Inn on the road out of town was a very decent BLT and a Pinot Grigio.

Lost, without a book or a compass

MapReadingI’ve nothing in the to-be-read pile so I’ve dug out a to-be-studied Christmas present. I have previously looked into map and compass reading, but I’m a lazy student and didn’t get far.

I should have persevered because I once get lost on a walk. Although I knew roughly where I was, I had no idea which country lane I was on or in which direction I was heading. It was towards the end of the day and I was hungry and tired and becoming concerned by the diminishing light. What did I do? I headed back the way I came and took an alternative lane in a different direction. By chance, this was the route I was intending to take. Phew!

The Itchen Way

walkOn a blog I follow there is a blog post ( about walking along the Itchen Navigation, from Southampton to Winchester.

Intrigued, my Google search led me to these links about the Itchen Way, a walk from Southampton to Winchester and beyond:

I also found a second-hand paperback from 1990, Exploring the Itchen Way by Richard Kenchington, which I’ve just ordered from Abe Book. Perhaps I’ll make the effort to walk the Itchen Way or the Itchen Navigation, in the spring….

Snakes alive on Colley Hill!

We weren’t expecting to see snakes on our walk! I think it’s the first time I’ve seen a snake in the wild, and today we saw two adders, the only venomous snake native to Britain. My wife doesn’t like snakes.

The first picture is a panoramic view made up of five images stitched together. Taken from the top of Colley Hill, the view looks down towards the pleasant Surrey town of Reigate. The panda-like animal is a Belted Galloway cow. It was another surprise on our walk, though less scary than the adders.

Along the South Bank to Canary Wharf

It was a dull morning when I set off from Waterloo station along the South Bank, heading for Canary Wharf on the other side of the Thames. Eventually the weather improved and became sunny / cloudy and this time I managed to locate the pier where the short ferry embarks and crosses the Thames to Canary Wharf – you have to walk through the Hilton Hotel reception! Finally a bit more walking along the North Bank until my feet gave up at Wapping Station.

Disappointed with the pictures, I decided that I would artify the best ones. (artify – to apply artistic techniques – the Urban Dictionary)

Lymington to Keyhaven coastal walk

Many times we’ve walked along the coastal path between Lymington and Keyhaven. This time the weather was fine, but sadly the tide was out, so we saw mainly mud rather than water. Birds and twichers will always be found on the nature reserve which is next to this stretch of the coastal path.

This map [] shows the area.

At Keyhaven there is a pub, a car park and public toilets. There is also the wonderful ferry service to the glorious Hurst Castle, though not in the winter.

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