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.

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