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Ramble from the Muddled Man, West Chinnock

19th February 2019 (9:15am - 1:00pm)

The February ramble has been organise by Peter Milligan, Tony and Lesley Nesbitt. For info on the pub/menu contact Tony/Lesley on 01935 422971 or mob 07436 013862 and 07741 402549 or email lesley.218@hotmail.co.uk. for info on the walk contact Peter on 01935 429477, mob 07972 613516.

The Muddled Man, West Chinnock

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We can park behind the pub which is the entrance behind the pub sign in the photo, ie if you arrive and the ub is on your left parking is via the lane before the pub and if arriving with the pub on your right just after the pub! 

The walk will start at 9.30 am and is just short of 5 miles. it is country roads, lanes, fields and tracks. The route is easy with just a couple inclines near the beginning but may be muddy in places places after rain. There are 5 stiles.

 

 

Walk from The Muddled Man, West Chinnock, 19th February 2019

 

Just over thirty members met at The Muddled Man for a walk of about 5 miles that was to take us to the edge of Chiselborough and almost to East Chinnock before returning to our starting point.

We left the pub to follow Lower Street for a short distance northwards before turning off by Balsters Farm to follow a path that looped round to return to the road at Hollowell Hill.  At this point we turned towards Chiselborough and almost immediately forked right into Skillgate Lane and then again right onto a track that would take us round the edge of Burrage Copse and the side of Greenhams Hill. At the end of this path there was another short piece of road walking before we turned aside onto a path that took us southwards across a couple of fields to cross Smokey Hole Lane and then Eastfield Lane.

After the road crossings we continued following paths southwards to a point near Bridge Farm and then eastwards to Eastfield Farm.

At Eastfield Farm we again turned southwards to join Cod Lane close to a bridge over The Chinnock Brook.

Our route now turned westwards to follow The Chinnock Brook to Middle Chinnock and finally back to our starting point at West Chinnock.

We had been blessed with almost ideal weather for the whole walk with very little mud, few stiles and a good meal at the end.

 

The next walk in March will be from The Lamb and Lark at Limington

Members gathering outside The Muddled Man before the walk

Peter delivering his briefing before we set off

Leaving Lower Street by Balsters Farm

Making a fuss of some quite tame sheep whist we waited for the group to climb over the stile from Lower Street

Our first crossing of The Chinnock Brook on our way to the road at Hollowell Hill.

We encountered this stream at several points on our walk

Ronnie astride the top bar of a stile

On the path around the edge of Burridge Copse

Chiselborough

Still on the path by Burridge Copse

Primroses on the edge of Burridge Copse 

The group after crossing Smoky Hole Lane

Crossing another small stream that flows down to The Chinnock Brook. Note all the Hazel Catkins. There seem to be more this year than normal

On the way to Eastfield Farm

Joining Cod Lane by the entrance road to Eastfield Farm

A bit of a surprise finding a small private airfield. Notices warned walkers to stay on the footpath.

Another crossing of The Chinnock Brook

A stone stile at Middle Chinnock

Back at our starting point.

This isn't a sight you see, every day, outside a pub

Waiting for lunch

 

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