Scrapbook ~ Wildlife walks throughout the year
Saturday 27th February 2016
Heyshott - Midhurst - Heyshott .
New Lypchis Way and Serpent Way
Seven miles doesn't
seem far does it? Well consider for a moment that to get to Heyshott we had to
motorcycle for over an hour in sub-zero conditions. Sub-zero to the normal bloke
in the street means 1 or 2 degrees below zero. But we were flying along at
somewhere near the national speed limit where the wind-chill factor was
something ridiculous like -20oC.
Gill has got quite used to me getting hyperthermia now. Not while we are walking
in the mountains but after a winter ride. I tend to get off the bike and start
cursing and shouting for no apparent reason. She just steers me somewhere warm,
pours hot tea down my throat and blows hot air down the back of my neck. After a
while the Tazmanian Devil starts to calm down a bit and then we can continue.
I've learnt to cope with the cold weather a bit but we all have our limits and
hyperthermia can of course be fatal. I succumbed to it on Pen-y-Ghent in 1978
and had to be carried off the mountain by my fellow hikers. I was walking the
300 mile Pennine Way and the climb up to this summit had got me really hot and
sweaty. I ripped off my outer garments and walked along the edge of the very
breezy plateau, enjoying the amazing views of Yorkshire and cooling down nicely.
Cooler and cooler and cooler...
A schoolboy error that I've never made again. I was only 16 though.
Today however, despite
the pain in my hands and my frozen face we arrived reasonably healthy at
Heyshott church for an AM start and realised that the route we had chosen more
or less followed the New Lypchis Way all the way to Midhurst. This was very
helpful as this long-distance footpath is very well signposted and to navigate
our route requires three maps! So we put the charts away, relaxed and just
followed the signs like a couple of tourists.
We can thoroughly recommend walking this route, especially in the spring when
the bluebells are out as it passes through lots of woodland all with the first
green leaves now emerging.
A beautiful arts and crafts copper plaque
on one of the pews in Heyshott church.
Richard Cobden was a name we recognised later on our walk.
Just follow the top of the mast of the ship and you can't get lost.
Beautiful quiet woods nearly all day. Very
relaxing and a thousand places to stop for tea and cake etc.
Lots of coppicing and clearing going on
and some traditional tools still being used.
This area of Sussex is well populated with
old sweet chestnuts.
Some of them seem to have been cut down prematurely (in our opinion) as we've
seen them looking fantastic in all stages of decay.
The very impressive
More importantly, in the flood meadow
outside the ruins we found the frogspawn we'd been searching for all day.
An obelisk put up to honour the
radical and liberal statesman
Richard Cobden (1804-1865).
So is he for or against Brexit?
The final point just before the return to
the bike is a marsh pond with benches for the weary walker.
Take the time to read
countryside code for yourself and please stick to it at all times.