The walk began this week at the car park on Church Road in Hucking. Most of the area is cared for by Woodland Trust who also own the car park. Crossing the road outside the car park entrance is a stile which leads onto a field of sheep and mushrooms to which we were to return at the end of the walk. Taking the path parallel to Church Road the path eventually rejoins the road at a point where the gate is padlocked. Showing remarkable agility for a group of such exalted ages we surmounted the problem of the gate to take a path which leads north through Long Wood. This is a pleasant path which continues for about a mile along the base of a hill before taking a ninety degree turn and coming out on Southlees Lane by Carn Hill Farm. Taking a left hand turn along the road we eventually reached an opening in the hedge into an orchard and some telegraph poles conveniently stacked to ensure a comfortable, early pit stop for lunch. Following the path until it reaches Hazel Street. It then leads off the road through Fourayes Farm. This is a productive orchard where the Bramleys were being picked. It claims to be the largest fruit processing plant in the UK covering 100 acres. It is a family run business employing more than a hundred local employees. The main path is obscured by the growth of the trees which were heavily laden. Skirting the edge of the orchard we came across a group of workers driving tractors moving large boxes of apples and being directed by Ian Witherden, the orchard manager. There was time for a chat with him about the future of the orchard. The field we were crossing is to be cut next year and it was almost as if the trees knew they were for the axe as they had produced as many apples as possible in order to gain a reprieve. It was also an opportunity for our senior member to reminisce about his early years when he would wander the fields and knew the then manager. Cutting through the storing and packing sheds the path leads downhill - unfortunately alongside a slurry drain which was producing some very unsavoury odours.
Leaving the orchard the path enters a wood before reaching a T junction. Taking the south fork the route comes out onto South Green Lane. At this point there is an abandoned orchard with a few plums still remaining as well as some eating apples. The path then enters the Gorham and Admiral Communtiy Woods owned by the Woodland Trust. After about a mile and before entering the Admiral section of the wood we took a right hand pathway to the base of what is affectionately called ‘heart attack hill’. Climbing the hill we enter another field of mushrooms and sheep. The sheep appeared even more unintelligent than usual and rather than scatter even came to meet us. They would have been disappointed if they had any expectations of food. Crossing Wheatsheaf Farm Road we entered the first field we had crossed where there were a wide range of mushrooms. Restricting ourselves to picking only button mushrooms a number of empty packed lunch boxes were refilled. Suitably laden we returned to the car park.
Six walkers took part in the walk which covered five miles
my photos not that good this week although those by JC are up to his usual high standard Also having problem up loading all of the this week for some unknown reason so sorry for the gaps in the walk Will try again later plus I need to enlarge them
Near Hucking at the start of the walk
Early Tea Stop , enough logs to keep our senior happy
They just want to be friends
Lost Again ?, for once the answer is no
Fungi by the side of the road
Circle of mushrooms