New Evening Walk – Wednesday 10th July

This walk is not in the current walks diary but in response to the previous email asking for anyone willing to lead additional walks ( Additional Walks?) So a big thank you to Jenny for stepped forward to lead this walk!

Jenny says this is an short easy walk so will be perfect for a summers evening and those of you who prefer not to do the longer walks. Please go along and support her.

Link to word doc version: Whitchurch Evening Walk 10 Jul 19

Date of Walk Wednesday 10th July 2019                                                    eet at 6:20 p.m. for a 6.30 p.m. start from school layby
Leaders Jenny Banks
Contact Details 07788 580535
Distance to start
Where we are parking We will need to park in the side road by Manor Cottages—the long thatch on road before Whitchurch
Where we can eat/drink N/A.
Distance of walk About 2 miles
Where we will walk Part of the Whitchurch Mill Trail
Terrain Easy walking
Stiles A couple of stiles/gates
Where walk was found Local knowledge
Map used
Map reference of start point
Sat Nav Reference RG28 7NN
Other notes  



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Next Walk – Day walk – Saturday 6th July

The next walk is a 7 mile day walk from Fordingbridge to Ringwood. (Note: Although this forms part of the Avon Valley Path you don’t need to have done any of the other sections! Just pack up your picnic and come along and enjoy the day)

Date of walk  Saturday 6 July 2019

School Lay-by  09.15 for 9.30am start.

Please advise Jonathan if going direct to start.

The buses go at 15 and 45 past the hour so with a bit of luck we may make 10.45 if not 11.15

Leaders Jonathan and Enid Rouse
Contact details 01256 781649. On day 07823502361
Distance to start 45 miles 1hr ish
Where we are parking Ringwood (Parking in Ringwood – Parkodedia )
Where we can eat/drink  Picnic en route and various places in Ringwood at the end
Distance of walk 7 Miles
  Walk Fordingbridge to Ringwood
Terrain Part of the walk runs alongside the River Avon and also passes through a wetlands nature reserve so with luck we may even spot a kingfisher! AvonValleyPath-3-FordingbridgetoRingwood
Stiles None I can remember
Map used OS 130
Map reference of start point We are catching Bus at bus stop Meeting House lane Ringwood BH24 1EY

The buses go at 15 and 45 past the hour so with a bit of luck we my make 10.45 if not 11.15

Other notes We will be parking in Ringwood and catch a bus to the start in Fordingbridge.
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Avon Valley Path – Update

Further to last week’s post asking for feedback ( Ref: Avon Valley Walk ) the consensus is that we will do the Fordingbridge to Ringwood section on Saturday 6th July and arrange the last sections later in the year.

Thank you to those who took time to send their feedback.

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Avon Valley Walk

Unfortunately the walk planned for 31st May which was next section of the Avon Valley Path (Fordingbridge to Ringwood), did not go ahead due to lack of support. (only two people plus the leader turned up).

In the diary we planned to do the last section of the walk from Ringwood to Christchurch on 8th May (staying locally the night before in order to get an early start).

However as the previous section is still outstanding and the next section involves a bit more planning for the overnight stay and group dinner we want to get confirmation of the level of interest from ORC members.

Please can you email Jonathan (, and Chris ( with responses to the following questions before Friday 14th June. 

  1. Are you interested in completing the walk? …….Yes or No plus reasons.
  2. Would you like to do the last section on 7th/8th July as planned before going back to the Fordingbridge to Ringwood section? (or do the previous section first?)
  3. Any other comments

Based on responses the committee will then decide if it is worth while continuing with the Avon Valley Path.

Thank you.

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Next Walk – Wed 12th June 2019 – Mottisfont

This walk is slightly different from usual as it combines a walk in the countryside with the opportunity to visit the famous Rose Garden at Mottisfont Abbey.

Hope to see lots of you there…..

Link to word doc version:-

Date of Walk Wednesday 12th June 2019                                                    ( meet at 9.20 a.m. for a 9.30a.m. start from school layby)
Leaders Chris Williams
Contact Details 01256 781825       07790 795993
Distance to start 28 miles (takes about 40 minutes)
Where we are parking National Trust Car Park Spearywell
Where we can eat/drink Take a picnic to eat half way round.  We can visit the café at Mottisfont Abbey after the walk for afternoon tea.
Distance of walk 6.5 miles takes about 3.5 hours with a lunch stop
Where we will walk Mottisfont Estate
Terrain Well defined tracks and pathways through woodland, water meadows and fields with two short sections along quiet country lanes
Stiles 2
Where walk was found Mottisfont Estate Walk Leaflet – available online on National Trust website
Map used OS Explorer 131
Map reference of start point SU316275
Sat Nav Reference SO51 0LS
Directions Drive to Stockbridge A303, and A30 then follow signs to Mottisfont Abbey A3057.  On arrival at the entrance to Mottisfont Abbey car park don’t turn into the car park but drive straight on through Mottisfont village for about a quarter of a mile and turn left into Bengers Lane, continue to T Junction where you turn right and Spearywell car park is about half a mile on the left handside of the road just before you get to Spearywell Farmhouse which is on the righthandside.
Other notes This is a varied and pretty walk through ancient woodlands, and quiet countryside.  There are two short, gentle inclines but it is mostly flat and easy walking. It was very dry when we walked it but there may be a few slightly muddy places if we have had recent rainfall.  A couple of narrow sections are overgrown with nettles and goose grass so long trousers rather than shorts might be advisable.

After the walk which I estimate will be at about 2pm to 2.30p.m. we will drive from Spearywell Car Park to the Mottisfont Abbey car park (1.5 miles, 5 mins) and visit the rose gardens and have afternoon tea.

National Trust Members remember to bring your membership card.  Otherwise entrance fee is £7.10 for the gardens and £10.70 for the house and gardens.

N.B.There are no toilet facilites at Spearywell Car Park but there are ample opportunities to commune with nature in the woods.  There are of course loo facilities at Mottisfont Abbey.

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Additional Walks?

During the recent ORC committee meeting one the points raised was the lack of summer  evening walks in this year’s diary. As we always seem to struggle to find walk leaders, (we still have two walks in the autumn without leaders),  we didn’t want to add “random” dates to the diary and then find they had to be cancelled due to lack of leaders, therefore we decided to try a different approach………

If anyone would like to lead an evening walk, (or any other walk not currently in the diary), please email Sandra ( who will add it to the diary, and near the time of the walk email Pauline ( with the walk details.

Secondly if anyone wants to go for a “ad-hoc” walk and is looking for company I would be happy to send out details to ORC members via the website. (email:


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Updated Walks Diary (v2)

Pauline & Julie have confirmed that their walk will be on Sunday 4th August so sending out an updated version of the diary

Hyperlink – Walks Diary May – Dec 2019 (2)

Friday 31st May All day Avon Valley Path – Fordingbridge to Ringwood Jonathan to lead (tel: 01256 781649)
Wednesday 12th June All day walk Mottisfont Abbey – Chris (tel: 01256 781825)
Sunday – Monday 7th /8th


Avon Valley Path – Jonathan to lead

(tel: 01256 781649)

Friday 19th July   Annie & Rob (tel: 07867 528089)
Sunday 4th Aug Morning Pauline (07788 928430) & Julie (07751 268370)
Wednesday 14th Aug Morning Roy (tel: 01256 782731)
Saturday 31st Aug   Heather & Richard (tel: 01256 780846)
Friday – Monday 6th – 9th   Sept WALKING WEEKEND – Derbyshire
Friday 20 Sept   WALK & BBQ – Alice Holt Park (Weather permitting)
Wednesday 2nd Oct   Celia & Alan (tel: 07889 417313)
Sunday 20th Oct   Sandy & Veronica (tel: 01256 780849)
Wednesday 30th Oct  
Saturday 9th Nov  
Sunday 24th Nov   Roy (tel: 01256 782731)
  December XMAS PARTY
Friday 27th Dec XMAS WALK


Details for forthcoming walks can be found on our website:

Saturday/Sunday walks: between 5–7 miles.  Meeting at 9.50hrs leaving at 10.00hrs. 

Wednesday/Friday walks: between 3–4 miles meeting at 10.20hrs leaving at 10.30hrs or Afternoon walks meeting at 13.50hrs leaving at 14.00hrs.  Any evening walks will meet at 18.40hrs leaving at 18.45hrs.

All walks depart from the school lay-by in Oakley Lane unless notified otherwise.  If you require any further information please contact the Walk Leader.


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