Walks organised by Paul Woods

Please send Paul your email address if you would like to be informed of future walks. Paul sends an email to walkers, from various groups and none, giving details of the next planned walk. Paul’s email address is paultonywoods@gmail.com

The photo opposite was taken on 2/5/23.

Next walk is on Tuesday, 13th June. It’s from the Woolpack pub in Sopley, going via Ripley, then Bransgore, past the former RAF radar station at Sopley and thence back to the Woolpack.  It’s just over 8km / 5 miles, flat, easy walking, with no stiles. It’s very scenic, following a small tributary of the Avon for part of the way, past hedgerows and through fields. There is a sawmill complete with tree trunks and logs half way round, which will make an excellent stop, so don’t forget to bring coffee, tea, etc. 

Plan is to meet at the Woolpack
carpark at 10am for a 10.15
start. Address of Woolpack is Sopley, BH23 7AX. 
Tel: 01425 672252
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The Woolpack is a dog friendly pub
REQUEST FROM THE PUB: Because it’s likely to be busy, please park at the rear of carpark, as far away from the pub’s entrance as possible. 
Lunch is planned at the pub at 1pm.
June 2023

Everyone is welcome to join us – whether for the walk or the lunch, or both. 

Important request. Please confirm to me by Friday, 9th June 
1.  If you are coming on the walk only (No lunch)
2.  If you are coming on the walk and lunching with us.
3.  If you are not walking, but joining us for lunch.  

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Our previous walk took place on Tuesday, 2nd May
Paul: “Lovely weather today for a fascinating & scenic walk around this historic airfield. We had 15 walkers (plus “Sidney” the beautiful & very well behaved doggie (Retriever Poodle? / Golden Doodle?), and 23 persons for lunch”.

The route took them to, and around, the former WW2 and Cold War RAF airfield at Tarrant Rushton.  The walk of 5.3 miles, comprised a country lane, a farm road, the former taxiways and a stopover at the RAF & SOE memorial.  Lunch was at the True Lover’s Knot.

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The walk on the last day of January took place in the areas of Keyhaven, the Solent, Pennington and Oxey Marshes.

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The final walk of 2022 was on 13th December based again on the Holmsley Walk Car Park, Forest Road, Burley, in the post code area of BH23 8EB.
Lunch, following the walk, was at the Carpenter’s Arms, Bransgore for a Pre-Christmas meal.
Several ‘non-walkers’ from the Calledonian Society were able to join them for lunch.

updated 17/12/22

A similar walk to the one on 13th Dec, planned for 15th November, had to be postponed due to heavy rain and strong winds. However they were still able to meet for lunch at the Carpenter’s Arms. Here are some photos!

updated 30/11/22

A walk to Tyneham village in August 2022: visited Dorset’s “lost village” where time stopped in 1943

updated 20/8/22

Our walk on 26th July was in the New Forest and based on the scenic Holmsley Inclosure.  It was 4.6 miles, hence shorter than some previous walks. Lunch was at the White Buck in Burley. One of Paul’s favourite New Forest pubs! As usual, everyone was welcome to join them – whether for the walk or the lunch, or both. 

updated 14/8/22

Adder Photograph taken by Marc

updated 20/8/22