April Ramble

Ramble – 18 April 2018

The ramble started from Brannon Way car park in Wootton. Six of us made our way down Wootton High Street, across the bridge overlooking the creek, and then up Kite Hill to Ashlake Copse, where we turned off on the left. We followed the footpath through the copse to Fishbourne Lane. Marlene wasn’t on the walk but it was her birthday the next day so there was a pause to deliver a card to her. We then continued on the coastal footpath to Quarr.

At Quarr, we admired the pigs and it was remarked upon that there were no piglets at the moment. In the next enclosure, a randy boar must have overheard what had been said and thought he’d better get on and make some more!! We then made our way through the Abbey’s grounds to their cafe. Wendy, Margaret, Esme and Mary stopped for refreshments and the weather was decent enough for them to sit outside. During this time, Elizabeth and Rio went to the squirrel hide, situated in a woodland area. Although no squirrels were seen on this occasion, pleasant and tranquil birdsong was enjoyed before they made their way back to rejoin the others.

The group rejoined the coastal footpath and followed it as far as Binstead Church. Here, the group started to disband with Margaret, Elizabeth and Rio making their way to The Fleming Arms for lunch. Wendy, Mary and Esme continued walking. Rio found out at Out To Lunch that Wendy and Mary continued as far as the footpath that crosses Ryde Golf Course to Brookfield Gardens. Esme continued further still, presumedly to Ryde as she lives there.

Report by Rio Bellgore-Gullit