Walk 352 - Finchampstead Ridges and Eversley
There were just 4 of us for the walk on the morning of Sunday 14th October. Something to do with the pouring rain that greeted us at Simons Wood car park in Finchampstead and was forecast to last all day. Nonetheless, undeterred, the hardy souls set out with the early conversation focussed on the relative efficiency or otherwise of our wet weather gear. The leaders very quickly made a note to re-waterproof their equipment...
The walk started across Finchampstead Ridges before ascending to Wick Hill and on to Finchampstead Church. The shortest coffee break ever at the Church then saw us on our way down to the hedge-lined path towards the Tally Ho pub, re-tracing the steps of walk 350 a couple of weeks earlier.
Heading east through Fleethill Farm, we arrived at Eversley Cricket Club for welcome shelter and a break for lunch. The rain had eased off by now, thank goodness. A short diversion was necessitated shortly after leaving Eversley when we discovered the watercourse by Cross Green which had been only a trickle a fortnight before, had turned into a major river which had flooded its banks and blocked the footpath.
The remainder of the route was relatively dry overhead and easy walking. We headed into Moor Green Nature Reserve and followed the Blackwater River to the Outdoor Centre and then northwards up Beech Hill back to our starting point. Lots of chat about baths and cups of tea on this last stretch. Despite the weather, it was an enjoyable walk and we all had a great sense of achievement at the end.
Sorry, no photographs - it was too wet - but you can see our route on Google Maps.
Thank you to Colin and Sue for leading this wet walk and to Colin for writing it up.