We are always pleased to welcome new walkers to our group.
And especially pleased to welcome those who spot out modest website, and join us from overseas.
Walk Like a Canadian
During Autumn 2018, we were delighted to be joined on two walks by visiting members of a walking group from Calgary, in Canada.
Despite some typically English weather (eg wet), Saturday's walk followed part of the South Downs Way. At 160 km long, this is one of 15 National Trails, and runs along an ancient chalk escarpment, from Winchester to the Seven Sisters.
The next day was on another long-distance path, the Solent Way. This follows Hurst Spit, a shingled beach that is home to Henry VIII's castle, (still in good repair), set in the sea edge almost within touching distance, it seems, of the Isle of Wight. The coastline to the west passes Christchurch Bay, Bournemouth, and the Jurassic Coast.
Sharing these walks with others, was a sharp reminder of how much this whole area resonates with history. Not only is Southampton itself a Roman Town, the Pilgrim fathers sailed from here to the USA on the Mayflower, as indeed did the fatal last voyage of the Titanic. Not to mention preparations for the D-Day landings, along these very shores, and which of course included so many brave North American volunteers.
We really enjoyed meeting our fellow walkers from Canada - and just hope there will be many more such visits!
Full anyone tempted, details of all our planned walks are on the
Welcome to all our Overseas Friends !
With Southampton's oldest walking group ( probably )
88 years old and still going strong - every weekend