A sad but satisfied group departed Eastbourne on another sunny morning as we set off to Exbury Gardens.
Carol was our leader today for a 6 mile stroll, whilst others spent the afternoon in the beautiful grounds of this lovely garden in Exbury, Hampshire, which belongs to a branch of the Rothschild family.
Exbury is a peaceful and beautiful village with a fascinating history and important war time links to Lepe and the build up to D-Day.
The walk started at Exbury then followed field and woodland paths to Lepe, where we enjoyed spectacular views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and had our lunch, once again blessed with sunshine.
The tide was with us, or rather a long way out, enabling us to continue along the beach to the start of the sea defence groynes. Turning left here we followed the path uphill to re-join Inchmery Lane then turning right and following the road towards Lepe and past Lepe House.
Crossing the road here, we follow the signed footpath along the edge of Cump Copse, over a stile and straight on through the wood, retracing our steps across the field and back to the road and stile, then taking the road back to Exbury Village.
We stopped to look at the Parish Church of St Katherine’s, before returning to the cafe in Exbury for cakes and tea – in the warm sunshine of this afternoon.
A long journey home from here to Devon, not helped with a diversion in Dorset, but Jim our driver maintained his cool and we arrived safe and sound in the Bay once again.
Thank you to Carol for this excellent walk enabling some to complete over 26 miles during the weekend, as well as experience some of the most stunning and beautiful scenes in our Country – coast, town, field and garden.
Thank you everyone, especially our leaders Sally, Barry and Carol, for making this weekend, such a success and here’s to the next adventure – watch this space!