Gaunts Common Circular Walk
Today we drove over to Gaunts Common to do a new walk. Unfortunately there weren’t any new geocaches on the route, only 3 that we had already done, so no exciting caches to find. We parked up on the road going through the village, mum and dad put their wellies on and then we set off up the footpath, over a stile and then across a field.
We were heading over to the corner of the field and my goodness, it got slightly more muddy there!!
And then we were in amongst some trees – no sign of any pheasants or squirrels though, which was a little disappointing.
I bet this will look really pretty in the spring when the snowdrops come out. We were soon out of the wood and back into a field.
They’re very lucky living in such nice fields with lovely views. There was a nice bench for weary walkers to sit and rest a while.
It was a bit chilly to sit down but on a nice summer day it will be lovely. Poor Jim was very young when he died, it’s nice to have a bench to be remembered by.
We weren’t walking down the path to Hinton Martell, we were going to come out at a path in Uppington, just a little way up the road, but first we had some scary stiles to negotiate!
These are a bit worrying, you have to trust a human to hold up the piece of wood and not drop it on you!! We walked along past some more horses that were friendly and came to say hello to us.
Oh dear, here goes for Guillotine No 2
After this stile we went down a steep slope to a little road and then we climbed up the other side and walked up along past yet more horses. And then we met this little pony who came running over to us.
Poor thing looked quite disappointed as we didn’t have anything for him.
Before long we were walking along a nice little footpath that was a bit muddy and looked like it would get quite overgrown in the summer.
Hey, a bridge… I hope we find a stream soon so that I can have a paddle.
Now we were walking over the hill which would bring us out at Chalbury Church but we stopped to look at the view.
This is looking down towards Badbury Rings. Then it wasn’t long before we got to the Church at Chalbury.
Well, I thought I’d done a blog about our geocaching adventure here but I can’t find it so maybe I didn’t, let me know if you find it! From here we walked across the road at Chalbury and into another footpath. There were some lovely views along here – looking up to Horton Tower, the folly.
But to get there we had to walk through some woods
And then we were back in a field
And then we were on our way up to Horton Tower! If you follow my blips then you might remember that I blipped a photo of it back in July last year.
It’s got lots of mobile phone masts on it and we’d really like to be able to go in and have a nose around. By this time we had walked about three miles and only had about another mile to go so we took the path through Queens Copse.
Maybe they’re staying away because of the falling trees.
And then we were out of Queen’s Copse
and on our way to another bit of woodland that was a lot muddier.
Oh look, another bridge!! Let’s hope there’s some water underneath it.
BOL you didn’t think I’d just walk over the bridge did you? No, of course not… I went for a paddle.
We continued on walking through the woods for a little while and then we were out of the woods and on our way back to the road where we’d parked the car.
No horses = nice footpaths. Sorry horses, but you do make a horrible mess of the footpaths with your great big feet.
This walk took us 1 hour and 54 minutes and it was 4.13 miles long. We were walking quite slowly because it was muddy and we also stopped a lot to take photos and look at the view. You can see the route we took here
We’re recording all our walks on Endomondo… so far we’ve walked 74.33 miles on 21 walks and if we’d done them all at once we would have walked for a total of one day four hours and two minutes! We don’t use it for all our walks, just some of them. Sometimes we do just small walks and we forget and other times the iPhone isn’t charged up enough to do the GPS but we do our best to record at least one walk a day.