The Countryside Companions Walking Group appeals to those who wish to walk and explore the attractive local countryside of Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex, whilst enjoying the company of other likeminded people. You will find us very friendly and relaxed.
Every three months a new programme of Thursday walks is published. These generally attract 10 to 20 members and are usually between 7 and 9 miles in length but some longer and shorter walks are included.
A typical Thursday walk will start around 10am have a short refreshment stop then break for lunch at a pub. Members choose to either bring their own packed lunch then have a drink in the pub or have a pub lunch. Every walk has a designated leader(s) and all are encouraged to take their turn as leader. We are very supportive in helping with planning and undertaking a pre walk. We are happy to welcome people who are both seasoned walkers and those who are new to walking.
Each quarter we organise a short walk followed by a social activity such as a BBQ, boules, skittles or a quiz at a local pub. We welcome partners or friends to join us on such occasions.
Each year we have an optional walking holiday and have visited The Cotswolds and sections of The South West Coastal Path over the last five years.
To give a flavour of our walks here are some of our past destinations:
- Easebourne – Midhurst – Cowdray Park (6 miles) Picnic, Cowdray Café or White Horse
- Thursley – Elstead (7 miles) The Woolpack or picnic
- Selborne figure of 8 (7.5 miles) Picnic or Selborne Arms
- Rowlands Castle – West Marden (9 miles) Picnic or The Victoria
- Bosham – Itchenor (10 miles). The Crown and Anchor or picnic
Highlights from recent walks include righting a sheep found struggling on its back; amazing views from the Downs – both North and South; being invited to visit a beautiful garden we just happened to be passing; a farm ice cream shop and crab sandwiches on the seafront.
The group is affiliated with The Ramblers Association and so takes advantage of their advice and insurance services. This has been most helpful during the pandemic when we were most anxious to comply with Government restrictions in the best interests of our members and the public. This has sometimes meant walking in smaller groups and more picnics or a long morning walk with a couple of refreshment stops.
Whatever the walk in whichever direction, they are always great fun in excellent company and there is never a dull moment. If you would like more information do please give Chris a call on 01428 722974 or Barbara on 01428 722859. We are always happy for people to walk with us for a number of times as a guest before deciding whether to join.