Christ Church Winter Walk - Sunday 22nd November

"Ashdown House's remote downland setting stirs the soul as much as the chalk-white perfection of its architecture". So says Candida Lycett Green, John Betjeman's daughter (Times, Sept 26). A ramble around the Ridgeway, passing Ashdown House, is planned for Sunday 22 November. Convene at the car park on the Ridgeway 3/4 mile SE of Ashbury (SU 274844) at 2.00 p.m.[Map] This is the start and finish point of a 4.5 mile circular walk which also visits Alfred's Castle, an Iron Age fort. A shorter (2 mile) out-and-back option is available.

The walks are high up on the Lambourn Downs and there is little ascent or descent. Trainers or walking boots, and suitable warm and spare clothing, are advised. Some of the way is along the Ridgeway and some along tracks off the main Ridgeway. It is planned to return to the car park (and start point) by 4.30 p.m. All are welcome, and transport can be arranged.

For further details, please contact Daniel Pitt, 39 Okus Road, Swindon, Wilts. SN1 4LE Home Tel:521732,Mobile:07989 493850 email

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