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            WI WALK, THURSDAY JUNE 29TH 2017

Image by Loraine


It was a grey, not very warm, summer's day when a small group of WI walkers met at Hare Warren, a wooded area just outside of Wilton on the road to Broadchalke.

There is space for parking by a gateway, and it was from here that we set off following a hard surfaced path straight ahead of us.  After about five minutes walking we paused by a memorial bench to admire the wonderful views across Salisbury and beyond. We also admired an ancient beech tree that despite loosing some limbs had split it's trunk into several and continued to grow with a very wide spread of leaf cover.

Moving on we soon took a path to the right marked as being on the Wilton Estate and asking us to keep to the footpath, which of course we did.  However, we discovered a large fallen tree blocking the path but after some debate we managed to crawl under it and carry on with our walk.  Further on the downward path we turned left and walked on through the woodland for about another half mile until we came to the edge of the woodland where a large pile of felled logs were stacked.

The path carries on and walkers can eventually reach the Shaftesbury Drove, but we stopped to admire the great views across the countryside.  Bright white flowers of the Bindweed plant adorned part of the hedgerow, and although it is an unwelcome plant for gardeners here it had a beauty of its own as it wrapped and coiled around the hedge.  

We turned around and took the path ahead to walk back to our starting point.  The path kept more or less straight on through the woodland where a variety of trees grow many of ancient years whose trunks and branches twist and turn with age.  We did a slight detour just before the end along the Lorenzo trail, wondering how it got its name.  Here are some very large yew trees, again with amazing twisted trunks and limbs.

The walk, at a leisurely stroll with many 'stop and stare' moments, took one and a half hours and was approximately 2 miles long. The route is popular with dog walkers.

We intend to explore more trails there in the future.

SWANS WIImage by Loraine

Our June meeting, on the first of the month ushered in summer with a really interesting, entertaining and informative Speaker. Jane Foley teaches Tai Chi, and after talking to us about the history, uses and benefits of Tai Chi, she gave us a short and graceful demonstration. Those of us who wished to, were then encouraged to have a go ourselves, under her expert and friendly guidance. We all found the experience rewarding and the subject fascinating with several of us considering taking it up. It certainly gave us food for thought.  Talking of food, after our exercise, we all looked forward to, and enjoyed a truly delicious tea with a variety of tempting delicacies that we certainly appreciated.

Last month, a most interesting outing was arranged for us. Several members went to the Milestones Museum near Basingstoke for a gentle stroll back in time – some items definitely before our time, but plenty that we recognized from our childhood too!  It was a great day out, enjoyed by all.  Some of us have also been on our delightful group walk (where we exercise our tongues as well as our legs!) and our monthly creative group keeps nimble fingers busy over a friendly chat, whilst our enthusiastic scrabble group goes from strength to strength.

Our July meeting is our Summer Lunch Outing, which should be fun, but we normally meet at South Newton and Wishford village hall on the first Thursday of each month at 2.00pm.  If you are interested in joining us, you would be given a warm welcome.  For more information telephone Loraine on 743577.