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We met at the gate entrance to the Forestry Commission’s wood, Hare Warren.  This is a popular dog walking area and our three dogs eagerly set off with us in tow!

We walked straight ahead on the footpath, stopping at an opening to the right of the track to admire the magnificent view across the fields, where Salisbury Cathedral is clearing visible on the skyline.  It was a good walk through the wood although the latter half was somewhat muddy after the previous night’s rain; the dogs appreciated the puddles that provided them with drinking water.

On leaving the woods we again stopped to look at the landscape spread out in front of us, and after crossing a wide farm track we walked onto a grassy track on top of the hill, with farm fields either side, that led through a gate and onto grassy downland.  To our right was the beautiful deep valley known locally as the Punchbowl and as we walked on the edge of it we looked deep down towards farm buildings in the distance.  We carried on downhill past it until we reached another farm gate.  Here we could have turned right to go diagonally uphill and onwards to the Shaftesbury drove, but we decided to leave that for another day.

Below us we admired the patterns on the newly ploughed fields that seemed to be an inspired patchwork of nature.

Retracing our steps, we walked back up the grassy track and into the woods where the dogs did some more exploring before we reached our cars.  Phillipa has a keen eye for fungi and spotted several that she was able to photograph, including bracket fungi on the side of some of the beech trees.

The walk took approximately one and a half hours, and I would estimate was two to three miles there and back.

If you would like to join our WI walks please contact Loraine 01722 743577 or email: paperstitch@icloud.com

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Loraine on 743577 or email paperstitch@icloud.com