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Due to the very hot weather and a clash with the Chalke Valley History Festival the planned walk at Broadchalke was substituted with this walk around Hare Warren.

We parked at the top of the hill at the gateway to Hare Warren, after travelling along South Street from Wilton and past Bulbridge.

We took the path straight ahead of us that unfortunately for some metres is a hazardous area due to the amount of dogs ‘poo’ - not the dogs’ fault but the inconsiderate owners.

But we were glad to walk under the shade of the overhanging trees and enjoy the slight breeze rustling through the leaves.

We stopped to admire the view from a gap in the trees before turning right at the path junction.  This took us on a slightly downhill route through the woodland. We turned left at a fork in the path and continued this way for some time until reaching another

fork where we turned right and walked to the end of the path that joins a farm track.

There are beautiful views here across the Wiltshire countryside.  We debated whether to proceed to the punch bowl but because of the heat decided to return back along the track that runs straight through to the road and the area where we parked the cars.

We met no other people on the route that is usually fairly busy with dog walkers.  A few butterflies flitted about, but the birds were quiet, probably sheltering under the green canopy.

The walk took around an hour and a quarter and was just over two miles long.

It was an ideal route for a hot summer’s day.


Our August meeting saw us gathered yet again in a heatwave. We soon opened all the windows and settled down to hear all the business and reports from our various groups, whilst fanning ourselves with our WI programmes (good job they are made of nice stiff card!).  We said our goodbyes to one member who is moving out if the area. Pamela was our President for three years. We wish her luck and shall miss her. Loraine gave us a very interesting insight into her recent stay at Denman College learning about Arts and Crafts gardens.  We went on to discuss decorating our hall with Peace Doves for the International Day of Peace in September. A group of us will be creating paper doves of all shapes, sizes and degrees of perfection - we are a very inclusive group you know!

More delicious jams were sold, plus lovely runner beans. Pretty posies we’re presented to several birthday girls and then our speaker, Diana Goetz gave an interesting talk on the life of Thomas Hardy, accompanied by some beautiful and rarely seen slides.

Tea was very welcome and as usual ‘truly scrumptious’. We were all thirsty on such a hot afternoon and the teapots were refilled several times.

We have a busy Creative Group, enthusiastic Scrabble Team and keen Walking Group as well as our convivial monthly Speakers. In September we shall learn all about Natural Skincare from Jill Cockerton- I for one can do with any help on offer.

If you would like to give our group a try you would be given a very warm welcome. We meet on the first Thursday of each month at South Newton and Wishford village hall. Our next meeting is on September 6th at 2.00 pm. Ring Loraine on 01722 743577 or Email paperstitch@icloud.com.