Latest Walk: Hilaire Belloc’s Shipley

Once again there was a good turnout: 10 walkers and 2 dogs. Although at times a little chilly, conditions were generally good for walking, with the route not being too muddy for the most part.

We started from the small roadside car park in Shipley; this village was Hilaire Belloc’s home for much of his life, thus the title of the walk. We proceeded past the church and out of the village, into the grounds of Knepp Castle. We got to see not only the current building, but also the ruins of the original castle, which dates from the 13th century.

The rest of the walk before lunch took us across the A24 to West Grinstead, then back again to the village of Dial Post. There we had lunch at the Crown Inn. As the tables inside were all booked, we had to eat outside, but fortunately we were all dressed for the weather! The food was excellent and met general approval.

The shorter second half of the walk saw us proceed back from Dial Post to Shipley. We passed Shipley Windmill as we entered the village, and a short while later were back in the car park where we started.

Many thanks to all who attended the walk and I hope you enjoyed it.

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