Latest Walk: The Bedham Hills

Today’s walk was an old favourite, “The Bedham Hills”, led by the author. The weather was sunny and it was not too muddy underfoot, so we had an enjoyable walk through the woods and fields.

The walk started from the car park in “the Mens” nature reserve. Unusually, it was very busy, with another large walking group and some fungus foragers congregating there around the same time.

We started by walking along Crimbourne Lane and then through the grounds of Hawkhurst Court. My guide notes that this was used during World War 2 to house Canadian forces and to plan and execute the 1942 Dieppe raid, described there as “disastrous”.

The initial stages of the walk were wooded and we went a little wrong, as I had not done the walk for a couple of years, but this was soon corrected. After some ascents and descents we emerged into some fields, then proceeded down the lane to Fittleworth. On the way we encountered a “Give Way” sign, which one walker swore was the wrong way up, but later observations on the way home suggested this was wrong!

On reaching Fittleworth, we still had a little way to go to reach the pub stop at the Swan Inn. When there, we had lunch, which was good quality and had a more modern presentation than the pub fare on the previous walk.

The way back saw us pass Brinkwells, where – according to my walk book – Edward Elgar composed a number of works there from 1917 to 1921, although according to the actual plaque there it was only 1917 to 1919.

The final stretch of the walk down through the woods always seems to see us going a little wrong, and today was no exception. However, this did not slow us down, as we just emerged onto Crimbourne Lane in a slightly different place.

Many thanks to everyone who came on the walk. If you came along and would like to comment, feel free to do so.

2 thoughts on “Latest Walk: The Bedham Hills”

  1. Thanks for leading the walk James. It is always a good one as it is nice and wooded.

    Edward Elgar wrote the music to the hymn ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.

    Perhaps we can do this again next year.

  2. Thanks for guiding the walk James which I agree was really nice through all the woodland.

    I did check out the sign on getting home. I’ve been driving for over 20 years and it’s always been the way we saw it!

    According to Wikipedia his wife rented the cottage after the war and a move to the country was due to his ill health. He composed a few more pieces there but actually died not that long after.

    Elgar also wrote Nimrod variations which was played at the 2012 olympics ceremony and connotations of Britishness and the empire –

    But the Elgar cello concerto played by Jacqueline Du Pre is my favourite Elgar piece . Baramboin was her husband.

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