St. Swithun’s Way, 2012

St Swithun’s Way, 34 miles, 2 walking days, April 2012

Winchester – Four Marks – Farnham

St. Swithun’s Way is yet another long-distance path in Hampshire, starting at the cathedral city of Winchester and finishing at Farnham where it continues as the UK National Trail North Downs Way. Along the trail, the route passes through Chawton, the home of Jane Austin, and offers opportunities to pick up the Watercress Line steam railway at Alton.

I’ve lost any photographs I might have taken on this walk but here’s a short story to amuse you. Four Marks is the exact hallway point and my target stopover at the end of Day 1. Unfortunately, when I investigated an appropriate place to eat, there was none. We had booked into the Travelodge in Four Marks but the hotel did not provide any food or drink and there was no close-by restaurant or pub serving meals. So, what to do?

Aware that we would both be hungry after 17 miles walking, I carried the evening meal in my rucksack and presented it to Carol once we’d settled in to our hotel room. The gallery below shows what I did. Take a look. I know how to show a girl a good time!

(I am indebted to my sister Maureen for archiving, retrieving and e-mailing to me the two gallery images. Very impressive archiving.)

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