Wooden Footpath signThis week’s Wednesday Walks from the Gill Nethercott Centre made a lovely finale to the programme of weekly ‘Health Walks’.

The Wriggly Way ends with mulled wine
With a sunny dry day and the festive spirit building the two walks set off, a short gentle walk around the town and a longer walk.

Whitchurch has a mass of town paths and alleys.

Whitchurch has a mass of town paths and alleys.

The latter, dubbed the Wriggly Way, focussed on exploring many of the alleys and paths – Rec Alley, the School Path, the Zig Zag, the 36 steps, Jerusalem Arch, and Ardglen Link were amongst those included.
Both very sociable walks finished with a welcome spread of warm sausage rolls, cakes, minced pies and of course mulled wine.

Quiz and a red face 🙂
The traditional quiz, arranged admirably by Wendy Helsby, was won by the ‘Mayor’s team’ but with the red face embarrassment (by he who should know) that two questions wrong included the date the Town Hall was built and how many people lived in Whitchurch.

A social stop.

A social stop.

Those who arrange these weekly walks and events are to be fully praised for their commitment in providing such a wonderful activity for Whitchurch. The town is lucky to have such volunteers.

Walks over the holidays
Barry Carter, one of the coordinators and walk leaders also announced several other walks that were taking place in the area.
The regular GNC Walks return on Wednesday 2nd January – just turn up shortly before 10.00am. Walks are usually around 60 – 90 minutes, are free, and there is coffee, tea and biscuits at the finish. Just wear suitable footwear and clothing for the weather.


A selection of Walks over Christmas / New Year:

Wednesday 26th December – Boxing Day Walk
11.00am meet at GNC for two usual walks (a short and a longer)
Family and friends welcome.
The longer walk is likely to take a break at the Watership Down Inn

Sunday 23rd December – Solstice Walk
Organised from Harroway Organic Gardens.
9.30am – 10.00am Meet at Harroway Organics for tea and mince pies.
10.00am Walk approx 7 miles cross country to the White Hart Stoke, with break at The George, St Mary Bourne, on the way.
1.30pm Andover Museum Loft Singers and Overton Mummers at the White Hart, Stoke.
Collection for Andover Crisis and Support Centre.

Thursday 27th December – The Wonston Walk
Wonston Arms (nr Sutton Scotney) Fund-raising walk
11.00am Depart Wonston Arms.
A 5-mile walk using small lanes and ancient tracks visiting sites of Neolithic Barrows, features of the Iron Age and finishing at around 1.30pm with refreshments and open log fire at the award winning Wonston Arms (currently in top 4 of National Pub of Year judging).

Monday 31st December – New Years Eve
Overton have invited Whitchurch walkers on their two stage walk.
10.00am Depart Overton Recreation Centre.
Stage One: Three Churches – circular walk via Overton, Ashe and Deane churches (approx 4.5 miles);
Stage Two: Four Churches – as above which continues from Deane to Stevenson Church before returning to Overton (approx 8 miles).

Plus at any time – the Bus Walks.