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|WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GILBERT WHITE Selborne to Oxford
THE SECOND DAY 28th APRIL – SHALDEN TO NEWNHAM GREEN
Today 33 of us set off from Shalden Farm in brilliant sunshine, but with a seriously icy wind. The views were even more spectacular than yesterday, and the promised skylarks were singing above our heads as we neared Up Nately with wild garlic in the hedgerows. We were away from civilisation for most of the day, and lunched sitting on some fallen logs between Tunworth and Up Nately – those of us who had remembered to bring our lunch (note for future walkers). We had no complaints of blisters or aching limbs, even from those for whom this was the second day and the pace was good, with the dogs leading the way. The stricture about leads is largely ignored and it is a joy to see them chasing each other and competing for sticks. At Newnham Green, in place of the lamented pub which has closed for business, tea was waiting for us in the support car, and Fleur’s cakes which were much appreciated.
A pre-lunch stop while we regrouped – they said they were less tired than they looked!
Walking down to Up Nately Church with only 2 miles to go!