8th Annual Greenman Walk - West Sussex
DATE FOR 2018 is Sunday 17th June.
This year, we will once again be meeting up for our Annual Greenman Walk. For those who wish to join in, as well as our walk and social picnic, we will also be having a Summer Solstice Ritual. If you want to take part, please feel free to bring along any songs, poems or words if you would like to contribute. You are most welcome to just enjoy.
The First Greenman Walk at Arundel, saw some 30 people turn up for a casual stroll through the wild woodland to the western side of Houghton Forest, that is left largely to grow as nature intended. there are none of the Forestry Commission Long Pole pine in this area and whilst the general chatter meant we saw very little wildlife the walk was never-the-less enjoyable.
Afterwards the group shared a picnic and hunted to find the Greenman image of The Greenman behind the Poppies which was eventually found by Gemma.
The Greenman Wallk is held annually and is designed to bring together families for a walk in our beautiful countryside.
Although attempts have been made to organise the walks in different places over the last few years, it is the event at Whiteways Lodge that always seems to be more popular.
Whiteways countryside and picnic site is just off the Whiteways roundabout on the A29 and A284. Within short walking distance are spectacular views of the South Downs and Sussex Weald.
It can be reached on foot from the village of Houghton via the Monarchs Way.
The Monarch's way is Britain's second longest signed walking trail. A total of 615 miles (990km), this historic route uses footpaths and bridleways to follow Charles II's escape route after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. For 6 exciting weeks, and hotly pursued by the Parliamentary forces under Oliver Cromwell, the king travelled first north, then south, through the Cotswolds and the Mendips to the South Coast, and finally along the South Downs to Shoreham Harbour where he made the escape to France. Following the death of Oliver Cromwell, Charles was eventually restored to the throne.