WALKING groups across the area joined forces to mark Sussex Day 2014.
Sussex Day, on June 16, celebrates the culture and heritage of the county, and keen walkers donned their boots to get involved.
The event also marked the inauguration of the Midhurst Way, a long-distance route from Arundel to Haslemere via Tillington and Midhurst, spanning 29 miles.
Gerald Gresham Cooke from Tillington led 35 people, and four dogs, on his tour.
“We set out to inaugurate the section from Tillington to Midhurst, appropriately on Sussex Day,” said Gerald.
“It was most successful, with a cake stop at the Lodsworth Larder, then straight on to the Queen Elizabeth oak tree and across Cowdray Park to the cafe.
“All walkers appreciated the new Midhurst Way, many saying they wanted to walk the whole route.”
From Haslemere station, the route visits Camelsdale, Kingsley Green, Fernhurst, Henley, Easebourne, Lodsworth, Tillington, Duncton, Chingford Pond, Bignor, Westburton Hill, Houghton Forest and Fairmile Bottom in the South Downs area.
John Trueman discovered the walk with his wife several years ago. He said: “All those who joined Gerald can now call themselves Midhurst Way Explorers.
“The Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) has added the Haslemere to Midhurst section of the Way to their map and database.
“Gerald’s walk had a community spirit and a sense of sharing which, I’m told, even the four dogs appreciated.
“Unlike the South Downs Way which is scenically similar throughout its length – it runs over chalk grassland – the Midhurst Way is very different, a lot more exciting visually.
“What makes it so much more interesting than most long-distance paths is the number and variety of its attractions, not just quaint villages, old market towns, and country estates, but grand historic sites like Petworth House and Park.”
For details on the walking routes, email John at firstname.lastname@example.org