RICHARD WILLIAMSON Country Walk...Hammerpot Copse, Angmering Park

A lovely walk through woods, meadows and cornfields in Angmering. Park two miles east of Arundel. Woodland car park TQ061065, distance 3.1 miles (5 kms).

Footpath fingerpost south-east into woodlands, passing a curious 12-trunked sweet chestnut and entering young oak wood with hazel coppice understorey.

Spring flowers will include bluebells, red campion, wood anemones, birds singing now include blackcap warblers, chaffinches and stock doves.

Turn right on yellow arrow at the road, passing a dying beech on your right, huge hazels on your left, a magnificent horse chestnut and a big old ash with woodpecker holes to your right.

Then you will pass a rich, damp meadow to your right with bird’s foot trefoil, sorrel, speedwell and the pignut umbellifer which is about nine inches tall.

Soon turn left on yellow arrow under an oak into the cornfields down a grass track. At far end an easy stile then turn right on fingerpost leaving a lovely oak/ash wood behind and with old and venerable sweet chestnuts to your right.

Easy stile on to A27 pavement, turn left and after 120 yards left again to Woodman Arms.

Then left again on blue arrow into a shady lane soon right on yellow arrow through the fields and following a hedge with its wild rose, gorse, spindle, bramble, field maple with a whitethroat warbler nesting there.

This all then becomes a thick blackthorn hedge.

Left on to road near pond, and after 100m right on yellow arrow to cross more cornfields north-east.

Passing through strip woodland of oak, ash and hazel, eastward across horsey meadow noting the narrow line of common yellow hill ant castles and remnants of wild flowers under the fence including yellow medic, buttercup, bird’s foot trefoil, cranesbill, fleabane.

Left on to road past Selden Farm for 600m, following this track north into the woods with beech plantations, crossing an easy stile.

Then turn left at a bridleway fingerpost under some douglas firs whose cones you can recognise by the three-branched bracts.

There is a western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) on right which has small cones and uneven length needles.

At edge of wood go left then right on blue arrows staying more or less south-west on a wide track which will take you back to you car.

You don’t know what you’re missing not having a Morris: I do.

Sorry. I must point out on this track the large number of butchers broom plants under the old hazels, also the robins and blackcap warblers singing, the fact this track is an old shaw or mediaeval safeway through dangerous wet swampy land, and the fact too that neither did those unfortunate people of the Middle Ages have a Morris. Sorry folks.