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Visits to our villages

Many of the walks during the Festival start (and finish) in Farnham Town. However, some explore the villages around us. For the purposes of this post, we're not including the ones exploring our gorgeous countryside - they will be highlighted in future blog posts. Today we are looking at village walks! Checking the list of nearly 40 rambles, we've come up with five to bring to your attention.

On Monday May 20, Richard Sandars and Charles Fearnley from the Bourne Conservation Group are leading a thee mile trip entitled 'Exploring the Heritage, Wildlife and Conservation of the Bourne Valley'. This starts and finishes at St Thomas-on-The Bourne Church, visiting sites of heritage and wildlife interest in the area (illustrative photo above).

On Wednesday 22 May, Roy Waight explores 'Rowledge through the Ages' in his 4.5 mile trek. This starts at the Old Vicarage, opposite St. James' Church, Rowledge. It goes through the village of Rowledge, trespassing into Wrecclesham, where we see the old row ditch, lanes between squatters' plots, learn something of the history of the village and end up with a light meal and wine in the original vicarage. (Photo above)

On Sunday 26 May we are heading to The Bourne again. Liz Witham from the Farnham Ramblers is exploring The Bourne Footpaths' History. Her 4 mile walk starts at the car park on The Bourne Green and takes us on a hilly walk at a gentle pace with some history about the names of the footpaths.

Wednesday 29 May and we are back at The Bourne for a Walk in the Bourne Woods. David Dearsley of the Bourne Conservation Group leads a 4 miler scenic circular walk down the Bourne Valley, into and around the Bourne Woods with special attention to local history, wildlife and filming in the Woods.

Finally on the same day, Maurice Hewins is leading an evening walk from Badshot Lea Village Pond. His 3-mile ramble takes us 1851 to the Present Day while we examine the development of the Victorian Village and explore Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve.

All the details of these walks are online - check here for the full programme.

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