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The Fernhurst Society

Memories of Fernhurst: country walks

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Many Fernhurst families remember the walks they took with their parents on Saturday or Sunday afternoons around the district. Down Church Road to Tanyard and to Friday’s Hill and back to the Cross was a regular walk. Another favourite walk was along chapel Street (Vann Road), through Hawksfold and sometimes as far as Telegraph Hill before retracing their steps. A shorter but no less popular walk was down Midhurst Road to Cook’s Bridge, left up Miggs Lane and across the fields to Ashurst, or up the lane to Lickfold. We are reminded by several who enjoyed the walks that the toddlers were always behind.

Fernhurst is a walkers’ paradise, the number of walks and rambles is inexhaustible, through breeze-blown commons, over fir-clad hills or through wooded valleys. For many this has always been a favourite pastime, especially in days gone by before the advent of the bicycle and the car. After a walk, what could be pleasanter than a garden setting for a home-made tea of delicious scones with home-made jam and cakes? This was a joy when one visited the ‘Golden Lantern’ tea rooms and one looked forward to the next walk and the next tea in such perfect conditions. Memory serves to record one special day when a party had been initiated into the beauties of the Fernhurst district and the climax was tea in the Golden Lantern garden, with the flowers at their most colourful. The party of ramblers was truly overwhelmed with the lovely countryside and the delicious tea, a perfect spot to visit rain or shine.

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The Fernhurst Oral History Project was supported by the Local Heritage Initiative. The Local Heritage Initiative was developed by the Countryside Agency and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Nationwide Building Society.