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*February 19 Regional Ramble – Burley Byeways

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Southern Regional Ramble – Burley Byeways – 25th February 2019

We were so lucky to choose this day as it was within the timescale of the record breaking temperatures for February and was really warm with perfect blue skies.  9 of us met at Burley, plus 2 walkers (so helpful when it comes to gates and cakes!), with a great assortment of scooters: 3xTWS, 2×4 wheel Trampers, 1 Breeze 4, 1 large Pride with dual motors, 1 Hillclimber with dual motors, 1 TGA Supersport, with this interesting ensemble we set off through the little village of Burley, with its reputation of witches and ghouls, and through a little wood which leads onto the open forest where we took the track which was a new route for us, the whole ramble is only 4 miles in total but just right for a winter event, with a pub lunch at the end.  The track led us over Turf Hill and we hadn’t realised it was negotiable for us until we reccied it during January finding it to be really super with lovely views plus a few challenges as well, these being some steep downhill slopes with a loose, stoney surface and various ruts which presented a few problems for some, but these were soon overcome without being overturned!!

This track led onto the disused railway line which runs from Burley to Holmsley Road Station, although straight and flat it has some lovely scenery along the way.  From there we go up a quiet forest road, much of which could be navigated on the verges, which also gives some practice on how to drive your scooter over the bumps and furrows along the way!  Progressing onto a green area to take us a little further up the main B road to cross away from the brow of a hill leading out of Burley, not a good place to go over the road as visibility is very limited and traffic is fast,  so this little diversion helped a lot.  After crossing we take the route along Cott Lane, a lovely little hidden track which emerges next to the cricket pitch at Burley, from there it’s across the road and into the little wood, taking us back into the village centre.  Burley is quite a fascinating  place with lots of little quiet lanes and tracks and you can spend a pleasant afternoon with your ViewRanger going round these lanes and exploring.  We then went into the very nice and convenient pub called the Queens Head and had a really tasty lunch, a very good ending to a super day.  Pleased to welcome Gary & Lyn and hope they will become members in due course.  Roy’s friend Lyn brought along a lovely selection of cakes for our coffee break which was very much enjoyed by us all.

Now looking forward to the next rambles in March.  Thanks to all for coming and making it such a super day.

Val and Bob.