The Summer Ramble held on 10 September 2017 had a definite focus – to explore the Wilfred Owen connection at Dunsden.

The walk was organised by Francis Sergeant and incorporated Clayfield Copse and Blackhouse Wood where we enjoyed seeing the various wooden sculptures and coppicing, noticed the original parish Saxon boundary between Mapledurham and Binfield Heath, and learnt about the gravel pit workings in that area. We then walked along old paths to Dunsden Church where we heard interesting talks about notable features of the church, the life of Wilfred Owen, and a recitation of three of his war poems (thanks to Christine of Dunsden Church, Francis and Ian Lowry respectively). We then moved on to Dunsden Green where we saw the remarkable well and recently erected Wilfred Owen trail board, before returning to Clayfield Copse just before the rain started.

Many thanks to Francis for a fascinating afternoon.

Group photo at Clayfield Copse2017 09 11 Sporadic walk 2Ian Lowry at Dunsden Church2017 09 11 Sporadic walk 4Collecting conkersAt the Clayfield Copse dragon

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Our Autumn ramble will be especially suited to children and details will appear on the newsletters.

St Peter’s Occasional Rambles And Dawdles In the Countryside