Meet at main car park in Brookley Rd, Brockenhurst 8.50 a.m for a 9.00 a.m start.
We leave Brockenhurst via Meerut Rd, named in honour the Indian troops of the Meerut Divisions who fought on the Western Front in WW1. Although the Meerut 1st, 2nd and 3rd's all fought with great courage some divisions were more effective than others. Further details can be found at Comparethemeerut.com
We turn onto Rhinefield drive and continue to the A35. Turn left onto the A35 and then take care when making the right turn up Lyndhurst rd towards Burley. We avoid reaching the fleshpots of Burley by taking a right onto Forest road and then along Moortown lane until we arrive at Charles's lane and proceed to Ringwood Rd where we head south.
Next we turn right onto Harpway lane and then carefully navigate our way between Sopley and Bransgore. Bransgore is claimed to refer to one of King Alfred's battles against the Danes, Brans from "brains" and Gore from "blood. In the 19th century, Victorian romantics even persuaded the Ordnance Survey to mark the site of a battle at Bransgore. Disappointingly there is no truth in this story. In Middle English 'Bran' and 'Gore' actually mean 'Filthy' and 'Triangle'. It remains a mystery why the residents of 'Filthytriangle' might have wanted to completely make up an ancient, heroic battle.
At the Lamb Inn we head east along Bockhampton and Harrow Rd. Then head north on Forest rd before joining Burley and Pound lane. From the witchcraft nicky-nacky shops of Burley it's back to The Sett at Brockenhurst for a hard earned toasted tea-cake and excellent cup of their finest.
Forecast is 'Not bad for this time of year' so hopefully another well attended week. Route downloadable here