|A Small Walnut Tree Atop The Hill|
|A Good Day For a Stroll In - Plague Pits Valley!|
The first obstacle to our expedition was that the small car park by the river Itchen was full – I have heard rumours about plans by Sustrans (the cycle network) to reopen the Victorian viaduct for bikes. This would be a massively ambitious project but could create a fantastic cycle track down the old railway route.
|The Steep Embankments Can Be Quite Challenging|
|Crowning Glory of Beech|
On a hot day the walk up St. Catherine’s can be hard work but all the effort is always well rewarded when you reach the summit.
|Children Marching the Mysterious Mismaze|
Once you get to the top of the hill, stunning views over Winchester open up. The brow of the hill is crowned with a circular clump of glorious beech trees. There is also an ancient turf labyrinthine pattern carved into the hilltop called the Mismaze.
|I Spy Apple Pie!|
While the children zoomed about the Mismaze – I scuttled off to examine a couple of suspiciously walnut-like trees I had seen. They were indeed walnuts but they had been picked dry, presumably by the travellers – no nuts, never mind!
|One of the Large Walnut Trees on St Catherine's Hill|
|Ready to Run Downhill...|
Then, in a weird moment of synchronicity (strange things often occur atop prehistoric hillforts), we chanced upon someone I had worked with by email but not met in person. Chris is a freelance designer who was employed on my latest martial art book project Wing Chun: the Works.
|Cooling Our Jets In The Itchen River|
|Ooh! That's Better.|