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Walking routes

The following pages contain maps of some of the walks done by the Walking group recently. You'll see a button to show the route towards the bottom of each linked page. You will also see a button to download a 'GPX' and/or 'KMZ' file that you can use with:

  • a GPS device
  • a smart phone with a suitable app (such as Osmand)
  • a PC with suitable software (such as Google Earth).

You can use the maps to plan another walk for the Walking group, or to walk the route yourself.

We'll be building the list over time.

Available maps:

Items held by the Walking Group

The following are available to walk leaders and those planning new walks:

Health & Safety:

  • First aid pack
  • Sling & safety pins
  • 5 'Life' emergency blankets, sealed
  • Around 55 emergency Contact Cards (U3A design)
  • Emergency Contact Book (superseded by the Group contacts service)
  • HiVis Waistcoat

Maps, OS Series Pathfinder 1:25,000 (1976/84):

  • Winchester (South)
  • Portsmouth & Havant
  • Horndean
  • Petersfield & East Meon
  • Chichester & Bognor Regis
  • Cocking & Sutton
  • Midhurst & Petworth
  • Pulborough & Steyning

Maps, OS Series Pathfinder 1:25,000 (1987/91)

  • Alton & Four Marks
  • Petersfield & Meon Valley
  • Horndean
  • Portsmouth & Havant
  • Chichester & Bognor Regis
  • Selsey Bill

The above are small sheets - good for planning.

Footpath Map, Hayling, Havant, & Thorney.

Guide Books:

  • "Walks for All and Themes to Boot"
  • "Country Pub Walks"
  • "Walks Around Sidlesham"
  • "Ten Walks - Winchester"
  • "Country Walks in Horndean"
  • "Walks Around West Meon & Warnford"
  • "Hambledon Guide & Walks"
  • "12 Walks Near Chichester"
  • "5 Short Walks - East Meon"
  • "Circular Walks on Hayling Island"
  • "Buriton - Some Walks Through Time"
  • "Gales Pub Five Circular Walks"
  • AA: "50 Walks in Sussex"
  • NT: "Stroll the South Downs"
  • "Waterside Walks in Sussex"
  • "Waterside Walks in Hampshire"
  • "Along & Around the Wayfarers Walk"

Chichester Harbour Conservancy:

  • "Series-1"; #1 to #9, mostly long
  • "Series-2"; #1 to #10, mostly short

Walk Leaflets:

  • Emsworth to Langstone
  • Manor Farm & Country Park
  • "Literary Walks in East Hampshire - Buriton"
  • ditto - Edward Thomas"
  • "Rother Valley -Selborne & Empshott"
  • "Footpaths & Bridleways in Rowlands Castle"
  • "Downs Link Route Map - Guilford to Shoreham"
  • "Queen Elizabeth Country Park"
  • "Welcome to Harting Down"
  • "Chalk Stones"
  • "A Farming Walk", (Westbourne)
  • "Langstone Harbour, Guide & Waterside Walk
  • "Chichester Walls Walk"
  • "5 Walks on Hayling Island"
  • "Staunton Way - 6 Walks"
  • "Walk 7 - Northney Explorer"
  • "Walk 10 - Chidham Circular"

Ordnance Survey Guides:

  • What to take in a daypack
  • Map reading
  • Navigating using the Sun. Moon, & stars

Illustrated Walk Diary, 2006 (Sue Humphrey)

North Hayling poorhouse

This is an article published in the Spring 2018 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter....

It is interesting that Hayling once had a “Poorhouse” and that this was situated in North Hayling rather than in the south of the Island. It was built on a piece of land in what is St. Peter’s Road today. An Article in the Portsmouth Evening News dated 22nd October 1932 states that it was then a picturesque row of cottages known as North Terrace. In the 18th century the Parish of North Hayling had considerably more inhabitants than South Hayling. (A census taken in 1788 gave the population as being considerably the larger of the two parishes) so it is not surprising that the Poorhouse was built here.

The Poorhouse was a place where those who were unable to support themselves were offered accommodation and employment by their local parish. Life “in the workhouse” was intended to be harsh to ensure that only the truly destitute would apply. The Parish Council, who administered the Poorhouse, would use the free labour of inmates on tasks such as breaking stones, road mending, picking oakum and crushing bones to produce fertilizer. Inmates were required to surrender their clothes when they entered and wear standard workhouse uniforms.

The parish records for North Hayling exist from 1783, previous records having been lost. The Poorhouse was administered by the North Hayling Parish Council with a monthly meeting of ratepayers being held, its accounts and minutes kept by the churchwarden and two overseers, verified twice a year by two Justices of the Peace. Levying a Poor Rate on all local inhabitants raised income.

The minutes tell us that in 1787 the old almshouse was falling down and John Rogers (then the Church Warden) raised loans and was granted land to build a new Poor house.  The house was thatched and had attached to it a hog pen and a furze-house, both also thatched. In his book “The King holds Hayling”, F.G.S. Thomas tells us that “Wm. Palmer was master at 6 shillings a week, then came Mrs. Warren at about 4 shillings a week and Mr. Parr taught the children at two shillings and sixpence a week.”  He also tells us that “in 1801, when all the poorhouses in the country were full and overflowing Hayling North spent £60 a month on its poor.”  This was the year of the first official National Census and the parish of North Hayling was reckoned to have 254 residents.  Of these only 25 were ratepayers and, as Thomas states, “it almost passes belief that they should have had to find £740 for their poor”. 1801 was a disastrous year throughout the South of England because of a series of crop failures.

In the year 1834, when parish workhouses were superseded by Union Workhouses, the Havant Board of Guardians took over the duties formerly carried out by the parish of North Hayling.  The Poor of Hayling then became the responsibility of Havant Borough Council and were then all accommodated in the Havant Workhouse.

This is a very short introduction to our former Poorhouse.  Those interested in finding out more are directed towards an article published in the Portsmouth Evening News – 22 October 1932 and reproduced in “A Collection of Articles on Hayling Island Volume 2. (Havant History Booklet No.47) produced by The Spring.   Also “The King holds Hayling” by F.G.S. Thomas, chapters 13 and 14  “The Poor we had with us” and “Save the Parish Harmless”.   Both these sources provide fascinating glimpses into the life of the poor and the ways in which they were “cared for” in the 18th and early 19th centuries.  This article relies heavily on both these sources for information

Sue Humphrey

Group report

This is an article published in the Winter 2017 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter...

Whenever you see a container on the back of a lorry, have you ever wondered whether it has come from some exotic place around the world, what is inside it and what is its destination? Probably not, but the answers can all be found in a master programme that controls every aspect of a containers journey from its origin through to the final delivery point. The detail is astounding from the allocation of a specific container, to which lorry is to bring it to a dock, the position on the dock, its location on a ship, possibly the transfer to another ship, the order of unloading to a specific location and finally the lorry to take it to the end customer. When one considers the millions of containers on the move, the thousands of container ships sailing the seas and the multitude of ports around the world the enormity of the software programme that controls the operation can only be imagined. But this was the experience of Dinos Theophanous who gave a fascinating talk on the subject in September.

In November Maurice Winn gave us a detailed account of how the new container terminal on the Thames was designed and constructed from a green field site to a complex operational system.

On a different scale, but no less challenging, Bryan Bowen in October talked about the complexities of the Microsoft Access programme and how it has been applied to the Hayling Island U3A membership. It is this programme that ensures that you receive your local and national newsletters/magazines and allows us to claim back income taxes through gift aid.

Every meeting of the Science and Technology group is advertised at the monthly meeting and is open to all for a small nominal fee towards the cost of hiring the hall.

Paul Chapman

Group report

This is an article published in the Winter 2017 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter...

This year we have said goodbye to two members, Jean & Sheila and welcomed Jennifer & Rhoda. They organised a talk on Romsey followed by a visit there and a conducted tour of the Cathedral.

The past twelve months have produced talks by Bryan, on Local Airfields, by Maura on the litigious William Padwick - once Hayling's Lord of Manor.

Andrea organised a trip in July to the Bignor Roman Villa, set in a very attractive valley in the South Downs. Rediscovered in 1811, what started as a simple farmstead grew over the centuries to a villa of 65 rooms. Lunch was taken locally at the Squire and Horse at Bury.

LH1The year started with a conducted tour of the Cathedral in Chichester, organised by Jan, and in April Thelma & Judy led a walk around Old Bedhampton, including St Thomas Church, & the Grade II, crenelated Elms House where we took tea in the Waterloo Room, decorated for a visit by the Duke of Wellington.

Maura did us proud again by organising a trip & tour of the Hambledon Vineyard. Following a pleasant wine tasting, details are sketchy ...

In January we will plan activities for 2018 - this will include a talk about the history of the Hayling Golf Club by Viv Fitch, their archivist.

Andrea Burton

Group report

This is an article published in the Winter 2017 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter...

Owing to the upheavals of moving from a house into a flat, and the subsequent building works, several meetings were cancelled in recent months; this has not had the impact on members which might be expected. Our principal activity is addressing problems or topics brought up by the members. However problems are in decline, partly because software and hardware suppliers are improving the usability of their products and partly because people, especially those in the younger generation, are becoming more computer literate. So U3A members usually have assistance fairly close at hand or at least on the end of a telephone or email. If this trend continues I can see this group morphing into the "Computers and Current Affairs Group".

So although in the last year, members have had to convert (or been converted!) to Windows 10, the problems have not been so many as expected. Even emails, though still susceptible to annoying changes by suppliers, are getting more straightforward. We have room for new members and we don't have much discussion on very technical matters. We are even gaining experience on the use of tablets, though this is an area where suppliers should publicise the capabilities of their products.

Contact me if you are interested.

Peter Hill

Group report

This is an article published in the Winter 2017 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter...

MusicForFunThis group continues to meet 2 weekly in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

We play various styles of music and songs on a variety of instruments. We tend to play mostly Celtic folk tunes but also some songs, some jazz and have been adding popular classical pieces to our repertoire.

In the summer we were asked to play for a special charity raising event by the Hayling Bowls Group at the community centre. As it was wet, the indoor mats were put out and we were all invited to join in. For some of us it was our first try at bowls.

We also had a display of 'in house' Morris men dancing and then were invited to join in with some folk dancing. Much fun and laughter was had! We played a 20 minute spot with music and songs. As Sue Humphrey had arranged for song sheets to be distributed the audience was able to join in with us...which they did with gusto. The afternoon included a wonderful BBQ bravely manned outside under shelters, in the rain!

We have recently welcomed a new player to the group and he has settled in well.

Group report

This is an article published in the Winter 2017 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter...

We are now nearly 2 years old and so you can work out how many books we have made our way through!

Just in the way these things happen, over the past year our booklist has in a rather serendipitous way focussed on books about women (or maybe it was just because this was what the library had available for us! )

We followed the career of the actress Judi Dench, now known as a ‘National Treasure’. Then we read Poisonwood Bible by B Kingsolver, the fictitious yet harrowing trials and tribulations of the wife and daughters of an evangelical Baptist missionary from the USA in the Belgian Congo during the civil uprisings of 1959. This was followed by Singled Out by V Nicholson, which followed the lives of several women who had no option but to remain single after the loss of their menfolk in the First World War. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Sparke was a novel on a similar theme. Some of you may have seen Maggie Smith’s wonderful portrayal of her in the movie.

Still looking at books about women, Too Many Mothers by the actress Roberta Taylor was about early life in a big East End extended family headed by a wonderful matriarch of a grandmother. Then we had Still Alice by Lisa Genova, this was about Alice’s gradual and gruelling decline into Alzheimer's disease. Good Wives? was another of the books about how women manage to adapt to their circumstances. Margaret Forster took as her premise the ‘to obey’ that women, but not men, used to have to promise in the marriage ceremony. She contrasted the very different experiences of Mary Livingstone, wife of David, Fanny Stevenson, wife of Robert Louis, and Jenny Lee, wife of Aneurin Bevan with her own opinions about 'obeying' and an account of her own marriage to Hunter Davies.

One more, the Taming of the Queen, by Philippa Gregory is the story of Katherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry V111. A very interesting book about the plots and intrigue in the court as 'Kateryn' strives to survive and keep her head whilst others around her are losing theirs.

I can’t finish though without mentioning Ruby Wax's Sane New World and her journey in her metamorphose from comedienne and actress to therapist and lecturer on Mindfulness. Maybe all of these books could be looked at through Ms Wax’s mindfulness filter, but I think not!

Of course we have actually managed to read books on other topics, my all-time favourite is the wonderful word pictures in A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines. I guess the group members would all be able to name their favourites. I do thank them for their contributions to the list, for the richness and variety that I have enjoyed despite or even because of the pre-eminence of women in our reading. I thank the group too for their understanding that it is not always possible to include individual’s choices as we are dependent on the availability of the books from Hampshire Library Services.

Finally, this month we are reading about Mr Selfridge, the story of how he founded his shop in Oxford Street, so maybe that is signs of things to come...

Pat Bailey

Group report

This is an article published in the Winter 2017 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter...

We have not managed many visits in the last year because there has been a lack of opportunity to visit plays we want to see. Even the resurgence of the New Theatre Royal has not improved matters as their drama programme consists mainly of single night experimental theatre – not to our taste. The summer tends to have a dearth of productions and we enter the panto season next month.

We have made regular visits to see the National Theatre's productions, beamed into the Odeon at Port Solent, most recently Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch. At our other favourite venue, the "Spring" at Havant, which hosts two excellent amateur drama companies, our most memorable visit was to see a play about a rest home where the inhabitants were struggling to escape the floods, forgotten by the authorities. Some excellent performances from a touring group of professions.

Peter Hill

Group report

This is an article published in the Winter 2017 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter...

It is hard to believe that it is nearly 7 years since I was asked to take over Reading Group 3. At the time I was unsure how it would work out, having never done anything like it before. However I approached the members at that time and proposed that I was quite happy to host the meeting, collect the sets of books and return them to the library and make the tea, and sometimes even make a cake and the group would have to run itself. We began this 'system' in January 2011 and it seems to be working out ok, we are still going and have a full complement of 10 once again. We have had a few changes of membership along the way, a few decided it wasn't for them and unfortunately a couple have passed on, but all in all, it has been a successful venture. The members of the group select books from those available. The person who chooses the book leads the discussion meeting the following month. Some books we all like, there have been a few that none of us have liked but mostly there is a mixed reaction and we are able to enjoy a good discussion. As we all say, Reading Groups are great for discovering books that we would probably never have chosen in the first place. Over the tea and cake we discuss holidays and whatever anyone wishes to share since the previous month.

Long may we continue!!

Pauline Brice