After marking out my walking route on OS Maps site and trying to find suitable accommodation in order that I could spend three whole days on the trail, I was defeated by the lack of suitable accommodation at the right place (and the right price). With a friend I have decided to break the walk up into 3 or 4 sections and treat each stage as a linear walk, using cars and/or buses to travel between home, start and end points on a daily basis. I am also looking at the route maps and aerial views to find historical sites and possible viewpoints for photography, as I plan the route.
This Trig point on Weavers Down will give an overview of Longmoor Camp and the ranges.
I have also been consulting old maps to discover the original locations of some of the sites that are of interest particularly, in this case, the railway lines of the Longmoor Instructional Railway where my Grandfather would have worked in 1907 with the Royal Engineers.
13th September 2015
Today I went out with my camera to to the nearest sites that would be on route. My first stop was at the Whitehill Village Hall which is hidden from view by trees growing on a Bronze Age round barrow, which is one of several in the area.
This is the first prehistoric site on the route that I shall be recording, as well as sites relating to my family history. It is interesting that it does not appear on the 1930 revised OS map (above) where others (on the Ranges) do. It is unusual for these ancient structures to be disturbed and built around so it is possible that its significance was overlooked. My second location was at the junction arrowed on the map above, which is now part of the range road, the railway having long since been dismantled. The images I made are to convey the changes and indicate the past use of these tracks in the forest.
Looking north, the right hand track was part of the Longmoor Railway, the left branch linked Longmoor Instructional Railway with the Alton to Waterloo line via the Bordon Light Railway.
Various trackside remnants and a water filled cutting indicating the course of the railway.
Links to local history sites are found here: http://woolmerforest.org.uk/subjects/about.php
This post on in WeAreOCA caught my eye last week and set me thinking:
My post to this thread:
Thank you for posting this Liz, I am not a poet but a photographer and a walker. My next assignment involves a walk. A walk along the line of which are sites which evoke my family’s history over a period of more than 100 years and has informed the way that I look a particular landscape in the South of England. While the project is still in gestation, the line on the map is already suggesting ways of presenting a narrative.