The weather forecast had not been encouraging but some hardy souls left Redbridge looking forward to some tracks in the New Forest. The route was on road to Acres Down where we were warmly welcomed at the tea shop by the campsite. There is cake only here but it is generous and good value. If you want ideas for teastops this is the place to come. John left us here with the parting shot that “it will be torrential by two o’clock”. It was mostly tracks now with a good climb up to the Canadian Memorial and a long descent down to Burley through the dense wood that makes up that part of the Forest. We skirted Burley using tracks by the Iron Age Fort and then joined  the abandoned Corkscrew Railway Line. This line had originally been built to join Southampton to Dorchester and took a circuitous route to achieve this end. This took us across Holmesley and finally into Brockenhurst.

We were well looked after in the busy pub but on leaving it was obvious that the weather may be closing in The route back mainly on tracks again took us through Denny Wood and along the road to Lyndhurst and the cycle track towards Ashurst followed by tracks around Buskets Lawn Enclosure. By now the rain had become very persistent and Totton was reached in a proper downpour.

With many thanks to Jim for this imaginative ride. The weather did not dampen our enjoyment of this day out.

Simon

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