Saturday 2nd April. Bentley to Alton

On a fine, sunny morning, 16 Polyramblers set out from Bentley station with a spring in our steps. We walked through open farmland and woodland, and carefully crossed the  railway line  just south of Froyle Mill by the river Wey. There were late daffodils, early bluebells, plenty of green shoots and very little mud. We encountered many animals – noisy geese, barking dogs, curious cows, unusual sheep and late lambs. We passed a delightful “chocolate box” cottage in Upper Froyle and arrived at The White Hart in Holybourne for lunch, where service was swift and friendly. Suitably refreshed, we completed the walk to Alton via Neatham Down and were rewarded by the presence at the station of a  fine steam engine, albeit with a “Thomas the Tank Engine style face” .  A lovely Spring day out. Thank you to Mike.