“THE BLUEBELLS OF IFIELD WOOD” – ONLINE RAMBLETTE 2020 – A SHORT WALK IN THE ANCIENT PARISH OF IFIELD

THE BLUEBELLS OF IFIELD WOOD – ONLINE RAMBLETTE 2020

[A Short Walk in the ancient Parish of Ifield]

 

“ONE WALK A DAY HELPS YOU WORK, REST AND PLAY”

 

“The carpet of bluebells in Bluebell Wood is now stunning – and the fragrance is divine” – Richard W. Symonds – The Ifield Society – April 9 2020

 

Photo by Joe Head – Ifield Wood

 

“ONE WALK A DAY HELPS YOU WORK, REST AND PLAY”

UPDATE: “10 THINGS YOU ARE ALLOWED TO DO OUTSIDE DURING LOCKDOWN”

https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2020/04/19/10-things-you-are-allowed-to-do-outside-during-lockdown/

What are the coronavirus rules on exercise?

“One form of exercise a day – for example a walk, run or cycle – alone or with members of your household”

How many times a day can I exercise?

The government advice stipulates that members of the public can leave the house for “one form of exercise a day”. It puts no time limit on the span of your exercise, but states that those undertaking outdoor exercise must “minimise the time you are out of your home”.

If you have to go outside you should stay more than 2m (6ft) apart from anyone other than members of your own household. This is what’s known as social distancingGovernment guidance urges people to “stay local”, use open spaces near their home and avoid unnecessary travel 

Guidance to police says that the public shouldn’t be sanctioned for “travelling a reasonable distance to exercise” – although no definition has been given

Dogs can be walked as part of a person’s daily exercise

Police have wide-ranging powers to help fight coronavirus by enforcing social distancing measures. But there is an enormous gap between what the government would like people to do and the limits of the law restricting movements

 

THE ROUTE

From the Plough in Ifield Village, head towards St Margaret’s Parish Church and turn right by the front door, through the gate, across the road, and along the footpath [with the pond to the left]:

 

 

Walk straight across the meadow until the bridge is reached over Ifield Brook, Turn left over the bridge and head straight across the field, through the gate and up towards the Druids:

 

Follow footpath through steel gate, with the Druids to the left. Walk straight along along the gravel road until road is reached [Ifield Wood]. Be careful crossing the road and head straight on, over the gate and up the hill. See panoramic views of Gatwick and Crawley. Horses and cows are likely to be in the fields. Some may be curious.

Photo by Melanie King

 

 

 

Photo by Melanie King
Photo by Melanie King

Go over stile and into the Bluebell Wood:

Photo by Emma Louise Bloomfield

 

 

Photo by Melanie King
Photo by Melanie King
Photo by Melanie King

 

Photo by Hayleigh Bowman

 

 

AOL/PA

Photo by Hayleigh Bowman – Hyde Hill Wood – Ifield West

 

Photo by Joe Head – Ifield Wood

 

Photo by Ray Baldry [in Ifield Brook Meadows]
Ramblette 2016
Ramblette 2015
Photo by Roger Humphrey – 12/04/2020
Photo by Roger Humphrey

 

 

At the southern side of the Wood, go through gates and head back down the hill. Keep straight on down, through gate and over bridge until road is reached. Turn left along road passing Rose Cottage. Between the larger houses on the right, see the footpath sign and go over turnstile (muddy).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk along footpath, with the pond to the right. Keep straight on across field until the bridge over the Mole is reached. Go over bridge keeping to the left round the fields. with the Woods to the left. Go round the fields to the right and follow Ifield Brook until the bridge is reached:

 

 

Go over bridge and head straight towards the church, through the churchyard gate by the wall and walk acroos the churchyard with the church on the left. Pass Lychgate Cottages, go through the Lychgate, passing the Old Vicarage on the right, returning to the Plough.