Afternoon walk over Velmead Common

Velmead Common an area of heathland

Velmead Common an area of heathland

A friend, two dogs and I, arrived at The Foresters after walking over Long Valley. We were tired, hungry, and looking forward to something to eat and drink. The pub though was full, no dogs.

We decided to return a little later. Rather than hang around outside, we decided to follow the track that led out the back of the pub.

We found we were on Velmead Common, a heathland of pine woodland, heath grassland and bogs.

A sign said Dexter cattle, though we did not see any. Maybe they spend some time here and some time in Long Valley (where we did see Dexter cattle).

Walking through the pine woodland in the shade was very cold. Once we reached open grassland, it was very pleasant walking in the autumn sunshine.

On our return, we found though The Foresters was still very busy, it was not as busy as before. We were able to find a table and the dogs joined us. We could have left the dogs outside, but I do not like leaving them outside as not fair on the dogs.

Velmead Common is an area of heathland near Church Crookham and Fleet, not far from Aldershot.

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