The Lipchis Way, a long distance path from Liphook Station to Chichester, had its inauguration in May 1985. Devised by David and Margaret Clark, who were founding members of the Liphook & District Ramblers, the walk has been on their programme most years since then. This year, 25 years after its inauguration, was no exception. In 1985 the walk was scheduled to start at 08.00 and finish between 19.30 and 21.00. However in 2010, the walk still started at 08.00 but was completed by 17.00. Obviously it was a more leisurely walk in the early years, or does it mean that 25 years on we now know the way! Of the 38 people who completed the inaugural walk, one lady, Janet Marr, was there to complete the Anniversary Walk.
Initially the walk took us through lovely woodland to Older Hill. After a refreshment stop to take in the view, we walked quickly on towards Midhurst, via Stedham Mill.
At Midhurst we had another refreshment stop by the pond to keep energy levels up but before long we are on our way again this time tackling the dreaded climb up Heyshott Down to the South Downs Way. No more stops allowed until we are at the top when we can break for a quick sandwich. Next leg of the journey takes us through West Dean woodland, across Levin Down to Singleton. As it has been downhill into Singleton, it is uphill out of Singleton to the Trundle at Goodwood. At least at this point, we can see the Cathedral spire of Chichester, but not for long, as soon we are heading downhill again towards Lavant. At Lavant, time for another much needed energy bar and the final slog into Chichester. Although on the level at this point, the going is hard as the last couple of miles are on pavements and of course we are tired. Before long though, we can see the Festival Theatre and the car park beyond. The Lipchis Way is finished for another year.