Wednesday 16 November 2016 Knucker Hole Dragon

After yesterday’s horrible weather and a day stuck indoors I feel the need to get some HRT- “Have a Ride Therapy” and get out on the bike .

I take it steady , as the roads are damp and there’s lots of leaves on the smaller country roads that my “curvy” route takes me down.

But the sunshine on the last of the Autumn leaves makes up for this, really showing off their glorious colour.

So my chosen destination today is another Witch Way Round location – the Knucker Hole in Lyminster.

You may well ask what is a Knucker hole?  Well so did I!

And according to the wonderful world wide web, it is a bottomless pool with magical water.

And this one once housed a dragon…but more of that later.

The Web also warned that you couldn’t get close to this particular Knucker Hole as it was fenced and wired off, but i decided to give it a go anyway.

I arrived at St Mary Magdalene Church. my research had said the Knucker Hole could be found down a footpath to the north of the church.

The only signpost is a Public Footpath one to the right of the Church, so I head down the lane.

Then through this opening. You can hear the sounds of ducks and other birds coming from behind those trees directly in front…

…but as warned there is no way to get near the Knucker Hole itself.

I like to think that perhaps this is for our own safety, and not someone selfishly keeping the magical water ( that you can just see in the photo below) to themselves!

A little disappointed I decide to visit the church and i’m really pleased I did.

A little to your left as you enter the church is a beautiful glass screen. hit the switch and it is lit up and there you have it – the Dragon of the Knucker Hole and poor old Jack  ( or Jim) who slayed the dragon then died celebrating down the local pub!

And to the left of the screen is “The Slayer Slab”, which allegedly is Jack’s gravestone, brought under cover to protect it.

There are a few other memorials dotted round the church. This one in particular caught my eye.

A close up of sussex flint used to build the wall surrounding the church and graveyard.

Looking at my GPS I hadn’t realised how close to the sea I was, so couldn’t resist riding down to the beach at Littlehampton .

A funked up photo of my bike in front of the Wave stage

I do like to be beside the seaside…

Whilst walking along the beach I realised I had forgotten to include my ( still nameless) Witch in any of the photos at Lyminster- so here she is on the beach!

And here’s one of me next to the funky beach seating!

I’m also really near to Arundel, so call up my friend Gareth to go round and have a cuppa and catch up with him.

As you can see he has a good sense of humour!

Annoyingly I accidentally reset my Rever  app recording and lost my curvy route down details.

But below is my route back. This included a slight detour as there had been an accident resulting in a road closure (I hope no-one was seriously hurt) and a blast up the M23, ensuring that I got home before it turned too dark.

All in all I was out for over 6 hours and had a good days riding:

  • WWR count now up to 4
  • Some therapeutic seaside fresh air and wave action
  • Catch up and cuppa with old friend

Priceless.

 

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11 November 2016 Witch Way Round

My hunt for a new job  continues ( anyone need a great accountant?)  but a big plus point of my current situation is that I can make the most of the Autumn sunshine and nip out for a ride-which is especially welcome today as I’ve been laid up with a really rotten cold the last few days.

I decide to bag myself my first Witch Way Round photos.

What is Witch Way Round you may ask? Well let me tell you, are you sitting comfortably, then I will begin…

I belong to a great Facebook group called Motorbike Women-open funnily enough to ladies that ride motorbikes or ride pillion on motorbikes. Earlier this year they ran a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research called Witch Hunt, where over two days you had to take a photo of you and your bike with a variety of named  witch themed items.

On 31 October a new year long challenge was announced Witch Way Round. The challenge is to take a bike photo at a variety of witch and fairytale themed locations around UK. these are all shown on a map that you get access to once you have registered by paying your £5 entry fee- you also get a wristband and sticker ( us bikers love a sticker!).

Open to any lady rider, just click on the link to ask to join,pay your fiver and you are away. More details also on the website Motorbike women

So unfortunately there are not many of the locations on the map that are in Sussex/Surrey/Kent area, but it just so happens that of the few, one is just down the road, so this is where I head…Cackle Street.

And I’d say it looks like something quite magical was happening when I took this photo too!

I then had to stop a little further down the road at Tylers Lane, Tyler being my surname.

There were a couple of bonus points on offer too – the first  for Witches Lane

 

Ok, I know its silly to have two shots of the same road name, but I like the business of this photo below: Loppy the Bunny wearing her Witches Hunt ribbon; my Spanish witch to the left purchased whilst searching for photos for the Witch Hunt ( youll be seeing ore of her over the next year!) and some of my stickers. I said we liked stickers: Brittany & GB stickers, Motorbike Women and Celtic sisterhood-both great lady rider Facebook groups I belong to, and my Tylerider sticker, designed by Gus, the creative at my last job.

The next bonus point was for Wych Cross.

Now some may consider this a bit of a cheat, and I will go back and see if I can find an actual signpost, but there wasn’t one at the cross roads so this will have to do. to prove I was there!

On my way home I stop off at St Swithun’s Church , East Grinstead to take a photo of what I always believed until recently were the graves of witches burnt at the stake.

Beneath these stones are interred (as it is believed) the ashes of Thomas Dunngate, Anne Tree, and John Forman, who were burned to death in High Street East Grinstead, for adherance to the reformed faith: fideles usque ad mortem: faithful even unto death’.

But they weren’t witches, but Martyrs burnt for their Protestant beliefs.

So a nice hour or so ride out and 3 photos taken for my challenge.

And anyone reading this who’s doing the challenge maybe the map below will help you find those bonus points too!

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And a final question for my readers, I think my purple witch needs a name.If you have any suggestions please click on  “Leave a Comment ” at the top of this post.