Walks in 2018
January 18th - Shere, Gomshall and Albury Heath
Timothy Lewis led the first walk of the new year. Having executed some very impressive parking, he took the group up to the ridge between Shere and Gomshall then turned South towards Peaslake. After a mile a Westward track took us towards Brook and Farley Green. Although the weather was windy, the sun shone and the views towards the North Downs were magnificent. Back to Shere, walking round the Manor, and to the White Horse for an excellent lunch. Map of the walk is here.
February 15th - Tilford and Yagden Hill
Walkers met by the Barley Mow pub at Tilford. Having placed orders for lunch they set off across the common and out onto teh MoD land of Hankley Common. A short climb up onto Yagden Hill allowed the group to enjoy the excellent views in the crisp, clear air. A short walk down to the Dragon's Mouth and the eagle-eyed among us soon spotted "The Atlantic Wall". Built in 1943 by Canadian servicemen, this was intended to allow troops to familiarise themselves with obstacles they would find on D Day and practice techniques for overcoming them. On across the Common, eventually joining the track from Frensham Little Pond which led, by the River Wey, back to Tilford. An excellent lunch was enjoyed. The map of the walk is here
March 15th - Shackleford circular
The March walk was led by Tim Parkinson from The Cyder House at Shackleford. during the 5 miles, walkers were pleased to encounter only modest levels of undulation and mud. As always, the Cyder House produced an excellent meal.
April 18th - Shalford to Artington circular
Leaving the Parrot in Shalford behind, walkers were led by Dudley Hilton for a very pleasant walk along the River Wey towpath past St Catherine's chapel and up Ferry Lane. An out and back round the Loseley Estate led once again to the Parrot where an excellent lunch was enjoyed
May 17th – Grayswood
The walk set out from the Wheatsheaf car park, Grayswood heading east. Walkers covered an enjoyable, varied 5.5 miles over farmland, quiet lanes, through woods and past tranquil ponds with an industrial past (Furnace Place). There was only one stile. Parts were muddy and slippy (despite the recent hot weather). The Wheatsheaf provided an excellent lunch.
June 21st - Isle of Wight
Unfortunately this walk had to be cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.
July 12th - Isle of Wight
We were very pleased that Michael Hartnall offered to repeat his June walk in July. Third time lucky. Walkers assembled at the Hovercraft entrance, at the west end of Southsea promenade then took the hovercraft to Ryde where there was time for a leisurely cup of coffee at Ryde Esplanade. An open-top ‘Breezer Bus’to Mersley Down was followed by a short walk to The Garlic Farm where lunch was taken. After lunch there was an attractive walk, over easy going, for about 4 miles before tea. An easy 1 mile walk then to Brading Train Station for a train back to Ryde Esplanade and the hovercraft back to Southsea. A great day out.
August 16th - Hawkley
After the long, hot summer the weather for the August walk was forecast to be rainy and teh numbers walking dropped. Eventually just seven hardy souls set out from the Hawkley Inn. All were wrapped up against the pouring rain which continued for most of the walk. Planned for just under 5 miles, the final walk up into Hawkley Hanger was omitted. The company and an outstanding meal at the Hawkley Inn saved the day.
September 20th - tbc
Our October walk started at Busbridge Church with about a dozen members joining in for our 5 mile hike. After a short foray into Munstead we turned north and followed a dramatic footpath leading all the way down to Catteshall .From there we followed the south bank of the River Wey crossing it after about a mile and then returning to Godalming on the opposite bank. After stopping to review the flood defence work alongside Catteshall Lane we passed through attractive meadow land and ended our walk at Wetherspoon’s pub where the Curry dish of the day was well received.
November15th - tbc
The previous few days had seen very heavy rainfall and so the Leader, Jack Salway, changed to route to a walk along quiet lanes to avoid the muddy paths. We started from Chiddingfold Green and walked along Pockford Lane which turned into Vann Lane. We then turned right into White Beech Lane until the T-junction with High Street Green where we turned right again and walked to stop briefly at a house called Watlands. This was the country home of Sir William Henry Bragg who with his son Lawrence formulated Bragg’s Law and invented X-Ray Crystallography.
December 13th - Christmas Lunch walk
Once again the Christmas walk started at the Withies Pub in Compton at 10.00 am, going through Compton and then up the hill towards Priorsfield School. The superb views on the way were much admired. It was slightly shorter than last year and we returned at noon.
Twenty one of us sat down at a long table in the bar area and enjoyed a pleasant meal.