Walks in 2019
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 21st - Busbridge circular
A great winter’s day for the walk. We met at Busbridge Church, a hardcore of six people, to do the circular walk of Busbridge. We crossed the busy Brighton Road and walked up hill passed the school into Heath Lane. Following Heath Lane, we came to the water Tower, now a private residence in Munstead Heath Road. Down food paths and bridleways onto Thorncombe Street to the bottom of Winkworth Aboretum. Using the pubic right of way through Winkworth up the steep escarpment to the NT Tea Room for a well earned rest. Crossing Portsmouth road we entered the Juniper Valley, onto Salt Lane and passing Hydon Heath Car Park. Walked along clock Barn Lane emerging onto the drive to Homewood House. Passed Tuesley Fruit Farm on our left, down and up by Busbridge lakes and back to Busbridge.
Lunch: very enjoyable and competently priced , at Piazza Firenze in Godalming. Tired but happy!!
April 18th - River, Rail, Road and Rifles
On Thursday 18 April Michael Hartnall lead the walk from the White Hart pub at Pirbright down to the Basingstoke Canal where we climbed the flight of 9 locks, bordered on one side by the busy railway lines. Leaving our coffee stop, we made our way down to a surprisingly busy minor road which we paralleled before striking off, beside the ranges (no firing so no tin hats required), Stopping at Pirbright Church, Belinda Voisey gave an excellent account of it's history, before we paused by the grave of Henry Morton Stanley, the explorer. A further short walk took us back to the White Hart for an excellent lunch/
May 16th - Around Elstead
On the 16th May Piers lead the monthly walk, on behalf of Jim G, from the Woolpack Elstead. The circular route was approx 6.5 miles and headed north towards the bottom of Puttenham common returning south via Elstead Mill. There were 3 or 4 short stretches of walking on quiet country lanes but otherwise it predominately utilised footpaths and bridleways. There were a couple of stiles en-route but otherwise no other obvious hazards. Great walking weather and a good lunch at the Pub was well received by the walkers.
Dudley Hilton led the walk on Thursday June 20th. Leaving the Manor Inn, walkers took a circular route to Bramley via the Fox Way, returning via Bramley Golf Course, the sewage works (always an interesting olfactory experience!) and the River Wey tow path.
The walk was predominantly along footpaths, bridleways and some pavement, although there are a couple of short stretches on country lanes. The route took us through a wide variety of environments – including sunken lanes, woodland, meadows, riverside tow path and of course the semi-urban village of Bramley – and there were some lovely views along the way. Refreshments were taken half way round in one of the cafés in Bramley (the other was shut)..
Having recced the route on the day, Dudley had decided to avoid muddy patches and the revised route was about 5 and a half miles. There were a couple of steepish climbs (the total height gained was about 400 feet).
After the walk, lunch was enjoyed at the Manor Inn.