Walks in 2017

January 19th - Around Albury

The weather was kind as the group, led by Jim Robertson, walked from the Drummond Arms, up Water Lane and West under the lee of the North Downs. Clear air and bright sunshine gave outstanding views. From the edge of St Martha's Hill it was down to Waterloo Pond and then across the A248 at Longfrey Farm. Past Lockner Holt, with it's strange bright yellow shutters, on the edge of Blackheath and down again to the Drummond for an excellent lunch.  The map of the walk is here.

February 16th - Hascombe Rings

Timothy Lewis led his intrepid band round Hascombe Hill to the standing stone circle. A sight which was a revelation for some of the walkers.The back through Nore Farm, where some chose a flatter route, up to the tops overlooking the village and back to rejoin the lower team who were taking their ease beside a pond. At the end of the walk, the White Horse being shut for refurbishment, the walkers took themselves to The Sun at Dunsfold, where an excellent lunch was had. The map of the walk is here.

March 16th - Chiddingfold - Furnace Place

Unfortunately Jack Salway, who was scheduled to lead the walk, was incapacitated by a bad cold.  So the group was led, most ably and at a cracking pace, by Nicky, his wife.  The route took the group from the car park at Chiddingfold recreation ground (quite easy to miss if you don't know it) out almost to Grayswood before returning via alpacas, Furnace Place and Langhurst Manor. Lovely scenery and new to many of the walkers.  Although Jack was not there to show us his promised display of Lysichiton americanus (Skunk Cabbage) it was unmissable.  Lunch was taken in the Winterton Arms - excellent with a great range of ales. The map of the walk is here.

April 20th - Shalford and the St Martha's

We started from the car park at The Seahorse pub in Shalford at 10 am and walked via Pewley Down en route to St Martha's. The full walk was around the 5 mile mark, with a fair amount of ups and downs The steepest bit was towards the start, up to the top of Pewley Down, and there was of course the long but fairly gradual haul up to the top of St Martha's. At the end of the walk the group retired to the Seahorse.  The map of our walk is here.

May  18 – Around  Forest  Hill and Ewhurst

Tim  Parkinson  led us  from The  Parrot at Forest  Green on a circuit taking  us at  its  furthest  point to the edge  of  Ewhurst. This  took in  a fine  variety  of field, wood  edge and  woodland  paths, largely flat  but  spiced  up by 18  stiles  which our  walkers  took admirably  in their  stride. The map of our walk is here.

June 15 - Busbridge and Munstead Heath

Alan Betts took the group from Busbridge and up onto Hydon's Heath before returning via Hydestyle and Tuesley. He then kindly entertained walkers to an alfresco lunch. The map is here

July 20 - Isle of Wight

Michael Hartnall had planned to lead the sixth of his annual walks on the Isle of Wight.  There was huge disappointment when the walk had to be cancelled  on the day because a broken down train.

August 17 - Grayshot and Gibbet Hill

The August walk was led by Jim Gallaher.  Leaving the car park at the Wheatsheaf Inn, walkers climbed steadily around the eastern flank of Gibbet Hill before returning via open farmland to the pub and a good lunch.  A map of the walk can be found here

August 17 - Grayshot and Gibbet Hill

The August walk was led by Jim Gallaher.  Leaving the car park at the Wheatsheaf Inn, walkers climbed steadily around the eastern flank of Gibbet Hill before returning via open farmland to the pub and a good lunch.  A map of the walk can be found here

September 14 - Thames Path

Brian Hedger had planned an outing for us.  After taking the train to Putney, a brief walk down the High Street took us down onto the Thames Path.  This provided a flat but scenic and interesting walk to Kew Bridge where tea was taken at the Maids of Honour.  Than a bus back to Richmond station for the train back.

October 19 - Peaslake

Jim Robertson was the October walk leader.  Leaving the village car park, usually packed with cyclists' and walkers; vehicles but empty on this occasion, we headed up onto the higher land to the West of the village for a rolling stroll towards Farley Green and then back for lunch at the Hurtmore Inn. This doesn't take bookings and we were lucky to get a table for 7.  Map of the walk is here.

November16 - Puttenham

Piers Sturney took November walkers for a morning's exercise on Puttenham Common.  After 4.5 miles and some excellent views over the surrounding countryside, the group returned to the Good Intent pub for refreshment and lunch.Map of the walk is here.

December 14 - Christmas Lunch walk

This year's Christmas walk was again led by Peter Voisey.  Leaving the WIthies at Compton he set a good pace out to Hurtmore then back across Hurtmore golf course and a magnificent view down to Eastbury Manor.  An excellent Christmas lunch was enjoyed by a;;.  Link to the walk map is here

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