There was a long line of ramblers on today’s joint walk with the London Blind Rambling Club—25 G&H, 12 LBRC.
We set off from the car park in Blackheath shortly after a small group of teenagers (heavily laden with huge rucksacks) on a DoE venture and, by chance, took the same route. They paused to consult their directions about a mile later and we caught up. We marched on, slowly, and they became stuck behind us; the path was narrow and there were no suitable passing places. They eventually overtook us near the A248 and continued on along the Downs Link to the North Downs Way which, as it happened, was our route.
When we reached the NDW we met them again; they’d stopped for their lunch. We sat down beside them on the edge of the bridleway for a short break.
We weren’t the only ones on the NDW. It was remarkably busy. There were groups of walkers, groups of cyclists, solitary runners and even a party of smartly dressed people (one of whom wore a kilt) going up the hill to a service in St Martha’s Chapel.
The DoE group moved off before us and we never saw them again. They must have had some peaceful time in the countryside.
Map: OS X 145