An interesting feature of today’s walk was a cavalcade of horses which passed us on a narrow track on their way to the church in Albury for a remembrance service for the horses and mules killed in WW1. Fortunately, we’d reached a field where we branched off the track before they arrived.
The walk started from Shere village car park. There were seventeen on it. We walked past the Dabbling Duck cafe and the William Bray pub and then turned right on a bridleway that led to Shere Heath where we crossed the railway line and continued on the byway (Ponds Lane track). We turned right to Ponds Lane; at the junction with a minor road near a railway bridge we turned left. This road joined Brook Hill where we turned left and then took a footpath on the right that led to Broomfields and into Blackheath Forest.
We then turned north (right) on a track that eventually became Blackheath Lane where we paused to watch the cavalcade before continuing east on a footpath that led past Ford Farm to a lane where we turned left towards Albury Heath and the sports ground. Here we passed the plaque commemorating the start of the D-Day Landing.
Having crossed New Road we took a footpath (SE) and then joined a road to Little London. Just beyond the William IV pub we branched left on a track that led to Park Road and a footpath (part of the Shere Millennium Trail) that took us back to Shere by the allotments.
It was a good walk, a route well worth repeating.
Map: OS Explorer 145