Rain started five minutes before we set off on the walk yesterday. Fortunately, five minutes after our departure, it stopped and no more fell. Clouds slowly cleared and by the afternoon we walked in sunshine. Tea and cake at the end of the walk was an extra bonus.
There were fourteen on the walk. Thirteen of us met (with permission) at the St John Ambulance HQ; the other joined us an hour later on the Downs Link. No photograph accompanies this report because the one I took of us sitting on a fallen tree at our coffee break, although correctly exposed and well composed, showed everyone eating; their cheeks were bulging.
We set off along Alford Road past huge glasshouses containing thousands of lettuces and joined the Wey South Path. From this we went via Lion’s Lane (byway) over Knowle Lane to the Downs Link. Heading south on this we passed Baynards Station (now a private residence), turned left (east) on the Sussex Border Path to reach Rudgwick, our stop for lunch.
After lunch we retraced our steps briefly to take a footpath that crossed Cox Green Road and led to Baynards Park Estate, once owned by Alan Bristow (helicopters). A bridleway on the left took us back to the Downs Link. Heading north on this we reached the outskirts of Cranleigh where we turned west across a playing field to reach Knowle Road again. From here we continued west on a footpath across fields to Alford Road and the lettuce glasshouses.
Map: OS X 134