Given today’s weather forecast a surprisingly high number of people turned up for the figure-of-eight walks. Twenty-one walked in the morning; twenty-five walked in the afternoon after three left and four more arrived. Heavy rain started just as we set off in the morning but lasted less than ten minutes. There was drizzle for about another half hour and then no more rain until the afternoon. By noon there was sunshine warm enough for several of us to sit outside and eat our lunch.
We met at the car park by the NT cafe in Hindhead (which now has free wi-fi). The morning 4.5 mile route was to the north along the ridge of Highcomb Copse, then south to the footpath that passed near the youth hostel, north again to the viewpoint near a byway, then south along the byway and the route of the old A3 back to the cafe.
The 4 mile route after lunch took us to Gibbet Hill where we stopped to admire the view. The new telescope was still in working order although one of the handles had fallen off. From here we went north for a short distance on a footpath that led to Boundless Copse before we turned right (SE) on a footpath towards Hurthill Copse. Near this we turned west to pass the site of The Temple of the Four Winds and then joined a bridleway that took us to the entrance of The Royal School. Here we turned right into NT land and made our way back to the Greensand Way and the cafe.
Footpaths were wet but we encountered little mud. Much of what we squelched through was soggy leaves.
Map: OS X 133