It was our lucky day. Fifty-one gathered under a cloudless sky at the Manor Inn car park, Godalming (with permission) and set off for a six mile walk in two groups in opposite directions. We arrived back at the car park just as rain started, and we were inside the inn for our booked lunch before the rain became heavy. The service and food were good; by the time we left to go home the rain had stopped and the sun had reappeared.
The leaders did well to cope with the unexpectedly high turn out and to find footpaths that weren’t ankle-deep in mud.
The route took (half of us) north along the towing path of the River Wey Navigation to the bridge of the dismantled railway. Here we turned left and walked along the route of the old railway line until we reached the towing path further north by a pill box (relic of WW2). The leader stopped and offered us jelly babies. I was expecting mince pies so this was a disappointment. Fortunately, the mince pie stop was scheduled half a mile further on.
Continuing south on the towing path we reached Shalford, crossed over the canal, headed for Stone Bridge and the continuation of the path along the disused railway line, the Wey South Path. The other group had already reached the wooden bridge on this and were waiting for us to join them for refreshment—the advertised mince pies. Several people had been selected to bring a supply of them.
Having polished off the mince pies the two groups continued on their separate ways. My group continued along the Wey South Path and turned left then left again over a road bridge to cross the river and walk on a footpath that led to the A281. We crossed this, walked over Gosden Common then past the sewage works, and came a minor road. Here we turned left and reached a footpath on the left just before a bridge. This joined a bridleway that led to Tannachie where we turned right on a track that took us back to the towing path and the garden of the Manor Inn.
Map: OS X 145