Cold, wet conditions with the likelihood of more rain were not enough to prevent twelve people from joining the two leaders on today’s 4½ mile walk.
We met at Thursley recreation ground (as did another group so the parking was a bit of a squash) and set off on a footpath that took us to Smallbrook where we joined the Greensand Way. We followed this east towards the A3 and crossed the dual carriageway by the underpass. Here we paused for the leaders to give us a brief account of the history of the underpass. It was opened in 2008; our group of the Ramblers was involved in the campaign for its construction. Before it was built, walkers had to wait for a gap in traffic on the road if they wished to continue on the GSW.
We continued on the GSW to French Lane where we branched off left towards French Hill. Here we turned left on a bridleway that went past Cosford Mill and Millhanger. Reaching the A3 again we crossed this by a bridge, entered Thursley Common, turned left and continued on a bridleway and paths to reach the recreation car park.
By now we had more or less dried out from the heavy shower of rain that fell shortly after the start of the walk.
Map: OS X 133