It was another cold day and this time with with an overnight frost. However, sunshine and a brisk pace soon warmed us up.
Fourteen arrived for the ten mile walk. We met at the NT car park on Ranmore Common Road, one we rarely use, and headed north on a footpath that went through Ranmore Common. Reaching a bridleway we turned right and passed the youth hostel. Through trees we could see the stately home, Polesden Lacey. We continued on the bridleway (Connicut Lane) and came to Polesden Road. Here we turned right and continued NE on a byway. At the next bridleway we turned right past Bookham Wood and stopped for coffee at a junction with a bridleway on our left. It was a memorable stop because the leaders offered round homemade flapjack and shortbread.
After the break we set off north past Denshire Hill then turned right on another bridleway before Fetcham Downs and headed east past Norbury Park (noting Cherkley Court, once the home of Lord Beaverbrook, to the north of Box Hill) to meet and cross the A24. From here we walked on pavement along the B2209 to Mickleham where we stopped by the pub (The Running Horses) for lunch. Some ate in the pub; the rest sat on benches in the churchyard in sunshine and ate picnics.
After lunch we set off west on a footpath on a minor road by the side of the pub that took us to the A24 then under the railway line to Swanworth Farm. The footpath continued south and joined the Mole Gap Trail. We stayed on the MGT to the North Downs Way, turned west on this and continued back to the car park by Ranmore Common. The views were good even though there was hazy sunshine.
Map: OS X 146