The day started with drizzle but that didn’t put off the ten people who turned up for today’s fifteen mile walk. The rain ceased an hour into the walk and the sun came out an hour later.
We met at the Crown Court car park in Godalming and set off along the River Wey Navigation towards Guildford. Having passed the Farncombe Boat House we turned right over a bridge to Tannachie and took a bridleway that led to Bramley golf course. Here we branched off on a footpath across the golf course, crossed the A281, walked past the cricket pavilion, joined the Downs Link and followed this to Blackheath where we stopped at the house of one of our ramblers (not on the walk) for refreshment—tea, filter coffee and tasty homemade biscuits.
By now several in the group were too hot so they took the opportunity to shed layers.
Feeling better for the stop we headed north to rejoin the Downs Link and continued on it to meet the North Downs Way at St Martha’s Hill. We turned west, climbed the rest of the hill and stopped at the chapel for lunch. In twenty-five minutes we were ready to move on.
We followed the NDW to Halfpenny Lane and branched off SW on a footpath through Chantry Wood, continued along a ridge overlooking Chilworth and went down a hill towards Manor Farm. Reaching another footpath we headed west, turned south to join another one that ran parallel to East Shalford Lane, passed Shalford Mill and came to the A281. Crossing this we took a bridleway south that went by the entrance to Shalford Water Meadows. We walked through the meadows, crossed the weir and then crossed the canal at St Catherine’s Lock. From here it was a three mile walk back along the towing path to the car park.
There were leaves on most trees now and carpets of bluebells in woods.
Map: OS X 145