There were good views on yesterday’s five mile morning walk. The day started cool but soon warmed up and became one of the hottest days of the year so far.
There were sixteen on the walk which started from Chinthurst Hill car park by the B2128. We crossed the road and took the Downs Link to Great Tangley Manor Farm where we turned left on a bridleway past Brooks Wood to Tangley Mere and the A248. Having crossed the railway line at the level crossing we turned left on Halfpenny Lane then took a footpath on the left at a right-hand bend. This came to another section of Halfpenny Lane. Passing through a gate on the left we continued uphill on a footpath near the side of the lane and came to a junction with the North Downs Way. Here we turned SW through Chantry Wood, crossed a field by the scout campsite and continued to the viewpoint overlooking Shalford and Chilworth. We stopped here for refreshment and to admire the view.
Reluctant to leave, we eventually resumed the walk. Retracing our steps for a short distance we took a footpath on the right heading SW to East Shalford Lane. Here we turned left, continued to the railway line, crossed this and then took the footpath over the Royal Grammar School sports ground. There was a good view of St Martha’s Chapel from here.
We reached the A248, crossed over, took a footpath heading SW then joined the Downs Link as it went east on the northern side of Chinthurst Hill. This took us back to the car park.
Map: OS X 145