The weather on our 7½ mile walk today was warm enough for T shirts and shorts. The terrain in places was not that suitable; nettles and gorse lined some of the paths.
There were eighteen on the walk. We met at the car park on Witley Common on Webb Road and headed SW across the common to reach a bridleway off Lee Coach Road near the junction with the A3. We continued on the bridleway to Lake Cottages, joined French Lane, turned left and took a bridleway on the right that led past Milhanger and reached the A3. Here we crossed the A3 by a bridge and entered Thursley National Nature Reserve.
With skilful navigation our leader took us across the nature reserve to Thursley. Here we crossed the road and took a footpath that rejoined the road as it went downhill. On a right-hand bend we branched off the road on a track that led to Smallbrook and the Greensand Way. Joining the GSW we headed east and passed the church. We branched left off it before it reached the A3 and walked through a field of tall maize. Beyond this was a grassy field where we stopped for lunch and ate our sandwiches in warm sunshine.
After lunch we continued NE to the bridge over the A3, crossed this, turned left on French Lane and walked downhill and eventually joined a bridleway that went near Lake Cottages on the outskirts of Witley Common. We entered the common and made our way NE back to the car park which we reached at 2 pm. Our early arrival home gave us no excuse to do nothing for the rest of the day.
Maps: OS X 145, 133