After a cold start, the day turned out to be pleasantly mild and sunny. Footpaths on our five mile walk were dry. Several people had reverted to their summer kit; two wore shorts.
There were 16 on the walk. The leader took us from the car park in Blackheath, past the new cricket pavilion, across Derry’s Hill where we paused to look at St Martha’s Chapel on the North Downs, and on to Littleford Lane. We crossed the road, entered Blackheath again and headed east towards Broomfields. Here we stopped for coffee after struggling through an area where pine trees had recently been felled.
After coffee we headed west then north on a track that took us to Blackheath Lane. Here we turned left on a footpath that passed Postford Farm Cottages and continued to Lockner Lodge. We turned left on the Downs Link and followed this to Blackheath, paused briefly at the war memorial and returned to the car park.
It was a good walk. The leader had an extra treat for us; she and her husband invited us back to their house for drinks and homemade cheese biscuits.
Map: OS 145