Conditions were good for the two walks today. The lack of recent rain and the sandy terrain meant that paths were dry. Fallen leaves crunched under foot.
Nineteen arrived for the morning 5½ mile walk. Ten left at the end, nine had a picnic in the car park and two more arrived for the afternoon’s four mile walk.
We met at Puttenham Common lower car park and set off round the SW side of The Tarn to the footpath between The Tarn and Warren Pond. This joined a bridleway where we turned left and headed north past General’s Pond and Long Pond to the North Downs Way. The general, our knowledgeable leader informed us, was General James Oglethorpe; he was born in Godalming and became the founder of the colony of Georgia.
We headed west on the NDW and continued on it to reach a permissive path that led south to Binton Wood. We stayed on the permissive path, crossed Littleworth Road, passed Culver’s Well, crossed Seale Road, entered Britty Wood, walked through this to reach Littleworth Road again, crossed over this by a car park and continued on a footpath that took us back to our car park.
In the afternoon we followed the same route round The Tarn but then headed NE across Puttenham Common to reach Puttenham Common upper car park. We crossed the road at the entrance to the car park and took the footpath that headed to Lydling Farm. At Hook Lane we turned right and then right again on the byway that led to Mitchen Hall Plantation. We turned right at a junction with a bridleway and continued on the bridleway to Gatwick. At the road, Lombard Street, we turned right then took a bridleway on the right that led to Cuttmill Pond. We walked round the north side of the pond, reached a minor road, turned left and were soon back at the car park.
The route of the morning walk was Walk 5 in Farnham Ramblers’ collection of 50 circular walks
Map: OS X 133