Observation was not our strong point today. (It rarely is.) Thirty-two set out from the NT car park at Hindhead for the nine mile walk and in less than an hour the back half had got lost. It was a grey day, we walked through woods and there was so much chat that the front group failed to notice that those behind had disappeared, and the back group failed to spot the left turn the others had taken, and carried on downhill. Mobile phones were more useful than whistles.
Shortly after the group was reunited there was a message passed down the line that someone had lost his hat. Had anyone seen it? No one had. Then it was spotted—still on the owner’s head.
Just before 11 am we reached the top of Sugar Loaf Hill and stopped. A member of the group produced his bugle and played the Last Post. After this we remained silent for two minutes before continuing on to the coffee break.
The route was east to Gibbet Hill, north on a byway to Little Cowdrey Farm, west past Ridgeway Farm, south over Highcombe Copse past the Roberstons’ Memorial, then SW through Golden Valley to Grayshott where we stopped for lunch.
After lunch we headed east, crossed the A333 by a roundabout, crossed the A3 by Miss James’ Bridge, walked through Nutcombe Valley, crossed the A287, walked through Polecat Valley, joined the Greensand Way and continued on it until we branched off to return to the car park.
We were noticeably more attentive after the morning’s separation. People stopped at junctions and checked to see who was behind.
Map: OS X 133