Sixteen people turned up for this morning’s five mile walk. This was remarkable given that heavy rain was forecast.
We met at the recreation ground in Thursley. By the time we were ready to set off the rain had started to ease. It continued for the rest of the morning but as no more than drizzle. Paths were damp but mud was not a problem as the terrain was sandy. Leaves on one footpath were still dry enough to crunch beneath our boots.
From the recreation ground we headed west on a footpath that joined the minor road through Thursley. We turned left on the road then took a footpath on the left that led to Smallbrook and the Greensand Way. Joining the GSW we headed east and continued on it to pass under the A3, walk past Gosford House and reach French Lane. Here we turned left, took the next bridleway on the left, walked past Gosford Mill and Millhanger, crossed the A3 by a bridge and entered Thursley Nature Reserve. After a short loop through the nature reserve we returned to the recreation ground.
By now the rain had almost ceased so we could remove our damp outer clothes and dump them in the boots of our cars without rushing.
Map: OS X 133