There was rain on this morning’s five mile walk and we got wet. However, no one apart from the leader minded. It was a good route with little sticky mud and an interesting section through the grounds of Charterhouse (for which the leader had obtained permission).
Twelve turned up for the walk. This was more than the leader expected given the weather forecast. We all came prepared with waterproof trousers and jackets. I discovered that the small waterproof bag in which I keep my phone was no longer waterproof. Fortunately, it was in another bag inside the supposedly waterproof one so it came to no harm.
We met at The Rickyard (with permission) on Eashing Lane and headed along the road to the footpath that led to Eashing Bridges. We crossed the river (fuller than we’d seen it for a while) and turned right on a bridleway that went past Eashing Copse. Shortly after a junction with footpaths we scrambled up a slope to a footpath near the grounds of Charterhouse and reached a lane, marked as a footpath on the map, that took us to one of the entrances to the school. Our leader used to work there so knew her way around.
We walked across playing fields and came to a cloister where we stopped for refreshment and respite from the rain. After this we continued past buildings on a brief tour and left the grounds near Milton Wood. We joined the path by the River Wey, walked along Borough Road, crossed the river, turned right on a footpath that went through Westbrook to Halfway Lane, and returned to The Rickyard.
By now the rain had stopped so we were able to dump our wet outer clothes in the boots of our cars without becoming more wet.
Map: OS X 145