There was no sunshine today, just clouds and the threat of more rain.
Thirty-six turned up for the morning walk (5 miles). Few intended to stay for the afternoon 4 mile walk; most expected rain by then. However, rain had yet to start by the time they arrived back for lunch. The terrain in the area is sandy so some paths were remarkably dry.
The leader took us from Elstead green by the B3001 over the bridge to a footpath on the right. A notice declared the footpath closed but we continued on it and negotiated the short closed section with ease. We reached a road, turned right and then turned left on a bridleway by Fullbrook Farm. Reaching another road we turned right and branched off on a footpath through Britty Wood. At the top of the hill where there were good views we stopped for coffee.
Suitably refreshed, and windswept, we headed downhill towards The Tarn, crossed a road, continued on a path between The Tarn and Long Pond, turned right to pass Cuttmill and then turned right just before Rodsall Manor on a bridleway that took us to Gatwick. Here we turned right on the road, turned left on a footpath, crossed Broomfields, turned left on a minor road, rejoined the closed footpath but branched right before the closed section on a footpath that went over a boggy field to the B3001. At the road we turned left and walked back to Elstead.
Map: OS X 145