Thirty arrived for today’s seven mile walk which surprised the leader given the cold, damp, gloomy weather and the £1.50 charge for the car park. Rain was forecast but not until the evening so this might have encouraged people to join the walk. In spite of the recent rain, the paths on the route were not that muddy.
We met at Meadrow car park just outside Godalming and headed SE on Catteshall Lane to join the River Wey Navigation towing path. Here we turned NE, crossed over the bridge to Tannachie, turned SW towards Catteshall and took the bridleway to Barrett’s Rough. We crossed Munstead Heath Road, continued ahead on a footpath and then turned right on a bridleway that took us to Busbridge church where we stopped for coffee.
After this we walked along Hambledon Road, turned right on Home Farm Road and turned left on the bridleway to Busbridge Lakes. The bridge between the lakes has been removed and the bridleway there remains closed. The six month closure order has been extended for another twelve months. It is a popular route; holes have now been cut in the wire barriers blocking access to the closed section so it is possible to cross.
From here we continued on the footpath by the second lake and then made our way to Godalming High Street via Minster Field, Ashstead Lane, Godalming College, Holloway Hill, Butts Lane and the pelican crossing on Flambard Way. After lunch we walked the mile back to the car park along the towing path.