The most notable feature of today’s eight mile walk, apart from the large turnout (35), was the sunshine. There was lots of it. What a difference that made. The day started cold but once we were out of woods and in sunshine there was a noticeable increase in temperature.
We met at the Lower Puttenham Common car park by The Tarn, headed NE on a minor road to pass The Tarn and then walked alongside it to join a bridleway that went north past General’s Pond. After Long Pond we turned east on a bridleway across Puttenham Common and then veered south to reach the upper car park. We crossed the minor road, continued on a footpath to Lydling Farm, turned right on Hook Lane and walked to Shackleford.
From Shackleford we headed east on Roker’s Lane (bridleway), turned south to join a road at a junction in Norney, turned left and walked on pavement under the A3 to The Squirrel in Hurtmore, our stop for lunch.
After a filling lunch we retraced our steps to Norney, took a footpath near Norney Farm that crossed a field, crossed the Fox Way, crossed another field and came to the lane through Peper Harow. We continued through the hamlet to the road by the side of which was a tall tree, a Wellingtonia. Here we turned right then branched left on a minor road and took a bridleway on the left to Warren Lodge and another minor road, Lombard Street. We turned right and in a short distance turned left on a muddy permissive path through Mitchen Hall Plantation, turned left on a bridleway, then right on another one, turned left at Rodsall Manor, passed Cutt Mill, walked round the SE corner of Cuttmill Pond, headed SW to the road, turned right and walked back to the car park.
Map: OS X 145