The weather was good for our ten mile walk today. It was cold but there was no rain and in the afternoon there were short periods of sunshine. Some paths were muddy but most of us managed to avoid the deep parts by keeping to the edges or climbing up banks to drier areas. A few trees were in blossom, snowdrops were in flower and bluebells were putting up shoots.
Twenty-seven turned up for the start in Bramley. We headed south on a bridleway that went past Hurst Hill Farm, turned west on a footpath that took us up and over a hill to Thorncombe Street, joined another footpath that led to the road which went past the eastern entrance to Winkworth Arboretum, entered the arboretum and continued to the café where we stopped for refreshment.
After this we crossed the B2130, took the bridleway to Juniper Valley, continued south to Salt Lane, turned left, branched left on Mare Lane, turned right on a track towards The Hurtwood but turned left before this on a footpath and made our way to The White Horse in Hascombe, our stop for lunch.
Our route back to Bramley was via the Greensand Way past Wintershall and Gatestreet Farm to the junction with the bridleway we’d used in the morning. We headed north on this, turned right on a bridleway that went past Birtley House, crossed the A281, joined the Wey South Path and walked north on that back to Bramley.
Map: OS X 145