This morning’s six mile walk attracted thirty-three people. We met at the car park off the Greensand Way near October Farm and set off along the GSW to Lion’s Mouth. Here we turned north along a track that went over Yagden Hill, joined a bridleway, turned NE and headed for Westbrook where we paused for refreshment.
We continued along the road to Elstead, turned right on the main road, branched SE on a bridleway and followed this along the western border of Elstead Common. Near The Moat we took the boardwalk at the start of the Heath Trail and followed this through Thursley Common back to the main road. Here we joined the GSW and headed back to the car park which was now full.
The Heath Trail on Thursley Common is worth exploring. On a sunny day it is beautiful. We walked parts A, B, C, F, G and H on the map given in the link. Today we passed two photographers hoping to see a Great Grey Shrike, a songbird visiting from Scandinavia. Our group must be a bird-spotter’s nightmare; our noisy approach would scare off any wildlife.
Map: OS X 145