Light drizzle started as we (28) gathered in the car park by Elstead Moat for this morning’s five mile walk. On went anoraks and rucksack covers. Five minutes later the drizzle stopped and shortly after that off came the rain gear.
We set off round the east side of The Moat, joined a bridleway, headed south, turned right on another bridleway, joined the Greensand Way and followed this to Thursley. Continuing on the GSW to Smallbrook, we then turned right on a footpath (a narrow lane), turned left on a footpath to reach a minor road, turned right on this and then branched left off it on a bridleway that, in a short distance, curved northwards to pass Houndown. After Houndown Bottom we turned left on a lane (the GSW) and walked NE along this pausing briefly to let a coach full of soldiers pass. They disembarked further along the lane near the public car park. Their rifles were fitted with yellow blank-firing adaptors.
Near the Lion’s Mouth we turned east on a bridleway, continued on this to Woolfords Lane where we turned right (south) and then turned left on a footpath that took us back to the car park.
Maps: OS X 145, 133