Today’s five mile walk, for a change, was in the afternoon. Twenty-eight turned up for the start by the village hall in Compton. The weather was cool and sunny; paths were dry.
We headed south on a footpath over Eastbury Park, walked on bridleways by the sides of fields to Binscombe, crossed a lane by a Quaker burial ground and continued through a small wooded area on the edge of a housing estate.
Here the back quarter lost sight of those in front (the wood was dense and dark from thick brambles and yew trees) and strayed from the narrow path onto a minor track which led to the housing estate. They emerged, alone, into sunshine on a grass verge. The rest of the group were nowhere to be seen. The lost group waited for the back marker. Fortunately, the bm realised what had happened and, knowing the area, took the breakaway group on a shortcut to join the others as they came out of the wood. The bm hoped, as proved the case, that the main group was unaware of their temporary absence. If they’d realised that some were missing and had gone back to look for them, they’d have searched in vain and a long delay would have resulted. The back group resumed their place at the end of the line and the walk continued uneventfully after this.
After the wooded area we crossed a minor road, a playing field and the B3000 and entered Loseley Park. We walked on a footpath through this to Stakescorner Road, turned left, reached the North Downs Way, and followed this, west, to Watts Gallery where most of us stopped for refreshment in the tearoom. From here it was a short walk down the road back to our cars.
Map: OS X 145