There were 35 on today’s 7½ mile walk. We met in the car park by Rodborough Common and set off en masse which made the backmarker’s job of head counting difficult. She used her trekking pole to herd us through a gate and thus completed the count.
The leader took us west towards Thursley Common, south past Forked Pond, west on a bridleway across Thursley Common and NE to the sculpture of a dragonfly installed last summer. Here we stopped for coffee. After our break we walked past Pudmore Pond on the boardwalk and reached Elstead, our stop for lunch, via the northern side of Ockley Common and a footpath along the edge of fields.
One person recounted at the start of the walk that the group had become familiar with Rodborough Common during the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic in 2001. During this time countryside access was restricted and many public rights of ways were closed. Rodborough Common was one of the first areas for restrictions to be lifted so the group walked often on it.
Map: OS X 145