The sunny and frosty conditions continued. Some of the twenty people who arrived for this morning’s six mile walk wore gaiters. These served little purpose other than to keep legs warm; most of the footpaths were rock hard. Areas in shade had probably not thawed for days.
We met at the NT car park on Webb Lane, Witley. This is now a pay & display car park but free for NT members. We continued on the lane to a path on the left, followed this SW across Witley Common, crossed Lea Coach Road, joined a bridleway and continued south to Lake Cottages near Thursley Lake. We stayed on the bridleway, joined French Lane, turned left, joined the Greensand Way, headed east, crossed the A286, branched left on a bridleway to Banacle Common, turned left on Church Lane and continued to Witley. At the small car park before the church we took a footpath past a pond covered in ice, crossed a minor road and entered the heathland of Mare Hill. We headed north to cross this, joined a track that took us to the A286 near Witley Common Visitor Centre, crossed the road, entered the Common and followed the trail back to the car park.
Maps: OS X 145, 133