The turnout (26) for this morning’s six mile walk was higher than expected given the weather—cold, grey and damp. Drizzle started just before we set off. The leader cheerfully told us at the start that not all the paths would be muddy.
We met in the layby off the A246 by Cranmore School and headed north on a footpath that went past the school, turned east across a soggy field and reached the A246 opposite a church. Our leader drew our attention to West Horsley Place. The owner had died two years ago and Bamber Gascoigne, to his surprise, had inherited it.
Having crossed the A246 we joined a bridleway and headed south across The Sheepleas, passed Hillside Manor, turned right on a lane, walked downhill to a bridleway on the left, passed Hillside Farm, continued to Woodcote Lodge (where Beatrix Potter once stayed) and turned left on a narrow lane that led to Shere Road. Here we turned right, joined Coombe Lane then turned right on a bridleway that took us back to Woodcote Lodge. At WL we turned left (NW) on a byway, turned right at a junction with another byway, followed this to a permissive route on the right that went by the edge of fields to meet a footpath from Daws Dene. We turned left on the footpath, continued on this to a lane, turned left and reached the A246 at the roundabout near our start.
On a clear day, our leader told us, there are great views towards London. The tall buildings on Canary Wharf are visible.
Map: OS X 145