Today was the warmest day so far this year. There were extra stops on the walk for people to shed layers. By the afternoon some were in shirtsleeves. Those with picnics for lunch sat in the grounds of the castle keep in Guildford and were happy to remain there instead of going in search of shelter. After the walk the leaders provided tea and cake for everyone and we all sat outside in their garden.
There were 30 on the walk. We set off from Blackheath, headed for St Martha’s Hill on the Downs Link and stopped at the top by the chapel for coffee. Last time we were here there was fog so we saw little. Today we could see for miles.
We continued west on the North Downs Way towards Guildford. In Chantries we took a detour to go by the viewpoint from where we could see the spires of Charterhouse. Reaching a road, Pilgrims Way, we left the NDW and headed NW into Guildford where we stopped for lunch. Our return to Blackheath was via Shalford Meadows, Pilgrims Way, a footpath SE then east to Halfpenny Lane, along the new Heritage Trail to Chilworth, past the railway station, south on Sample Oak Lane to a bridleway that went past the war memorial and took us back to the car park.
Map: OS X 145