It was a warm (once out of the wind) sunny spring day—ideal for our morning 6¾ mile walk. Eighteen arrived for the start at Combe Common recreation ground car park on the west side of Chiddingfold. Another person joined us near the end of the walk. She’d thoughtfully put her clocks forward last night but had missed the vital one in her bedroom.
There were few muddy paths and few boggy areas in fields. Also good to note was the replacement of several stiles with kissing gates.
Daffodils and primroses were everywhere. Wood anemones flowered on banks and in woodland. Skunk cabbage sprouted by the sides of streams. Large lambs in fields stared at us as we walked past. Near Grayswood a group of alpacas in a field came over to inspect us.
We headed west along Combe Lane, turned left on a bridleway to Prestwick Lane, turned left, took a footpath on the left up Pook Hill, turned right on a footpath that crossed fields to Prestwick Lane, turned left on the lane, passed Little Prestwick Farm, turned left on a footpath that went SW to Grayswood, turned left by the sewage works on a bridleway that took us near Imbhams Farm. Here we joined another bridleway that led to Furnace Place. Our leader pointed out the Skunk cabbage (now a prohibited plant) growing by ponds.
Continuing on the bridleway we joined a minor road, turned left, followed it to Killinghurst where we turned left on another lane to West End Farm. Here we turned left on a drive (marked as a footpath), walked uphill to a junction with another footpath, turned right, reached a bridleway, turned right, joined a lane and followed it to Furzefield and a footpath on the left. This took us further along the lane. We turned left and at a right-hand bend took a footpath that went north past Langhurst Manor. At the top of the hill we rejoined the footpath at the top of Pook Hill, stayed on it to pass Langhurst Manor Farm, walked a short distance down a lane and turned left on a footpath that headed east to The Downs. We then turned left on a footpath that took us back to Combe Common.
Map: OS X 133