In spite of the weather—cold and cloudy with rain likely—nineteen turned up for today’s nine mile walk. Two wore waterproof trousers but, fortunately, their precaution proved unnecessary.
We met in Chinthurst Hill car park off the B2128 and set off over the A248 to Bradstone Brook. From Bradstone Brook we headed north, crossed the playing field of the Royal Grammar School, crossed the railway line, continued along a lane to Manor Farm (derelict), turned right on a bridleway, branched left uphill on a footpath, reached Pilgrims Way, turned east and followed PW to St Martha’s Chapel where we stopped for coffee. Dark clouds moved west; if rain fell it missed us.
We continued east on PW, passed the now capped landfill site (once a sand pit) and crossed the A248. Our crossing of the road was easier than expected because the learner driver of a large lorry from our right stopped for us as did the driver of the leading car on our left. We scuttled across waving thanks in both directions. Continuing east on the Fox Way we reached Shere, our stop for lunch. Seven of us ate in Ye Old Sandwich Shoppe (well worth a visit).
After lunch we followed the FW to Broomfields, walked through Blackheath Forest, passed the war memorial, joined the Downs Link and continued on this back to the car park.
Map: OS X 145