The leaders of this morning’s 6½ mile walk warned us in their description, submitted four months ago, that there might be mud on some footpaths. There was no chance of that today. Lack of rain for weeks meant paths were dry and dusty.
Twenty-three arrived for the start in the car park by Shere recreation ground. We headed east from the village, passed under the railway bridge in Gomshall, turned right on a footpath after Wonham Way, headed SE, crossed Felday Road and continued to a bridleway that took us to Sutton Abinger. Here we turned right on a lane that went past the Volunteer pub (currently closed for refurbishment), turned right on Horsham Road (B2126) and then took the next footpath on the left. At the top of the hill we stopped for refreshment. Two birds of prey circled overhead; one was a buzzard the other was a red kite.
We continued SW on the footpath, turned right on a lane near Hoe Farm, crossed the road (that led south to Peaslake) and took a footpath to Jesses Lane then Lawbrook Lane. There were several stiles on this section that tested the flexibility of one’s joints. Those with joints that had seen better days struggled.
While waiting in line for the challenge, one person remembered an incident on a coach walk a few years ago. The walkers had had to climb over a gate and she, to her embarrassment, had got stuck on top. The coach driver (young, male and strong) was standing nearby. She said to him: ‘Jason, I don’t care where you put your hands, just get me off this gate.’
We reached Hound House Road, passed Cottrells Farm, turned left on a footpath by Drydown Farm, turned right on a byway (Ponds Lane), crossed the railway line, walked through Shere Heath, joined the Fox Way and followed this back to Shere.
No ramblers were harmed in the course of the walk.
Maps: OS X 145, 146