There were no dry and dusty paths on this morning’s five mile walk. One inch of rain in the previous 36 hours stopped that. We encountered mud for the first time in weeks. None of it was deep but it was slippery so we went cautiously particularly down slopes. A few slipped but no one fell over.
Twenty-nine arrived for the start of the walk in Chinthurst Hill car park off the B2128. We crossed the road, joined the Downs Link, turned left by Great Tangley Manor Farm (the site of much renovation), reached and crossed the A248 and the railway line, turned left on a minor road, continued ahead on a footpath at a right-hand bend to Halfpenny Lane and headed uphill on a footpath parallel to the road to the North Downs Way. From here we turned SW on a footpath that took us to the viewpoint on Chantries where we stopped for coffee.
We set off again and retraced our steps to continue SW on the footpath to East Shalford, turned left on East Shalford Lane, crossed the railway line, walked across the sports ground, reached the A248 by Bradstone Brook, turned left then crossed the road to a footpath that led to the Downs Link which we followed back to the car park.
The weather was good; it was warm with sunny periods. Rain returned two hours after the end of the walk.
Map: OS X 145