Twenty-two turned up for today’s nine mile walk undeterred by the weather. After storms on Sunday, heavy rain on Monday and icy conditions yesterday, the light rain of today was pleasant in comparison. All were keen to get outside and walk. Soft mud was preferable to hard slippery surfaces. Today’s temperature of 7°C felt warm after that of −5°C yesterday.
We met in the upper car park by Puttenham Common, headed north to the join the North Downs Way, turned west and followed it to Sands Road by Farnham golf course. Here we turned left, then right at the next road and took a bridleway on the left that went round Crooksbury Hill. We crossed a lane, continued on a bridleway by Stone Hill, turned right on another one and continued to Charleshill where we stopped at The Donkey pub for lunch. The service was quick and the food was good.
Refreshed, and drier, we set off again and headed east on bridleways past Fullbrook Farm, Gatwick and Rodsall Manor. There was brief sunshine as we entered the car park.
Map: OS X 145