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Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers

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Busbridge Lakes bridleway 163

This bridleway was closed two years ago. It is now open to pedestrians and cyclists. A notice has been pinned to both ends: Bridleway open to pedestrians and cyclists. Until further work is carried out it remains closed to equestrian traffic.

However, as the council has removed the barriers which prevented only horses from passing, hoof prints show that horse riders have used it.


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Annual photographic evening

Last night’s event went well. About 50 turned up to watch presentations by five people. One person was late and crept in at the back near the end of the first presentation. He said that his wife was away for the weekend so he’d taken the opportunity to watch the rugby on the telly.

The presenters were allowed fifteen minutes to show their photos. There was a break after the third one for the buffet followed by the raffle. The buffet, brought by members, looked impressive. People tucked in, some as if they hadn’t eaten all day.

The raffle (items donated by members) raised £130. There were six boxes of chocolates in it, three of which were identical. The boxes of eggs were quickly taken as were the bottles of wine. One person who plays bridge was glad to choose two packs of playing cards as her prize. The last item to go was not the CD of songs by Vera Lynn but was the book of G & H R’s walks.

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A confusion of signs

The signs for the new 40mph limit on the A25 from the area between the A248 to Newlands Corner are a mess. The installers have confused repeaters with terminal signs. They’ve used them in the wrong place erecting terminal signs instead of repeaters and vice versa. These signs are not interchangeable. The signs marking the start of the 40mph limit from the national speed limit on the A248 just before its junction with the A25 are still small repeaters (as noted February 19, Shere Circular).

On the A25 towards Newlands Corner are repeaters and terminal signs. In one place there are back to back 40mph terminal signs. No wonder the installers ran out of these signs and had none left to correctly mark the start of the 40 mph limit on the A248.

See Traffic Signs Manual, chapter 3 Regulatory Signs, section 14 Speed Limits.

14.1 Traffic authorities have a duty under section 85 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to erect and maintain prescribed speed limit signs on their roads in accordance with the Secretary of State’s directions; i.e. the signs must be prescribed by and provided in accordance with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 unless they have been specially authorised. Signs that do not strictly follow the Regulations and the Directions (see para 1.4 in respect of Northern Ireland), or have not been specially authorised are not lawfully placed and the speed limit might be unenforceable. To avoid the risk of failed prosecutions, it is of the greatest importance that speed limits be signed lawfully. It is equally important that speed limits be signed clearly and in accordance with this guidance, so that at no time will drivers be in any doubt about the prevailing limit.

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Denis Holmes memorial gate

The weather couldn’t have been better for the official opening of the gate—it was sunny and warm.

At least forty people gathered in sunshine by the gate for the ceremony at 2pm. Some went on the walk in the morning, some joined members of the Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers in The Mill for lunch and others arrived just for the event. The owner of the property next to the gate obtained permission for cars to park in the adjacent field and kindly provided tea and cakes for all after the ceremony.

The footpath from opposite The Mill to Fulbrook Lane was less boggy than usual so those who used it escaped being splashed in mud. The oak gate, installed by five members of the group’s Footpath Working Party on January 19, looked good in the sunshine. The widow of DH who cut the purple ribbon wrapped round it likened it to him: strong, sturdy and reliable.

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Quiz night

There was different exercise for us last night—that for our brains. It was our annual quiz evening. The event was held in a local pub in Godalming, the King’s Head. The organiser booked a meal for the 42 of us and we ordered in advance. As a result we ate more than we needed for our mental workout.

After the food we moved upstairs to a function room where we sat around tables in teams of six or seven. The quiz master took the precaution of having his questions checked independently beforehand to make sure that none were ambiguous. He wanted no argument on the night.

There were 30 questions covering a variety of topics so that all participants were likely to be able to contribute some answers. The first two were anagrams.

Rearrange ‘Many pass undercover’ to form three new words. Clue: ramblers use them a lot.

Rearrange ‘Mean old serpent’ to form someone’s name. Clue: a person associated with the Labour Party.

The retired librarian at my table solved these in seconds. She also knew the title of the Dickens’ novel that featured Coketown and the character Gradgrind but couldn’t remember the time of the train given in the title of a novel by Agatha Christie. That stumped us.

What element is number seven in the Periodic Table? I should have known this.

In what sport did Ed Ling and Steven Scott win medals in the 2016 Olympic games? That defeated us. What is the first African country south of us on the Greenwich Meridian? Our answer of Morocco was wrong. What nine countries border Germany? Between us we managed to find all of them and scored a bonus. What relief agency has the strapline ‘We believe in life before death’? Another incorrect answer from us.

Lady Beatrix Stanley, Gerard Parker and Washfield Warham are all varieties of what? No one knew the answer to this.

In 1911 what did Field Marshall Ferdinand Foch declare were interesting scientific toys but of no military value? We guessed correctly. What links Edale in Derbyshire and Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders? Another correct guess.

There were 40 possible marks. The winning team scored 35; the runners up scored 33.

Ordnance survey maps; Peter Mandelson; Hard Times; 4.50 (from Paddington); nitrogen; shooting; Algeria; Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Netherlands; Christian Aid; snowdrops; aeroplanes; The Pennine Way.

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Waverley Abbey & Moor Park

We had a short walk this morning (four miles) before our annual new year lunch. There were 29 on the walk and 79 at the lunch at Waverley Abbey House, a new venue for us.

Our walk started from WAH. We headed NW on the Greensand Way, joined the North Downs Way, followed this NE, continued SE on a bridleway to a road, turned right then left on Botany Hill, turned off the road onto a bridleway on the right and then branched off this onto a footpath that took us to the top of Crooksbury Hill. Here, a lot warmer than we’d been at the bottom of the hill, we stopped for coffee. Mist hid most of the view south.

After the hill the rest of the walk was easy. We headed downhill to a car park, turned left on a footpath that ran near a road, crossed this opposite a bridleway, followed the bridleway to the B3001, turned right and continued along the road to WAH.

Some of our route followed (in reverse) a short section of this one from Farnham station to Wanborough station.

Our lunch was excellent; the food was very good and the venue was impressive. There was space for us to sit and chat in comfort before and after the meal, and space for us to change our clothes after the walk.

Map: OS X 145