Walking Matters

Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers


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Witley circular

Today saw a change in the weather. It was less hot and less sunny and there were distant rumbles of thunder during our 6½ mile walk this morning. Fortunately, there was no rain.

Thirteen arrived for the walk. We met at the NT car park on Webb Lane in Witley, headed SW across Witley Common, crossed a lane to a bridleway, passed Lake Cottages, joined French Lane, followed this south to the Greensand Way, continued east on the GSW to Brook, crossed the A286, branched left off the GSW to Banacle Common and Parsonage Farm. Here we took a footpath north to Mare Hill, crossed the common to the A286, crossed the road to Witley Common, passed the site of the old visitor centre and arrived back at the car park.

Maps: OS X 145, 133


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Frensham, Spreakley & Tilford

There were 19 on today’s ten mile walk. This was more than the leader expected given it was a hot day. The walk was number 15 from our book Twenty Five Favourite Walks in West Surrey and Sussex.

We set off from the car park by Frensham Great Pond, headed south on a bridleway, crossed a lane near Frensham Hotel, continued on a bridleway to Frensham Manor, turned west on another bridleway towards Dockenfield, turned north uphill on a footpath to another that went NE to Spreakley. From here we walked on footpaths to Shortfield Common recreation ground where we stopped for refreshment in the shade of a tree.

We continued east, crossed the A287, turned along Priory Lane, branched left on a bridleway, joined a byway, turned left on a footpath that passed Meadow End Farm and reached Tilford, our stop for lunch. Our return to Frensham was via Tilhill House, Tilford Millbridge, Tilford Reeds, Pierrepont Home Farm, Frensham Little Pond café and Kings Ridge.

Map: OS X 145


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Blackheath circular

There were 34 on today’s joint walk with the London Blind Rambling Club—23 from G&HR and 11 from the LBRC plus one of their dogs. The weather was good; it was a warm sunny day with a welcome breeze. Paths were dry so we stayed clean. The dog, however, let off her lead when we were clear of roads, went home filthy. She found a pool of stagnant water and something more unpleasant.

Map: OS X 145


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London walk

Parks, flags, squares and circles featured on our 7½ mile walk in London today. We saw red, roses and recycled gasometers.

Most of our walks are in countryside but occasionally we go to London. Our route today started at Waterloo railway station, went over Westminster Bridge, along Parliament Street to King George Street, past the Foreign Office and statue of Robert Clive, over Horse Guards Road, through St James’s Park, across The Mall, through Green Park, past Berkeley Square, over Oxford Street to Manchester Square, past The Wallace Collection, along Marylebone High Street, over Marylebone Road to York Gate and into Regent’s Park where we stopped for lunch in Queen Mary’s Gardens.

After lunch the route went past London Zoo, across Albert Road, eastwards alongside Regent’s Canal, past Camden Lock, Gasholder Park and Camley Street Natural Park, over the canal at Granary Square, through St Pancras International station, over Euston Road to Woburn Place where we caught a bus back to Waterloo station.

The red was the colour of the jackets of the guardsmen lining The Mall for the rehearsal of the Trooping the Colour. The roses were in bloom in Queen Mary’s Gardens. The recycled gasometers were in Gasholder Park.


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Hindhead & Grayswood

The route of today’s walk was the same as the one last Wednesday. There was an obstruction on one of the footpaths again but it was not a bull; it was a tree, probably blown over in the recent storm. We had to crawl underneath it because it had fallen across a footbridge so there was no way round it.

Map: OS X 133


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Witley & Hambledon

Dry paths, sunshine, shade and a gentle breeze contributed to a pleasant five mile walk this morning. One person fell over but her landing, though sudden, was soft.

Twenty-four arrived for the start in the car park near the school (closed for half term) on Church Lane in Witley. We crossed the A283, took a footpath to Great Enton, crossed Hambledon Field, headed south across Buss’s Common, turned east on a footpath to Hambledon Road by Hilltop Farm, crossed the road and took the lane to the church where we stopped for coffee.

We headed back on the Greensand Way, turned right on a footpath just before the A283, walked along the grass verge by the main road, turned right by the railway bridge on a footpath that reached the lane by Sweetwater Pond, turned right and then took the next footpath on the left. This took us under the railway line and back to Witley. Some stopped at the White Hart for refreshment, others went to Squires Garden Centre for lunch.

Map: OS X 133


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Hindhead, Grayswood

There was an unusual obstruction across one of the footpaths on today’s 8½ mile walk—a large bull. He was in a field surrounded by cows and calves. The walk leader spotted him straight away as she climbed the stile into the field. His size, apart from anything else, revealed his gender. She stopped to wait for the rest of the group (13 total) to climb over the stile. By now the adults—cattle and humans—eyed each other. The former, unlike most of the latter, looked unconcerned. The bull appeared docile but, not wishing to put his temperament to the test, and as the animals were close to the stile on the other side of the field, we crossed it well away from them and climbed over a fence to reach the road on the other side.

Near a junction of footpaths after lunch the leader stopped to wait for the back three to catch up. When she turned round to lead the way again she discovered that most of the others had already set off—along the wrong path. The back three were now promoted to the the front.

Map: OS X 133