Walking Matters

Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers

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Quiz night

We like walking and we like eating and, judging by the turnout this evening, we like quizzes. About fifty turned up for the event. We started with food (always popular) and then arranged ourselves into groups of six or seven at seven tables ready to answer questions devised by our two quiz masters. Some fortified themselves for the mental exertion with fish & chips followed by large ice cream sundaes; others were abstemious and settled for fewer calories.

There was a good mix of questions (none on football or TV soaps by general demand) all of which had been carefully checked by the setters to ensure that none were ambiguous. However, they did allow half a point for stating that Woking was the landing place of the Martians in HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Those who knew the exact place, Horsell Common, were quick to complain about the generosity.

The first question required a simple Yes or No answer to get our brains in action. The most easterly point in England is in Suffolk. Those at my table struggled. We tried to picture the coastline. More by luck than judgement we got the correct answer.

What five African countries have a coastline on the Mediterranean? Our confidence increased.

What bush cultivated for its dark red acidic fruit was known as fenberry? We agonised over this but eventually wrote down the right answer.

If Mercury, Venus and Earth are numbers one, two and three, what is number six? Several knew there was a mnemonic to remember the order of planets orbiting the sun but none could remember it. We hit on Saturn by chance. There are many mnemonics; a simple one is My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets.

We’ve all seen it, we were told. What was created by Harry Beck in 1931? That floored us.

Who wrote the lyrics and who wrote the music to Land of Hope and Glory? We managed only the composer.

Which Dickens’ novel featured a cricket match between the All-Muggleton team and the Dingley Dell Cricket club? None of us had read Pickwick Papers.

What did Hiram Bingham discover in 1911? We thought the tomb of Tutankhamum (Howard Carter 1922) but when the correct answer was given (Machu Picchu) there was a slapping of heads.

In poker what would a hand with three kings and two sevens be known as? Two ex-poker players at my table knew straightaway.

In the song The Twelve Days of Christmas what are there nine of? We sang (quietly) and reached five easily but our memories failed us beyond that.

In January 2018, Britain’s Rob Cross and Lisa Ashton became world champions in what? None of us were darts enthusiasts.

In the 18th century, Charles Hutton, English mathematician, invented what? We were given a clue: useful for reading maps. No help at my table.

The final question (out of 30) was The ancient Romans called London Londinium; what was Lutetia? We guessed correctly.

It was a good evening. We came away feeling ready for more.


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The Devil’s Punch Bowl

The leader of this morning’s five mile walk changed the route to avoid a muddy footpath. This, she suspected, also shortened the route. She was concerned that some would mind. However, few, if any, mind finishing early. Many mind finishing late.

Seventeen arrived for the start in the NT car park at Hindhead. We headed north along the ridge of Highcombe Copse, descended into the Punch Bowl, eventually joined the Greensand Way and continued on this round the PB back to the car park.

It was a cold sunny morning. The little mud that we encountered was frozen solid.

Map: OS X 133

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Petworth figure of 8

It was a cold, clear, sunny day. Views were good. Mud was frozen after an overnight frost. Twenty-eight arrived for the morning six mile walk. Thirteen stayed for the afternoon 5½ mile walk and another person joined them.

We met in Petworth town car park (fee 20p per hour). The morning route took us east to Byworth, then south to Haslingbourne, west to the A285 and Coultershaw Bridge where we stopped for coffee by the Beam Pump. Our return was via Rotherbridge Farm, part of Hungers Lane and the pavement by the A272.

In the afternoon we walked through Petworth Park to Upperton, continued along the lane to Upperton Common, crossed the south side of the common on a footpath, reached Upperton Road, continued on it to Tillington and headed east back to Petworth.

Maps: OS X 133, 121

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Blackheath circular

This morning’s five mile walk was notable for the good weather, the varied terrain and the lack of mud.

Twenty-one arrived for the start in Blackheath car park. We headed north on the Downs Link, turned east on a footpath by the railway line, passed Postford Farm Cottages, turned south on the track of Blackheath Lane, turned east on a bridleway through Blackheath Forest, continued to Brook, turned south on a footpath by a lane, Brook Hill, reached Farley Heath Road, turned NW, took a bridleway to the Fox Way and continued on this back to the car park.

Map: OS X 145

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Chinthurst Hill & Chantries

The leader of today’s five mile walk was pleased with the weather—mild with little chance of rain—but less pleased with the high turnout—34.

We met in Chinthurst Hill car park and filled it. Later arrivals double-parked but the last four had to park elsewhere. Fortunately, one of them familiar with the area knew of a suitable place. They went off to park and joined the main group ¾ mile into the route.

Paths were muddy and there was one slippery slope. To the leader’s relief no one fell over.

We walked on the Downs Link to Great Tangley Manor Farm, turned left on a bridleway to Tangley Mere, crossed the A248, headed north to Halfpenny Lane and the North Downs Way, turned west on a footpath by Chantries, turned south to pass Manor Farm, walked on East Shalford Lane, crossed the railway line and the A248 at Bradstone Brook, took a footpath to the Downs Link and returned to the car park. The large puddles it contained were now useful; we rinsed mud off our boots.

Map: OS X 145

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Farley Heath & the Greensand Way

The car park was the driest area on this morning’s five mile walk. Twenty-three arrived for the start in the car park in Farley Heath and another joined them on the route. We squelched and splashed our way south to the GSW, continued east to Reynards Hill, turned north through Winterfold Wood, turned west, crossed Winterfold Lane and Ride Lane and returned to the car park.

The day started sunny after storm Georgina yesterday but, by the end of the walk, dark clouds had appeared. An hour later there was a brief hailstorm.

Map: OS X 145

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Witley circular

Strong winds in the night and early morning left fallen trees on roads and railways. Fortunately, the only problems we encountered on our five mile walk were large puddles on some bridleways. We splashed through some and skirted round others. The weather was good; it was cold and sunny.

Twenty-three turned up for the start in the small car park on Lea Coach Road. Two people became car park attendants and directed later arrivals into positions which allowed more cars to squeeze in.

The leader took us east through Witley Common, across the A286, over Mare Hill, south to Parsonage Farm, west on the Greensand Way, north along French Lane, west on a bridleway past The Shrubbery and on to Lea Coach Road and the car park.

Map: OS X 133