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'The Broomway', 1/9/13.
This was the first group walk that this walker has done in this series of recordings, and the reason for that is that it's highly recommended! This is a short walk of around 6 miles, three of which are across the notorious shifting sands of 'The Broomway', so called as the path was originally marked out by brooms. It is this latter section where it is best to use a guide, though it could be done without one with careful attention to the coastline and tide, and with good weather. The walk starts at Churchend's Hertiage Centre, which is a former school, passes the now defunct church and pub, on through the village and then crosses some rather bland agricultural and military land. Three miles later, and the walkers arrive at Asplins Head for the walk across the sands. Three miles later, at Wakering Stairs, a waiting coach transports the group back to the Heritage Centre for tea. Wellington boots are recommended, but it could also be done in walking boots with gaiters, or even barefoot, as some did, though with caution.
Arlesey to Letchworth Garden City, 26/8/17.
This long walk of almost 15 miles on the Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire borders has resulted in a rather lengthy video. And it doesn't even end in Letchworth! No, the walker decided to finish at Ickleford Lavender as the walk beyond Wilbury Hill Fort into the Garden City isn't the most picturesque, though others might disagree; the walker's local knowledge might have influenced the decision. Otherwise, a very pleasant walk straight from the station into meadows bordering the River Hiz. Then, on along field boundaries, past an RAF base, and into Meppershall, with a motte-and-bailey, for lunch. The second half passes the 'Cathedral of the Chilterns', at Shillington, and then onto Pirton, with its motte-and-bailey. The walker then joins the ancient Icknield Way to arrive in Ickleford and the finale at the lavender farm.
Farnham to Godalming. 5/4/11.
A walk of around 13 miles that is dominated by the River Wey at various points; the morning section passes Moor Park House, following the Heritage Trail, then joins the Greensand Way to pass through woods to the lunch time pub at Charleshill. After lunch, it's more sandy bridleways through woods to the estate at Peper Harrow. Then, it's back along the banks of The Wey into Godalming. A lovely walk backed up by plenty of bird song and flowers in abundance.
Guildford to Farnham. 23/10/11.
This 14 mile walk through the Surrey Heathlands is rather special as it was the last one created by Nicholas Albery, author of the first book of 'Time Out Country Walks', and his only one appearing in book 2. Thus, today was given over to the tenth year since his passing and his inspiration... The walker leaves Guildford via The Wey South Path but is soon diverging away inland towards The North Downs Way (this is an optional route to Watts Gallery); passing Loseley Park, the walker continues on by the Chapel/Gallery before passing under the A3 for lunch at Puttenham. Thereafter, the walk continues through some delightful heathland and woodland scenery, with a few lakes thrown in for variety, before rejoining the North Downs Way for the return into Farnham. This fine example of Nick's great work is clearly reflected in the fine walks created by others since his unfortunate passing...a great inspiration.R.I.P. (The Smooth Snake seen in this video is rarely seen outside these sandy Heathlands, so it's a shame that such a rare species is now one less!).
Guildford via Chantries Hill Circular. 1/4/12.
Yet another cracking day of walking! This time about 14 miles in the hinterland of the Surrey town of Guildford and the Surrey Hills AONB. Leaving the station, the walk follows the River Wey Navigation, then, briefly,The North Downs Way before ascending Chantries Hill on the Pilgrim's Way for some fine views and, in season, delightful bluebell woods (just appearing today). Rejoining the North Downs Way, the walker climbs steadily for lunch, and further fine views, at the hilltop church of St Martha's. Thereafter, it's a steady descent into Albury (possible pub lunch here) on The Downs Link path and then on to the sandy heathlands and woods of Blackheath. Soon, the walk follows what appears to be a former railway line beside the River Wey and the walk back into Guildford. A lovely walk of contrasts, aided and abetted by some delightful April weather. Unlike the recent Essex walk, no shortage of water in this part of Surrey! (Still believe the 'mysterious bird' is a Nuthatch, based on its beak and a glimpse of orange flank).
Harlington to Flitwick. 8/7/17
A very nice day's walking of around 15 miles in Central Bedfordshire. Leaving the hilltop village of Harlington, it's up to the Sundon Hills Country Park for some wonderful views over the surrounding plain. Continuing on towards the Neolithic hill fort of Sharpenhoe, lunch is had on a bench dedicated to Gordon Edwards, a Rambler who created this section of the walk. Lunch had, it's on past Sharpenhoe Clappers for further great views and then a steep descent into the plain below. From here, fine views of Barton and Pegsdon Hills can be had before another ascent into the hilltop village of Pulloxhill, which offers delightful views across to the aforementioned hills. Thereafter, it's on across more rolling grassy fields, through Westoning before a short-cut to Flitwick Wood, where a herd of cows at Wood Farm hindered this walker's progress. The wood was eventually reached, and the station not long after, but cattle are becoming increasingly aggressive in this walker's opinion. A fine walk, in glorious weather, albeit slightly harrowing towards the end. Bedfordshire offers some fine walking, rather surprisingly, to this local resident.
Riddlesdown to Coulsdon South.25/11/12.
This is another walk that starts and ends in Zone 6, yet is pleasantly rural, including some suitably muddy stretches! Around 10.5 miles long, the walk crosses Kenley Common and Coulsdon Common, where the recommended lunch time pubs can be found, albeit rather early in the walk. There are some fine views from a short stretch of the North Downs Way before this walker pauses for a later lunch in the pleasant Chaldon church. Thereafter, there's more muddy fields, with fine views of Happy Valley, before arriving at the picturesque Farthing Downs. South Coulsdon, or in this case, Coulsdon Town (a train was cancelled, and the latter station is only 10 minutes further away) station is reached a short while later. Once again, a very pleasant zone 6 walk, ideal when time is at a premium. (Unusually, the church at Chaldon serves tea and cakes during the winter on Sundays between 2.30 and 4, so is ideally positioned for a tea stop. Great home-cooking!).
Seaford to Eastbourne. 28/6/10.
A delightful 13 miles of clifftop walking that incorporates some of the finest views on the South coast; these include the famous Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. Thus, an undulating walk with lots of cliff erosion, so beware. (If you're lucky with the tides, it is possible to walk straight across the Cuckmere River - or stop for a swim - thus removing the need to walk about 3 miles inland via Exceat, where lunch is traditionally taken. The National Trust now run the cafe at Birling Gap.The bird was a Wheatear, not a Stonechat.). Some wind interference.
Sunningdale to Windsor. 16/12/12.
Making use of the new East London Line extension to Clapham, today's walk is around 10 miles from Surrey into Berkshire. Setting out in glorious sunshine, the walker soon leaves the station behind to enter Coworth Park, passing the famous polo fields. Then, it's into Windsor Great Park, via Virginia Water lakes and Valley Gardens. Lunch is had at the Obelisk Pond, though there is a cafe at Savill Gardens nearby. Thereafter, it's up Rhododendron Ride to Cow Pond, and on to the Royal Lodge. Then, passing through gates into the Deer Park, there's a choice of paths for some fine views from the Copper Horse statue, though jet noise is now omni-present! Following The Long Walk, now part of the Three Castles' Path, the walker reaches the gates of Windsor Castle in a downpour; rain hampers filming hereafter. A pleasant enough walk, though a bit suburban and busy for this particular walker's tastes; it is a 'park walk', and that's exactly what you get.
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