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SWC Free Walk 57, 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).
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