River Wey Navigation (14 miles!)

What a day! A rush to get the first train followed by getting on the wrong second train and having to catch a third train back two stations and finally having to wait for a fourth train to the starting point of my river walk at New Haw. As usual I was pretty unprepared for a long walk, with just a banana and a crunch bar to last what turned out to be a nearly 5 hour, 14 mile walk along the River Wey Navigation to Guildford. It was so hot when there wasn’t shelter from the mid-day sun. Exhausted after walking non-stop for 5 hours (I rarely stop for rests, particularly when I don’t have food), I arrived at Guildford station to find there’s a signal failure on my line to home, so I improvised a return route via Woking and Clapham Junction. What a day!

Technically, I suppose it was theft

Today, a walk to assuage my guilt! Last week I found 3 books in the National Trust’s second-hand bookshop at Polesden Lacey and didn’t pay for them. The card reader wasn’t working and they had no cash to give change. I was told I could pay for them if I exited the grounds and paid at the gift shop. But I wasn’t intending to exit the grounds at the gift shop, so I put the books in my rucksack and continued my walk before finally leaving. My intention was either to make an online donation or to pay on my next visit. Hence today’s walk to the same bookshop, in order to pay my dues. I explained to the volunteer running the shop why I had come, although I put a gloss on it saying that I had forgotten to pay!

It was a grey day for a walk and all the pictures came out drab, even with the help of Photoshop. So just one image, a black & white rendition taken at the edge of some dark woods.

In addition to paying my dues at the bookshop I also found a couple of thin novels. Don’t they have great covers!

A walk from Westhumble

On a lovely day for walking, 8 miles from Westhumble up to the North Downs and down to Polesden Lacey for a sandwich lunch before the return train journey. The second-hand bookshop at Polesden was thankfully open on this visit and came up with 3 books.

Polesden Lacey

It was raining when we set off for Polesden Lacey and it was raining more persistently when we arrived, but after a cake and coffee the rain gave way to sunshine. A walk around the fabulous grounds and a visit to the the second-hand bookshop (it was closed!) and we were ready to leave, just as cars were piling in for the afternoon open-air jazz concert. All pictures were taken with an inferior iPhone camera.

Just another walk

On another 13 mile walk I came across this chalk hole, confirming that the North Downs is very much a chalky landscape. That’s a great tumbledown shed in the background!

I like this signpost

White bushes were everywhere

A typical path through the trees

In an enormous field populated by many sheep, interesting shadows

Slopes make for an interesting image

And near the end, a lovely tree and hedge

13 miles!

I extended my occasional 10-mile walk with an additional loop at roughly half-way, and what a delightful stretch it was. There were plenty of walkers out on a lovely spring-like day and I got chatting to a delightful man as he enjoyed his picnic. A retired headmaster, his walks were more like 3 miles and he seemed quite impressed with the length of my walk. Nice to have met you, David!