A 10 mile local walk

This is the first blog post for three weeks and it’s of a 10.3 mile local walk that took three and a half hours. Mainly woodland paths, I discovered some new areas to explore further. It was a good warm-up for some long Autumnal walks including, hopefully, some legs of the Solent Way walk I began last year.

I’m uncomfortable around dogs and so a pack of 6 largish dogs forced me to hold back whilst they disappeared into the distance. A few minutes later a pack of 10 small dogs appeared some distance away. I was less concerned by them but they caused me to wonder what might have happened had the 6 largish dogs come across the 10 smaller ones!

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Today, 8.2 miles

A deviation from the normal route took me along narrow and overgrown paths. A minor head injury from an overhanging branch was a consequence of my concentrating on beating the overgrown plants blocking the path. Incredibly I came across a prefab being used by a small car-maintenance business, and a rather pleasant church. Finally, just a couple of miles from home, I came across an attractive new area for exploring.

[Reminder to self for the next time: take an OS paper map – it’s all very well using the OS phone app to find one’s way (isn’t it brilliant!), but I’d be stuck if the phone failed or the battery died!]

A foggy, Autumn day

Yesterday, on a lovely, sunny day, I drove along a country lane from Headley towards Leatherhead and saw this amazing display of Autumn colours. Today I was determined to have another look and so I took a driver with me so I could capture the scenery. Well it turned out to be a foggy day, but with some help from Photoshop, the pictures taken through the car windscreen have captured some of the beauty.

By the time we had arrived at Polesden Lacey, our coffee-break destination, the fog was more obvious and the resulting pictures look better in black and white. And gosh, wasn’t it cold!

I took them – I hate them


I’ve made this mistake this before – a walk along the Wey Navigation, expecting the Autumn colours and a sunny day and being disappointed that neither was (were?) present. And I underexposed the images to protect what little there was in the sky, and I just can’t get Photoshop to make me happy with the results. On top of that the riverside pub charged me £3.95 for a coffee with hot milk. I’ve no idea what the dog was hoping for with its pleading eyes – it obviously didn’t know I’m not a dog lover.

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Ripley, Surrey

There aren’t many lakes around here, but I saw one on the map near Ripley. You can walk all the way round but I just went half-way round before diverting to a path through fields and on to the River Wey Navigation. A short walk to the Seven Stars pub for a glass of wine and a bacon & Brie sandwich. An interesting sandwich – not sure if the salad (lettuce, rocket, cucumber, apple, pepper, tomato, celery) was sufficiently healthy to overcome the unhealthiness of the bacon & Brie!

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Dorking, Westcott & Surrey Hills

As well as wanting a walk, I wanted to see how I got on with lugging my DSLR around again and to see how the images compared with the iPhone. An 8 mile walk convinced me that the DSLR is just a weight I could do without (at my age). I also took iPhone pictures to compare with those of the DSLR. All the images below were taken with the iPhone apart from the first one of the the lethargic (sick?) frog and the second waterfall one (compare the thatched roof with that on the previous iPhone image). All pictures were saved and processed in raw format.

Conclusion? The DSLR will have to go – it’s just too heavy. The iPhone takes goodish images but often with a lot of noise. I need to get a replacement small camera that takes images with the quality of my dead Sony RX100, but at the same time continuing to use the iPhone just because it’s so convenient.
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River Wey walk from Byfleet

Many years ago, when I first walked along the River Wey, I was overwhelmed by the stunning autumn colours, and I was hoping to repeat the experience today. Unfortunately I came too soon and there’s probably another 2 or 3 weeks to go before the trees change colour. But it was a glorious, sunny day so it was still a rewarding walk.

The walk begins by crossing the M25, and for the first 10 minutes the noise is deafening.

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A walk up Box Hill, Dorking

On a lovely, sunny day we took the steep path up Box Hill, which is not something we would normally do, and the gentle path down. It was a popular day for being at the top, with many families and cyclists enjoying the views. The cattle were nothing to be frightened of. I’ve just noticed that in the last photo not only does the animal not have a head but it also has just three legs!

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