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!

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.

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.

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!