Yesterday hubby and I decided to do a different kind of walk. We have lots of walk books with circular walks locally and have done many of them (multiple times!)
It was a lovely sunny day as we parked the car at our daughters house in Farnham, and headed off to find the North Downs Way path that was next to the train station.
Excited by the prospect of a new route, we were immediately pleased to be walking along a quiet track, shady from the canopy of trees next to the river. We came across a beautiful old farmhouse in an idyllic setting, and mused about living there.
A short bit of road walking, but on very quiet roads and lots of gardens to check out, before reaching some rather large houses opposite a stunning private golf course. Past corn fields, we took a detour off the North Downs Way to visit Seale where we lunched at the pretty tearoom, and refreshed our water bottles.
Up School lane we rejoined our route and carried on through woodland. So many giant foxgloves growing wild. An uphill bit had us working hard at the edge of Puttenham common, but soon we were into the pretty village. Our walk instructions giving us little snippets of information about the old church with its hidden well, discovered in 1979 when a cyprus tree suddenly dropped severel feet into it. The Good Intent pub sign has a picture that we now know is of Oliver Cromwell praying in his tent.
Leaving Puttenham we carry on up the sandy path by the side of Puttenham golf course. The many signs for the 10th Tee making us laugh.. where was the 10th tee? surely...no another arrow..and another about 8 signs until we eventually saw it!
This part of the walk was more familier as we have done it a few times. We crossed under the A3 and saw the cross marking the Pilgrims way, before reaching Watts gallery for a quick cold drink and a comfort break.
Refreshed for the last part which was up a sandy path (horrid underfoot as soft) we decided to carry on towards the river at Guildford rather than take the short cut up a very steep hill that would sap all our energy. It was now nearly six o'clock, we had set out around half past 12..and our legs were tired. Down to the River Wey and heading towards the town centre and the railway station, hubby starts to look at train times. Perfect timing we arrive with minutes to spare and thankfully sit down in the air conditioned carriage. Stopping our recording we see that we have walked just over 24k! Crikey 15 miles!
The train journey was to take 30 minutes, so time to recover before we need to walk the extra k or so back to the car. But, after a while we stop moving. Seems to be a problem. Then we start again and 10 minutes late pull into Aldershot where we stop for good. There is a fire at Farnham station and no trains are allowed to go there. We go to the bus station and luckily jump straight onto a bus to Farnham which quickly fills up. Unsure of the route we watch eagily, where will we get off?
Yeah! The bus passes right past the bottom of our daughter's road..we have only a two minute walk back to the car😀...
Quite an adventure...a very long walk for us, but a lovely afternoon spent exercising and chatting in the sunshine👍😊xx