Walk - Everyone Welcome - A Sandy Saunter (13/04/2019) Saturday, 13th April 2019 9:45 AM - 3:30 PM
The Walks are led and guided for between 3 and 5 miles in the morning, with an optional, shorter walk after lunch. The pace is steady and allows time to stop and enjoy the wildlife. Sturdy walking boots and outdoor clothing is recommended.
Meet in good time for a 9.45 start from The Plough Inn, Coldharbour, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6HD (Explorer Map 146: TQ 152441). If travelling north along the A29, go through Ockley and take the first turning on the left (Broomehall Road), before the A29 turns sharp right, and follow the signs to Coldharbour. Park in one of the car parks opposite the pub, or along the road. Coldharbour is in The Surrey Hills (an AONB) and The Plough is a 17th century coaching inn which has its own brewery on the premises: the landlord also runs the village shop next door. The shop/inn will be open at 9.15 for beverages, use of the facilities and to order lunches.
The morning walk is a circular one of less than five miles to the north of Coldharbour around Wotton Common, a heavily wooded area, and goes over Leith Hill (a high point) from which, on a clear day, there are superb views over the Weald and South Downs to the sea. The soil is sandy, so there should be very little mud even after heavy rain, and there are no stiles. There are two steep sections, but most of the walk is comprised of gentle slopes or flat ground.
The afternoon walk is a circular one of less than three miles to the south of Coldharbour which passes through a mix of woods and farmland, and is gently downhill on the way out and gradually uphill as we return. There are about stiles, most of which are well constructed and not too challenging to climb over.
You are welcome to join us for either or both of the walks.
Walk led by John and Penny (01403 254047 or 07989 375111 on the day).