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SWC Free Walk 129, Berwick to Birling Gap, 8/8/13
A wonderful 12 miles of walking across the South Downs, initially along the Wealdway, prior to lunch in either of the pub or the churchyard at Wilmington. After lunch, it's up past the 'Long Man' prior to some great views from up on high. The path passes through Jevington, where a later lunch break is possible. The walk then uses some quieter paths for the descent into East Dean. Hereafter, the scenery changes as the walker approaches the coast to join The South Downs Way into Birling Gap, where tea can be had prior to catching a bus back into Eastbourne. Another great day on the Downs!
SWC Free Walk 131, Guildford to Horsley. 25/6/13.
This 12.4 mile Surrey walk along the North Downs ridge provided another fine day's walking. Setting out from Guildford, the walker is soon walking alongside the River Wey before crossing over it to join the North Downs Way, which is then followed for a good portion of the day. The path ascends through woodland before coming out to open downland for some fine views to the south. Then, it's up to St Martha's-on-the-Hill church for some excellent lunchtime views. After lunch, the walk descends via The Downs Link path to possible pub lunches in Chilworth or Albury, but this walker continued on past a large pond to ascend to the fine view point of Newlands Corner, with its cafe and visitor centre, and associated crowds. There's then a fine section of woodland walking before leaving the North Downs Way to follow narrow field-edge paths and woodland tracks to join the Horsley Jubilee Trail. There are some distant views of London from various stages of this finale. An excellent walk providing some great views and lots of variety. Some sections could be very muddy after rain, and the section near the large pond could well be impassable.
SWC Free Walk 158, Ingatestone to Battlesbridge.12/7/12.
Another longish walk of 15.4 miles through this quieter corner of Essex. Setting out from Ingatestone, the walker is soon passing by the hall there, crossing fields through the Wid valley, and then walking along the banks of the Wid for a short distance. There's some woodland walking before lunch on the village green at Stock, though a pub alternative is available. Thereafter, there's some more pleasant woodland walking before reaching familiar scenery from Free Walk 157. Past Hanningfield Reservoir and its nature reserve (not walked today but this stretch can be viewed on the video of walk 157), the walk enters new territory; mainly walking through fields, the Essex pylons come into view, and are followed down to Runwell. From here, the walker branches east, across more fields, into Battlesbridge. Another lovely jaunt through the Essex countryside, with this walk being less overgrown than Walk 157. (How could I possibly confuse a Yellow Hammer for a Reed Bunting? Must get my eyes tested!!).
SWC Free Walk 43, Whyteleaf Circular. 9/10/11.
Just 30 minutes from London, and still in zone 6, this 13.5 mile walk makes a great day out if you don't want to travel too far, though as a result, you're never too far from 'suburbia'. From Whyteleaf station , the walker is soon climbing to enjoy the views from Riddlesdown; shortly after, there's some woodland walking through King's Wood before lunch at Selsdon Common. Thereafter, it's back through King's Wood before reaching possibly the best views of the day at Halliloo Valley. From here, there's some road walking prior to reaching Whyteleaf South station. Not a bad walk for a location still within the Travel Card zonal system, though a little too urban for this walker's liking. (Some minor wind interference).
SWC Free Walk 90, Berwick to Seaford. 10/5/11.
Around 13 miles of walking through familiar territory, but from a different 'angle'. The 'Long Man of Wilmington' dominates the morning section, which is mainly along the level Weald Way, culminating in lunch from above his head (Windover Hill)! His views are worth the ascent! After lunch, which could equally be taken in the Pub at Wilmington, it's another level section beside The Cuckmere River before ascending High and Over Hill for some dramatic views over the river, the Haven and the Channel beyond. After that, the walk drops down to The Vanguard Way at Exceat Bridge to rejoin The South Downs Way, with its fine views of The Seven Sisters, and the finale into Seaford. A fine walk, with contrasting landscapes and scenery. Highly recommended! ('unknown' bird is a Lesser Whitethroat, I believe).
Time Out Walks, Book 1, Walk 11: Tring to Wendover, Part 2. 25/10/10.
After lunch at All Saints Church, Buckland, the walk continues through Aston Clinton, past an M.O.D airfield, and on to the Wendover Arm Canal (the 'leaky canal' built in 1793, but closed in 1904). Then into Wendover Woods and a climb up Aston Hill, past the 'Cafe in the Wood' and the nearby adventure playground before a descent back into Wendover.
Time Out Walks, Book 1, Walk 12, Farnham to Godalming. 5/4/11.
A walk of around 13 miles that is dominated by the River Wey at various points; the morning section passes Moor Park House, following the Heritage Trail, then joins the Greensand Way to pass through woods to the lunch time pub at Charleshill. After lunch, it's more sandy bridleways through woods to the estate at Peper Harrow. Then, it's back along the banks of The Wey into Godalming. A lovely walk backed up by plenty of bird song and flowers in abundance.
Time Out Walks, Book 1, Walk 44, Witley to Haslemere, Part 1. 28/11/10.
Around nine and a half miles through the delightful Surrey Hills.
Time Out Walks, Book 2, Walk 16, Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway. 23/4/11.
A delightful walk! Just 30 minutes on the train and you're ready to undertake this wonderful 13 miler, mainly following the Greensand Way. The weather, and the aroma produced by the bluebells, helped form my judgement but the scenery would be fantastic at any time of the year. Predominantly woodland walking (helpful on hot, sunny days) there's also some great Southerly views from the Downs, and some classic Wealden meadow walking in the afternoon. Though desert-like conditions underfoot for this walker, this could be a muddy walk in places 'in season'. (Believe the blue flower in this video that I couldn't identify was a Wood Forget-me-Not and, of course, the white flower early on wasn't Anemone but Ramsons).
Time Out Walks: Book 2, Walk 8, Marlow Circular, Part 1. 18/10/10.
A delightful 12 mile walk alongside the Thames, then up into the Chiltern Hills to walk through woods and meadows back to Marlow. Part 1 takes the viewer as far as the lock at Hambleden.
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