Choir walking group

Richmond, blooms and ducks

Twelve choir walkers undertook a delightful outing in Richmond Park on Friday 3 May.  The walk, designed and led by walking group veteran Dick Jones, began at the Tide End Cottage pub by Teddington Lock, where the beer cognoscenti raved about the stunningly fresh, hoppy Exeter beer on offer.  

Then it was off across the lock, with two bridges leading into the suburban semis that mark the approaches to Richmond Park, London’s largest site of special scientific interest and a European special area of conservation. 

The Mandarin ducks of the Isabella Plantation - azaleas reflected behind 

A walk on the woolly side

Twelve walkers departed from the Ye Old Ship in Tatsfield on April 5, heading south towards the ridge of the downs and soon finding themselves on open farmland following the North Downs Way with glorious vistas of the Surrey Weald below. After a stretch through dense and overgrown woodland, they emerged on to the narrow but quiet White Lane.

Martin (from Wales) inspects Surrey sheep

There and back in Tandridge


John Parker, Ralph Osborne and Dave the Navigator were having a quiet pre-amble beer in the Barley Mow, Tandridge when they were delighted to be joined by guest walker Scott Wilson. John had known Scott since they were 19 and Scott was previously Head Choirboy at Southwark Cathedral  He is of course now under serious pressure from many of us to join our merry band.

Five of the Tandridge walkers - photo Mike Pardon

Warlingham, Whyteleafe and the Wattenden 

When Dave the Navigator arrived at the White Lion, Warlingham on 18 February, he found fellow pre-ambling drinker Martin already installed with some of his 2CV club stalwarts enjoying the special Monday beer offer at £2.49 a pint. Soon other walkers arrived, the taller and more experienced of whom  remembered to keep their hats on to soften any impact with the low beams of the ancient pub.

Uphill slog to Kenley Common

Pacem for Donna

The Kingswood Arms, the start for the walk on 25 January 2019, is conveniently located next to Kingswood station and four walkers duly arrived by train for an hour's preparatory refreshment. Those arriving by car quickly boosted numbers to 17 although John Marshall, had to withdraw before starting the walk as beer failed to mollify the effects of too much goose fat on his spuds the previous day. Even so the 16 who actually set off, including walk debutant George Taylor, set a new record for any January walk - and only one short of the all-time record of 17, established in June 2018.

Walkers at start of Banstead Heath

Sun shines on New Year walkers

Once again glorious sunshine greeted the 13 CMVC walkers who gathered at the White Hart Godstone on a chilly New Year morning - 4 January 2019.  A gentle climb past Garston Park afforded stunning views of the North Downs in the low angle of the winter sun. After topping the Greensand Ridge the walkers enjoyed the easier going of the south facing slope along the Greensand Way towards Bletchingley.

Twelve of the Godstone walkers (missing: John Marshall)

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