Choir walking group

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)

Walkers get happy

It was a bright and chilly morning as nine walkers gathered around the roaring log fire at The Fox on Coulsdon Common on 14 December. They included debutant walker Paul Binge and Roger Parkinson, staging a late arrival after overcoming his navigational challenges in finding the pub.  It proved hard to prise Martin Perkins away from the fire and his pint, but eventually the group prevailed. 

The happy nine

Walking with Hope in their hearts

Nine walkers gathered at The Prince of Wales pub near Morden tram stop on Friday 30 November for a linear walk along the Wandle Trail towards Croydon and Carshalton, where the celebrated Hope pub was their ultimate destination. The Prince of Wales barman arrived to open up at 12 noon but had forgotten his keys, so frustrated preamble drinkers had to wait 15 minutes while he cycled home to retrieve them. There was just time to down a preparatory pint before setting off on a gloriously sunny day, in stark contrast to the rain for days before and forecast for days to follow.

The hopeful walkers crossing still waters (photo: John Parker)

Birthday fun in Whyteleafe

Five walkers gathered outside the Radius Arms in Whyteleafe on a drizzly Sunday morning, November 25, and debated how short we could make the walk as the weather seemed to be closing in. Undeterred, the group soldiered on across Whyteleafe Rec and up some steep muddy steps to the top of Riddlesdown close to Warlingham School.

The five (very superior) walkers (photo: John Parker)

Walkers go back to school

Seven walkers made an early start at 1pm from the White Hart in Chipstead on 29 October as the clocks had gone back the night before. The route led downwards into Chipstead Valley and the Old School House, home of former choir stalwart member Ernest Williams.

Ernest and early walkers outside Schoolhouse

Pub closed, disaster averted

 

Everything looked perfect as pre-ambling drinkers Martin Perkins and Dave Bannister stepped off the bus at 1.15 in glorious sunshine outside the Yew Tree on Reigate Hill on 1 October. Disaster: the pub was shut and no-one answered its phone.  After a brief shot of panic,  the intrepid pair replanned and trudged 20 minutes uphill to the Bridge Hotel.

The thirsty Yew Tree ten - refreshed at the Sportsman

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