Choir walking group

Choir walkers spring into action

The choir walking group has notched two more outings in the past few weeks, enduring wet spring weather on the first and enjoying balmy sunshine on the second. On 4 April the walkers covered an undulating circuit of five and a half miles from the Tudor Rose in Old Coulsdon.   A descent of New Hill, where Dick Jones exhibited his voluntary clearance work, was followed by an ascent on to Farthing Down Ridge.  The group then traversed Happy Valley to the mid-walk refreshment point at the Fox.

Undulating stretch of 4 April walk


Walking group records tumble - again! 

The choir walkers had another record-breaking outing on March 7 2016, passing one landmark and equalling another in a delightful circuit of five and a half miles from Godstone Green.

The record twelve at the Tandridge Yew - 2000 years old


Walkers set distance record  

The choir walkers set a new distance record on a circular walk from Caterham on 10 February 2016.   The group's record now stands at 6.1 miles, the longest of thirty walks since its first outing four years ago.

Crisp and clear above Caterham



The hard-core choir walkers completed another successful outing on Monday 11 January (2016), this time without incurring any serious injuries.   The walk started at the White Lion in Warlingham and soon encountered boggy ground, the result of heavy rainfall during the previous week.

Walkers pose on Nore Hill summit


The walking group had a challenging outing on 21 December – the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year.  Eight members set out from Godstone Green at 11 a.m. and were provided with illuminating details of the key sights en route by navigator Dave Bannister  In Godstone’s Church Town we saw the church restored by Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, together with the beautiful almshouses and chapel  built to his design next door.


Winter walk midway between Godstone and Bletchingley



The choir walking group has been busy over the past two months, notching three walks in quick succession.   On 30 September eleven walkers set off from the Inn on the Pond in Nutfield in glorious sunshine and passed Spynes Mere lake and the gatehouse to Bletchingley Palace, the home of Anne of Cleves.  Then came the magnificent early Tudor Brewer Street farmhouse followed by the half-time stop at the Red Lion on the Bletchingley ridge.

September sunshine near Nutfield (Photo: Michael Pardon)


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