Choir walking group

AUTUMN CIRCUIT FOR WALKERS 

The choir’s walkers enjoyed a relaxing five-mile circuit from Godstone on October 1. They started and finished at the Bell in Godstone and stopped en route at the Barley Mow in Tandridge. In between they crossed a mix of countryside, including farmland, pasturage, woods and parkland.

Farmland near start of walk

CHOIR WALKERS BACK ON TRACK 

The CMVC walking group was back in action on Tuesday August 26 with a challenging circuit of more than five miles from the White Hart pub in Chipstead. Seven choir members spent three and a half hours walking through and over the North Downs in drizzly weather that did nothing to dampen their spirits.

The choir seven pose at their refreshment halt at Well House Inn (photo Trevor Watkins)

The walkers traversed a variety of landscapes, from woodland and meadows to grazing fields and horse paddocks. There were several stiff climbs and subsequent drops as they encountered the ridges and valleys of the Downs. They also steered a path among the manicured greens and bunkers of the Surrey Downs golf club.

 

CHOIR WALKER CLIMBS TWO MUNROS

Choir walking group member Peter Gillman climbed two Munros at Easter.  The Munros were Geal-Charn and A'Mharcoinach in the Drumochter Hills. The total ascent was 750 metres and the walk took Peter - a member of the bass section -  and his son Seth six hours.

Peter celebrates on summit of Geal-Charn

The climb marked Peter's return to the Scottish hills following an accident in October 2012, when he ruptured his right quadriceps tendon.  Following his operation at the Princess Royal Hospital, Farnborough, Peter spent three months in plaster and then on crutches.

"I set myself the motivational target of climbing a Munro," Peter says.  "In the event Seth and I did two.  It was a fabulous day, one of the best."

The Munros are Scottish mountains more than 3000ft (914ms) high.  There are 283 of them and Peter finished climbing them in 2010. Peter is 72.

The choir walking group will be undertaking a low-level outing near Croydon soon.

Seth Gillman approaches summit of A'Mharcoinach

IT'S DONE!  WANDLE TRAIL COMPLETED 

The walking group took advantage of a day of fine weather to complete its walk of the Wandle Trail. Having covered the southern half last month, it tackled the northern stretch from Wandsworth to Mitcham on Tuesday February 18.

Near journey's end: Messrs Lee, Watkins, Mouat, Evans and Jones put their feet up at Riverside pub

WALKING GROUP BEN NEVIS MEET

The choir walking group, in the shape of choir bass Peter Gillman, walked to the foot of the North Face of Ben Nevis on Tuesday February 4.

Peter sends greetings from a wintry Ben Nevis

WALKERS HIT THE WANDLE TRAIL

The choir's hard-core walkers covered a substantial section of the Wandle Trail on January 20, starting in Mitcham and finishing at the trusty Royal Standard in central Croydon.

The intrepid four beside Wandle near Mitcham. L to r: Dick Jones, Steve Lloyd, Peter Gillman, Roger Lee.

The walk followed the course of the River Wandle for six miles.  It started in Poulter Park and went through Watercress Park, Dale Park, Beddington Park and Waddon Ponds park before hitting Waddon Road and the final stretch to the Standard, where our host Martin Perkins oversaw proceedings.

 

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