Choir walking group

WALKERS KEEP ON WALKING 

The choir walking group met three times in the autumn.  In October a select pair (Roger Lee, Peter Gillman) did a delightful linear walk from Botley Farm to Crockham Hill, enjoying warm autumn sunshine.

Choir walkers near West Wickham in December

In November the same pair, plus Dick Jones and Jon Evans, undertook  a five-mile circular walk from Downe, passing through Berry's Green and Luxted before skirting the Charles Darwin house on the return to Downe.  Once again the group had delightful weather.

And in December a new grouping - Messrs Evans, Gillman and Jones plus Chris Beckley and Trevor Watkins - walked from Hayes station to Eden Park station via Coney Hall, West Wickham parish church, and Springpark Woods.

The walking group has proved a splendid addition to the choir's excellent social activities and has also been instrumental in attracting at least one new member to the choir.

The Botley two: Roger and Peter, keeping the spirit alive

SEPTEMBER SIZZLER FOR WALKERS

The choir walking group made a challenging circular walk of almost five miles in Kent on September 5, with temperatures in the 80s and substantial ascents and descents.

The walkers make the initial climb out of Westerham

The walk began at the Grasshopper pub in Westerham, heading south across hilly fields and then skirting woodland to reach French Street. Next port of call was Chartwell, former home of Winston Churchill, where the group paused for a breather.

 

SURREY SUMMER DELIGHT

A select group of five members enjoyed a delightful high-summer walk on August 6, starting and ending in South Godstone and savouring the fields, woodland and landscape of the Surrey weald in between.   The five departed from the Fox & Hounds at 10.45 and ended there three hours later.  Some parts of the route required path-clearance to remove brambles and nettles, and there was a steep uphill section to reach the Greensands Way which runs along the crest of the downs east of Bletchingley. 

The walk was conducted at the customary relaxed pace, with ample stops to savour the views. Lunch at the Fox & Hounds proved to come in generous portions and the Greene King beer was particularly appreciated. The five walkers were Peter Gillman, Jon Evans and Barry O'Gorman (basses), Dick Jones and Trevor Watkins (second tenors). There were no top tenors or baritones.

The choir five pose near South Park Farm, approaching mid-point of the walk

WALKING GROUP MAKES RECORD RETURN

The CMVC walking group marked its return to action with a record eight members taking part in a circular walk in Surrey on July 2, starting and ending at Chelsham Common.

Ralph, Dick and Barry forge a route through the long grass

 

The four-mile walk, under a cloudy sky, took the group through a mix of woodland and open fields.  In a number of places, where the footpaths were overgrown, the walkers had to establish the route.  There were also numerous stiles to surmount.

 

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN WALK AGAIN

The Choir walking group turned out again on Tuesday, August 28, with seven members undertaking a five-mile circular walk on to the North Downs from Woldingham.  The group continued its run of good luck with the weather, enjoying both blue skies and spectacular views into the Weald land beyond the North Downs.

Wooded section of walk approaching North Downs Way

 

 

RECORD TURN-OUT FOR WALKING GROUP

The Choir walking group undertook its third outing on Tuesday, June 19.  It followed a delightful four-mile linear route from Coulsdon South station to the Fox at Coulsdon Common.

The ascent at Farthing Down

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