Choir walking group

Two walks around Caterham and Nutfield

Ten walkers, including new second tenor Brendan Redmond, set out from the King and Queen, Caterham, on 23 February.  Their route led across Westway Common and through the grounds of the former St Lawrence's Hospital, then turned right along Green Lane. As they reached the former Caterham Barracks site, Navigator Dave pointed out Elizabeth Court Care Home, where walkers had previously serenaded his mum and other residents. 

Crossing Kenley aerodrome 

Ascending Croydon's peaks

Ten walkers gathered at Coombe Lodge on January 29 and set off southwards down Conduit Lane. The group crossed Croham Valley Road, passed Croham Hurst Golf Club, the venue of a recent choir concert, and ascended onto the Croham Hurst summit.

The Croydon mountaineers

Local expert Neil Pontin helped explain the unique geology and indicated a naturally formed concrete outcrop hidden in the undergrowth before leading the group downhill to a short road section towards Littleheath.

Braving the January mud

A record-equalling 16 walkers, including four partners, left the White Lion on January 12 2018 and headed south along Limpsfield Road. The group turned into Blanchman's Farm Nature Reserve and encountered the first of the notorious Warlingham mud and wetland.

The magnificent sixteen

After emerging near the top of Bug Hill we headed down a steep woodland path, steadying ourselves by grasping convenient trees, until we reached Plantation Lane, the track which contours above Woldingham Golf Course in the Halliloo Valley. The watery wintery sunlight helped us enjoy the views across the valley and up to Nore Hill, reviving memories of previous walks. 

A walk on the wild side

Only the hardiest choir walkers arrived at the Fleeting Brook in Caterham on December 11, ready for a noon start. Heavy snow had been falling for a couple of hours, and was forecast to continue.  Phil Willis and Dave the Navigator had walked from Caterham Valley while others braved the slippery roads by car or bus.

The valiant six

Walking through Narnia

Seven walkers who gathered at the Kingswood Arms ready for a 12.30 start on November 27 were disappointed to learn that dinner was off the pub menu.  Over 100 golfers had already eaten breakfast there ahead of a charity day at the nearby club and were due to return and exhaust the kitchen's capacity before nightfall.  Undaunted, the group adopted Plan B, namely to drive back to the Rambler’s Rest halfway stop after the walk.

The wardrobe.....

A tale of three pubs 

Our late autumn walk from the Old Bell in Oxted on Monday November 6 was preceded by fevered negotiations with a miserable Mine Host, who had to be persuaded to accept a booking for a dozen or so diners in his deserted pub at 5pm. Fortunately former landlord Martin Perkins gave him the guvnors’ masonic handshake and clinched a deal.

Enjoying the late autumn weather

The most excited walker during the negotiations was Phil's German Shepherd Suki, who was trying to herd the group together and get us started. She persuaded us to head off westwards along a short stretch of the A25 then turn into the manicured grassland of Tandridge Golf Club.

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