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Choir walking group

Choir walking group

Of slippery slopes and treacherous rabbit holes

Ten walkers left the Caterham Fox on September 18 and headed westwards across Coulsdon Common towards Happy Valley. Much care was needed on the slippery degraded steps down into the valley but all arrived safely. The group traversed the rolling grassland on the far side of the valley and ascended to Leazes Lane. A short walk led to a hidden path down the side of the golf course.

The happy Fox ten

Walkers, please note

Choir members take part in informal local walks once every 3-4 weeks.  These are mostly circular walks of 5-6 miles with a mid-walk refreshment stop, following a route proposed by a navigator.  During British Summer Time they usually start at 2.30pm and finish around six, with a meal at the start/finish pub to follow.  When the clocks revert to GMT, the walks start progressively earlier, starting around midday or 12.30 during the winter.  All choir members are welcome to take part, and they are welcome to invite guests too.   Please note that members and guests take part in the walks as individuals, and so take full personal responsibility for their own safety.  The walkers followed all rules and guidance in respect of gatherings and outdoor activities during the Covid crisis.


Free beer all the way

There was an anxious prelude to the choir walk on August 28, as walkers bound for the start at the newly-reopened Whyte Harte in Bletchingley had to negotiate the traffic gridlock caused by the fete on Godstone Green.  We were still counting them in at the due departure time, but in the end the group of  eleven left only a few minutes later.

En route between pubs

Sunshine outing in Kent

Eight walkers gathered in glorious sunshine at the Aperfield Inn on August 7 before setting off northward on the road towards Biggin Hill. After about half a mile, the group headed over meadows and through Pimlico Wood, then turned left in front of Brickyard Farm. We crossed Jail Lane and encountered a minor undulation in what was promised to be a near-level walk throughout.

The walkers at Downe

Rounds around Woldingham

Seven walkers left the White Lion in Warlingham on July 10 and crossed the Blanchman's Farm Nature Reserve, then turned onto the narrow footpath at the top of Bug Hill. The scenic route down a steep hill on to Woldingham Golf Course was hard going and indistinct through tall grass.

Idyllic landscape overlooking Woldingham golf course

New record in solstice heat

The choir walkers had a splendid summer solstice outing on Monday June 19, starting and finishing a six-mile walk at the appropriately named Ramblers Rest in Chipstead. 

Stepping out in solstice sun

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