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GOC Surrey walk report, 28 June 2015

30 Jun 2015 | Surrey Group

Celebrations were the order of this day on this GOC Surrey walk: Ian and Warren celebrated the first anniversary of their wedding day; Ian also celebrated his thirtieth birthday (perhaps not the first thirtieth birthday Ian has celebrated) and  husband Warren had celebrated his birthday last  Friday.  Judy and Alice converted their civil partnership to a marriage this month and marked the event with new sparkling rings  confirming that diamonds are a girl's (or a boy’s) best friend.  Our congratulations to these happy couples.

After all these announcements, 21 of us, plus two dogs, set off up a long climb of the day to reach Marley common followed by Linchmere and Stanley commons complete with grazing belted Galloway cattle.  We didn’t see a lot of sunshine but it was warm and ideal for walking and the few spots of rain were not sufficient to need any raingear.

After lunch we encountered some more woodland paths with dappled shade and walk leader Gordon enjoyed a spot of horse riding on Rubber-Dobbin as you can see  in the pictures – will that man ever grown up?

At the end of the walk we tucked into teas and a selection of fine cakes, thanks to our experts bakers and marketeers:-

Tarte au citron – Rupert

Pear and pecan crumble cake – Alice

Coffee Walnut cake – Justin

Chocolate, fruit and nut fingers – James

Plum and almond cake – Gordon

Rubber-Dob​bin (pic by Sue C)
One of many orchids
Checking the route
Bracket fungus
The Surrey Smile
Looking east towards Blackdown
Belted Galloways chew the cud on Linchmore Common
The view as we stopped for elevenses
irthday boy, Ian always enjoys a bit of cake
Coffee and Walnut
Pear and Pecan
Chocolate fingers
Plum and Almond
Tarte au Citron
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