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GOC Surrey walk 28 Apr 2019, Hankley Common, Elstead and Thursley

James led this lovely walk over wonderful undulating and sandy heath land.  Although the sun was missing for much of the day the weather was kind to the 14 walkers and one dog who joined us.  Early in the walk we were able to explore the remains of “The Atlantic Wall” built in 1943.  This area of the common is known as the 'Lion's Mouth' where Canadian troops built a replica of a section of the Atlantic Wall.  It is constructed from reinforced concrete and was used as a major training aid for the D-Day landings.  Here troops develop and practice techniques used to breach the defences of the French coast.  We also came across fields with swathes of pink flowers (Erodiums we think).

Some areas of the common were very flat and waterlogged , but provided a perfect environment of bog plants.   Crossing this area on boarded walks the marsh plants were easily seen without getting your boots wet!  Conditions underfoot were very good so at the end our boots were bone dry although covered in dust from the sand.

We concluded the walk with teas and a positive surfeit of fine cakes. Thanks to our master bakers and marketeers Roger, Justin, Robert, Richard, James and Gordon.

Thank you to James for leading this walk.  Also Gordon for the photos and to Gordon for submitting this report on behalf of Adrian and Richard

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