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Happy Valley and the Down Scarp

The last Sunday of September greeted us with some very unseasonable cold and windy weather in contrast to summery conditions just a few days earlier.  However this did not deter 18 hardy guys who wrapped up warm for this lovely walk lead by Robert.  We were able to form 3 groups of 6 people spaced  to comply with the latest Government guidelines.  Each group headed off at 15 minute intervals which was sufficient to give adequate spacing between the groups.  Social distancing was observed and respected throughout.

After assembling at the car park at Farthing Down we headed along the ridge before heading down through the outskirts of Old Coulsdon.  Then on down through Happy Valley towards Dean Hill.  Passing through the Surrey national Golf Club and Chaldon and on to Pilgrims Lane which is part of the North Downs Way.  We had our lunch along here on a bank that at least gave us some shelter from the cold wind.  The afternoon stretch provided us with some wonderful view across the Wield and Surrey Hills.  Walking further over open fields and through woodland towards Ditches Lane.  On our way we stopped off for a short while at the historical church of St. Peter and St. Pauls, Chaldon.  Here we viewed the interior which includes a wall painting dating back to around 1200 and wonderful stained glass window.   We arrived back at the windy car park all in good time.  Alas no tea or cakes and unfortunately that is how things are going to be for a while.

Adrian Steel

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