Sun 16 Oct 05 21 °C
My host in London, Melissa, is part of a group that once a month takes a hike from a book of country walks near London, and I was fortunate enough to be here on the day in October they were scheduled to go.
The destination was Surrey Hills, a rural area southwest of London, and again I lucked out with the weather -- an absolutely magnificent clear October day.
We started out from Effingham Station through very gently rolling countryside, where the public footpaths and bridleways cut mostly through pasture for horses and sheep:
At around 12:30, we stopped for lunch at an Edwardian manor house that has a sort of historical menu of things its owners would have served a century ago to their guests.
(Polesten Lacey from a distance, after lunch)
After the leisurely hour or so break, the path headed upwards into the hills, past a number of picturesque houses, including this one:
Finally, we came out of the woods into the open ridge, with magnificent views of the Surrey Hills:
From there, the route gradually descended back down into the town of Dorking, and past this church:
Arriving at the train station, we watched the train to London pull out as we crossed the walkway over the tracks, leaving us with an hour wait until the arrival of the next one. Fortunately, one in our group was prescient enough to bring along a map that marked the location of various pubs, so the end of the ten-mile day was rewarded with a hand-pulled draught of Old Speckled Hen.