|Parked up outside the Roger Tichborne pub|
|Someone's getting married today ...|
|... and here are the happy couple!|
|Construction work at Oakhurst Farm|
|Wide dirt track adjacent to the wedding reception field (over hedge)|
|Junction with the Wey South Path at Barberry Bridge|
|Crossing the corner of a small field|
|Path skirting the garden of 'Forest View'|
|Long straight driveway to Lee House Farm|
|Free range piggies|
|Crossing a dry stream in Upper Ifold Wood|
|Path leaving the Plaistow/Dunsfold Lane|
|private road in nameless hamlet|
|Path alongside Durfold Wood|
|Downsland Wood without the trees|
|The path comes to an abrupt end .....|
|... but backtracking I found I had missed this path|
|At last, a view (south)!|
|Views NE towards Greensand Ridge|
|Warning signs near the old golfcourse at Shillinglee Park|
|Nice horses, but not of the racing variety|
|Harvested arable field|
|Time for a coffee break|
|Timber cutting in Furze Field|
|Oh dear, more brambles!|
|The muddy path leading to the A283|
|The route from Alfold Bars to the A283 near Ramsnest Common|
- The guide book mentioned that the paths east of Gostrode Farm can cause problems. I don’t know what the problems were in 1999 when the book was written, but when a footpath left the bridleway and climbed a hill, it took a few moments to find the way out of the field at the top. I was then confronted by a large field of maize, about 6ft high. Initially there appeared to be a wide track running through it, but this narrowed considerably almost as soon as I entered the crop, and it was quite surreal walking through the maize without being able to see anything – I did keep my GPS in my hand to ensure I was walking in the correct direction. It started to spit with rain as I left the maize field.
|Yes, there really is a footpath through here!|
- After a little road walking the footpath effectively went through the gardens of a couple of properties – something that always makes me feel a little uncomfortable. The second house was Follies Farm, and it was a lovely rambling property. Two Bernese Mountain Dogs barked at me from a distance, and when owner came out to shut the dogs up I did check with her that I wasn’t trespassing.
- The route continued for a little over 2km on woodland paths and tracks and then it skirted the northern end of a lake. It was now raining lightly and the rain drops made patterns on the water surface. I initially thought this must be part of the restored Wey & Arun Canal, but I’m not so sure now.
|Raindrops pattern the surface of a lake near Durfold Hall Farm|
|About to start the next match in the Alfold Bowl|
|Polo ponies heading for the chukka field|
- Near Hurlands I had trouble finding the route and spent 5 minutes walking round a barn and then tracking back and forth in a narrow field with the GPS in my hand. Eventually, I found a partially hidden stile, and gratefully escaped (although not without a couple more stings to my poor legs). I then walked through a very pretty wild flower meadow and even disturbed a deer which ran for cover as soon as she saw me.
|Wild flower meadow|
- After a bit of road walking I headed into Sidney Wood and joined the Wey South Path, mentioned above. For part of the way I was obviously walking next to the old Wey and Arun canal , but there was only a very small section near the end, before rejoining the SBP, that actually had any water in it. The main restored part is a bit further south between Loxwood and Billingshurst.
|The Wey and Arun Canal devoid of water|
|One of the few stretches of water on this unrestored section of canal|
- I rejoined the SBP at Barberry Bridge and retraced my steps back to Alfold Bars. It was now mid afternoon. The wedding reception didn’t appear to have started yet, but someone had tied mauve balloons to the direction signs since I passed this way in the morning.