Walk at Holmwood

7 members (and one dog) were enjoyed a walk, in good weather, around the Holmwood just south of Dorking. This is an N.T. property of about 650 acres, generally of open woodland. Most of the circular route followed a dry, well maintained path which was built by the N.T. a couple of years ago. This path is now well used by visitors, often with a dog, but the original proposal for a walker- friendly route met with considerable opposition! We met at the Scamels car park (free-rare these days), and quickly reached the main footpath, which is well signposted (much appreciated by the leader).

16OCTHWV01Map of Holmwood Common

After about a mile, we deviated from the main route to reach the “old cricket pitch”, a reminder of a time when nearby village supported a social life (and a couple of pubs). We didn`t think Surrey Cricket Club would think much of the pitch now. Although this area is generally flat, there is a view-point (360ft high), from where we had a good view of Ranmore Common and the church spire.

16OCTHWV02From the Viewpoint towards Ranmore Common

At this point, we were rather close to the A24, but we soon returned to the more placid area of the common, briefly stopping at the “old football pitch”- they must have been a fit lot in those days.

16OCTHWV04 Old Football Pitch

By this time we encountered another rambling group, making their way back to the better-known Fourwents Pond (and car park).

16OCTHWV05Quick Dip in the Little Ponds

In all, a pleasant amble of about 3.5 miles, after which most of us stopped off at the Royal Oak, where we enjoyed an welcome lunch.
As usual, we are always pleased to welcome any member who wishes to walk and socialise-watch the programme for the next walk, probably early in the new year.
Malcolm Davis.

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