Walk at Norbury Park

Good weather on the day encouraged 9 members and wives to turn out for our walk around Norbury Park. The previous week having been dry, the going under foot was firm and, for the area, remarkably free from mud. We made our way to Brockett`s Farm, where the group unexpectedly turned down the chance of a coffee stop, using the outside tables in the sunshine. Then on to the great house from which the park takes it`s name, a quick peek through the fence enabled us to admire the manicured lawns (good job I don`t have to mow them), before making the descent to the River Mole, during which we had good views across the valley towards Box Hill, Mickleham and, on the skyline, Cherkley Court the former residence of Lord Beaverbrook. Quite a contrast with our last visit when mist obscured everything. Then we followed the river, past Norbury Park farm which is home to a large herd of cattle- these days a rare site, and surprisingly close to urban Leatherhead. The trip finished at the Stepping Stones-pity the car park was so full that some members could not find a space. Could not understand this, as there was plenty of space inside!

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Malcolm Davis.

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