The walking group continues to enjoy good weather on our trips, so 9 members including wives plus a dog called Betty assembled at the car park in Shere village for a walk through the surrounding countryside. As most readers will know, Shere is a post-card village and well-worth a visit in its own right. This walk was over fairly flat terrain, about 5 miles, at a comfortable pace to suit all members of the party taking us through the rolling countryside towards Peaslake, returning along the edge of Albury Park.
Before leaving we stopped for a brief visit to St. Jame’s church within which the most notable and unique feature is the site where, in the 14th century, resided the “Anchoress of Shere”- a lady of the village who lived, as an act of faith, in solitude and seldom leaving the building. Detail information is displayed on the North wall.
Soon we were passing along well-trodden paths, probably used also by the locals. I did warn that some of the paths might be affected by growth from the path-side, mainly bracken and bramble, but Probus did not flinch as we made our way. September promises a good crop of blackberries judging by the flowers. We were lucky that from Gomshall, the locals were doing some footpath clearance which gave us a clearer way. Some of the group decided to pursue a parallel path on the other side of a hedge, but soon decided that the official path offered the best route – however, full marks for initiative!
We stopped near Lawbrook house to admire the extensive garden with it`s duck house-perhaps an MP lives there. Then we came across a large field with an impressive display of wild flowers, the blue ones being identified as Chicory (thanks to Frances Ranson).
We started our return journey along a typical Surrey sunken lane which is listed as an official Rural Byway, to pass along which one would normally need a 4by4 but which was bone dry and gave us some welcome shade. Then into Albury Park, with its old and large Oaks, and back to Shere along a broad path.
I think that most of us were glad to reach the” White Horse” where we found a table in the garden for a spot of lunch and passed a pleasant hour.
As usual, we always hope to welcome additional members who have not tried these events before – this welcome extends to friends who might come along, enjoy the company, and possibly consider joining the Club. Don`t be put off by the references above to “over-grown paths” – it is now high Summer and this is what happens in the real countryside, and in any case I`m prone to exaggeration! Happy walking, Malcolm.