An Elite Eight of us ignored waking up to rain, an early start and the threat of muddiness to enjoy a walk from Loxwood, just in Sussex, over the county boundary into Alford, in Surrey, and back. The early part of the walk took us through a variety of fields with pleasing longish views, then to our tea stop in Alford, through more fields with an equine feel (also some turnips) and then, for the final third of the 5.6 mile walk, along the towpath of the Wey and Arun canal. Fairly flat and easy, the walk was in fact less muddy than when we recce’d it a couple of weeks ago, and we suffered no more than three drops of rain all morning. I forgot to take a group photo, so here’s a not very good one of a tree en-route instead.
The whole group (when did that last happen?) then had a good lunch at the Sir Roger Tichborne, about a mile up the road from where we had walked. The roasts were particularly generous and fine.