Despite dire warnings about public transport problems five of us (Dermot, Helen + Woody, Mark, Evelyn and me) travelled down in a practically empty train to Hayes to meet Annie and have what seems like an end-of-summer walk on a glorious sunny day. It’s a lovely varied walk – the first part was in cool shady woods with the sunlight streaming through. Lunch at Downe (where Charles Darwin lived and worked) was followed immediately by afternoon tea at a delightful teashop.
The second half was more open and felt amazingly remote for somewhere only just off the London A-Z. I don’t think we saw any other walkers after Downe though we did have an encounter with an over-friendly horse. After another much needed cup of tea we speeded up for the final stretch to Knockholt, arriving for the hourly train back with three minutes to spare.