9 September 2012: Hayes to Knockholt

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.



About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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