4 November 2012: Gomshall, Polesden Lacey and Westhumble

This walk was planned to meet up with the youth hostel group, but in the end most of the hostellers decided they had had a good stretch on Saturday — and the weather was not looking too good.

So this was a small, select group: Don was the only hosteller, and he was joined for the day by David and Humphrey. The start of the day had been pretty grim, and it did rain hard just as we arrived at Gomshall station. We repaired to the nearby Tillings Cafe for some carrot cake and coffee — and that turned out to be the end of the rain for the day!

The first half of the walk rose up fairly steeply from Gomshall onto the ridge of the North Downs, then along the North Downs Way for a couple of miles, with fine views south to Leith Hill and occasional glimpses of the South Downs. There was a bunch of old pill boxes built during WWII.

Polesden Lacey. (Chris Shaw / CC BY-SA 2.0)

We then headed north through woods to Polesden Lacey,  the National Trust restaurant there — and the soup of the day (yes, it was a bit of a café-crawl).

Getting a bit spread out near the end of the day ….

It was then a brisk but short walk on to Westhumble and the train home.



About Humphrey Southall

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