26th May 2019 Guildford to Godalming along the river Wey

Seven members did a pleasant walk on bank holiday Sunday along the river Wey in Surrey. At the start of the walk we discovered an unexpected link on the riverbank with Lewis Carol with a statue of Alice and her sister watching the rabbit go down the hole. Apparently the main family home was in Guildford for many years; though Lewis never lived there he spent a lot of time there.Another surprise on the walk was meeting two locals who were harvesting a Signal Crayfish catch – apparently an American invasive species which has decimated the local crayfish as well as fish, frogs etc in the river, so needs to be kept under control. The catch had the added bonus that it was going to be a tasty supper dish!Following a picnic lunch at Unstead Lock at Peasmarsh, we arrived at Farncombe Boathouse cafe in time to avoid the only light shower of the day and also see one of the horse drawn barges that do trips from Godalming.On arrival at Godalming we enjoyed the music of a folk band as we walked through Phillips Memorial Park, where there was a local festival.Consultation with smartphone apps resulted in some discussion of how far we had walked. Conclusion undecided, tho the apps said 7.3 miles. (this included walk to station in the morning). Although an easy walk, respectable distance covered!

Photos and words by Liz Kingston-Smith

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