Guildford to Godalming
A doddle in comparison to planning it! A breeze in fact, less than it’s printed 6.5 mile description. Last weekend in between planning for a job interview I decided I was going to do this walk, & buy the ticket in advance as you do.
I needed a walk, I needed some fresh air, no question about that. I checked in the South Bank newsletter for details of the next up and coming walk.
The newsletter & on-line South Bank Website said to buy a return to Godalming and get the 9.30am getting off at Guildford meeting at 10.15am on the 21st of January.
I’m raring to go. I get onto Train-tracker. I type in London Waterloo to Godalming return 9.30am. I’m looking but there isn’t a 9.30 train! to Godalming. I called one of the leaders. Yes she tells me, the train is at 9.30am, she is looking at the website and she can see it, she sends me the link. I tell her I’m looking at it too and there is no 9.30am train from Waterloo to Godalming. Something vital is missing in this conversation,but neither of us have a clue what.!
Several emails, phone calls and double checking hours later. She says she will look into it. I eventually think to put in london to Guildford on Train- Tracker, as no one else has suggested that and lo and behold!- the 9.30am train is there… but it isn’t stopping at Godalming.
‘Going for a walk’
There is a lot more to it than you think.
I now know to buy a return to GUILDFORD. But where is Godalming? The following day, the second leader called me; apparently coming down from the highlands of Scotland to get a phone signal to contact me. Obviously I had no idea that she was in The Highlands. I would not have phoned her to bother her. she seemed somewhat vexed with me when I met her.!
God damn it where the hell is Godamling anyway? It must be on the GUILDFORD LINE. Well it is but the 9.30am train from Waterloo isn’t going there, BUT a train at 9am is going to Godalming, another at 10am and so on every hour.
I can’t buy a return from Waterloo at 9.30am to Godalming that stops at Guildford. Fact.
I have to buy a return to Guildford and a single ticket form Godalming to Guildford. For those of you still reading, (tell me about it!) please check this out!
How to pronounce Godalming!
So where is Godalming?
Well as you can see it’s a walk along the river just under a 2 hour walk. In hindsight perhaps I should have looked it up. The way I look at it though, is the Leaders are organising it, I’m just following. My job is to buy the ticket and join in! I am accredited walk leader but I simply don’t know the Surrey area.
It was a short but sweet walk.
We watched a swan take off in full flight along this river, a magnificent sight ; for a split second I thought about taking a snap shot but it happened so unexpectedly I let it go.
It was over far too quickly and I left the group at Farncombe as a bunch of the group wanted to have lunch at midday. The rest sat by the river to eat a packed lunch.I decided to split & I carried on to Godalming. It was only about 25 minutes further to go. The inevitable engineering works, slowed down the journey. I didn’t care, I was going home, and thinking about the Lewes walk the following weekend. I have since found out that the Lewes walk has been cancelled due to engineering works.
Will get a new walk worked out for February. There’s a lot of socialising going on that month, but I will fit it in somewhere.