Jan
2017

Return to Godalming please?!

 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.

Breaking Ice

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!

Elocution lesson  of the day folks.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eoh53gOFDXk

So where is Godalming?

Guildford to 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.

Sweet Bridge en route to Godalming!

 

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.

Guildford Swan Lake

 

Dec
2014

Stinging in the rain!

GUILDFORD TO SHERE

A moderate walk over Pewley Down and St Martha’s Hill, then Pilgrims Way. Pub/picnic lunch at the Drummond Arms in Albury, fantastic pub lunch……then ascent Walking through woods Albury Heath and down to Shere  a pretty village, taking a bus to either Guildford or Dorking.Woke up the morning  after with a lovely ache in my legs, my eyes were slightly stinging from the soft drizzle of rain on yesterdays walk, but I felt so good, better than I have felt in a long time.

I hooked up with my walking group and an old friend from North London who I wanted to catch up with and set off to Guildford which is only half an hour on the train from London.

Part of the walk was on,The  North Downs, I don’t know it especially well , but it reinforces my belief that it is good to go out with a walking group, even if only once in a while. You can do it anyway you please; as a social thing or exercise and choose the groups that suits. It is nice to have a 7 mile walk in the fresh air.  I would like to aim to be a bit fitter (as always) in the New year and go on longer walks and perhaps next year a walking holiday or two with a group /alone/friends whatever.

Just get out and about.

The weekend before at the coast   

Beach huts

Walking from Whitstable to Seasalter as the sky starts to cloud over

It was lovely to have my first Autumn stroll of the year along the coast,a very straight walk from Seasalter to Whitstable h we come across a real cute cafe in Whitstable. I noticed a great range of gins and beers produced by local suppliers.at  Waltshaws’Kentish Pantry 19 Harbour Street Whitstable Kent.

 

 

old relic 

 

Gin made by Anno Distillers a small artisanal spirits producers. I’m not really a Gin drinker but was sold on the design of the bottle.  It’s not usual to see Beer and spirits sold in cafe’s but there was a great range of locally produced drinks. A few of the brewers include.:Nip from the Hip, Mad cat Brewery & Canterbury Brewers. Then we ambled down to the harbour where we had fantastic fish and chips. Last but not least .

Torquay on Saturday evening

A short walk from Torquay centre..truly beatiful coastal views.

Beautiful Devon

In time to attend my nephews friends birthday party and then Sunday a little stroll along the beach at Paignton, Having sat on a coach the day before for a very long time I was desperate to stretch my legs, so manged to have a lovely little walk just at the edge of Torquay a few miles just out of the town centre up the hill for fantastic sea views and a bit of peace and quiet.

 

My first visit to Ansteys cove 

Not a bad end to the year. As always there is a lot of things in the air still and I will need the help of a professional next Year to help me with my online goals.This will be the last blog of the year and I hope I can get all my glitches sorted out for next year so I can carry on with my blogging and other adventures .

Until then Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Julie.