Guildford to Godalming
This was probably just one of thost things, but trying to book for the programmed walk Guildford to Godalming, was off the scale in terms of having some kind of mental deadlock! The walk was 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.
It had been a hard week, I needed a walk, & some fresh air, no question about that. I checked in the South Bank newsletter for details of a walk on Saturday and found the Guildform to Godalming walk to be a short enough and near enough walk to manage.
Sometimes it just gets confusing
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 typed in London Waterloo to Godalming 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.!
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!
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. 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 Surrey. 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 alone.
Guildford Swan Lake
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