Well, that’s week one of this year’s Walkfest completed – and what a successful and varied week it’s been. Our autumn sunshine has obviously helped but so has the good publicity by Guildford Dragon, Guildfords Tourist Information Office and the many partner organisations who have been running the various walks. Well done to all of them.
Over the Friday to Sunday period I joined with three more groups to meet the participants and to enjoy the walks. All three were great fun and very different. Having joined in with the Walking for Health group earlier in the week for their Worplesdon wander, I thought it might be interesting to meet up with another of their groups. This time walking around Whitmoor Common for an hour or so. What a lovely, friendly group of people. We followed the paths around part of the common and it’s woodland. I hadn’t realised how many little tracks and isolated houses there were to be seen. A definite eye opener for me.
On Saturday, A very different walk. This time with the Guildford Group of the Ramblers Association. This was billed as a 7.5 mile walk taking us along part of the Wey past Broadmead Cut to Sutton Green (for lunch) before heading back to Newark Lane. The waterway was looking good in the sunshine and there were numerous boating activities to be seen as we went. We passed several locks including Papercourt Lock with its slightly curious sign “The lock that moved”. I must investigate that further!
For those who like the historical or information based walks, my Sunday activity would appeal greatly. I joined the Town Guides for their Pubs & Inns walk. Absolutely fascinating! We may not have wandered as much as one mile around Guildford town centre but the number of pubs and inns which were sited in that area within the last few hundred years was staggering. Our incredibly knowledgeable guide gave us a wonderful snapshot of the town in its earlier years when shops were few (most trade being in markets) and travel was by horse or coach. Both activities created a need for refreshment or accommodation and hostelries in all their variety formed a major part of the premises in the main streets. If you have never joined a Town Guides walk, I can thoroughly recommend them.
Of course, we still have another three weeks of walks for you to join. As you can see, there really is something for everyone – whether landscape or learning, long or short. We hope you will join us at some stage.
And now an apology! – In our brochure the last events shown are Countryfile Children in Need rambles. An error slipped past our proof readers and the correct date is Saturday October 5th. We got the date right but the day wrong! Please make sure that you turn up on the right day.