A stunning 4.5 / 5 hour walk taking in panoramic views across the North Downs. Following the tranquil canal and straight, tree lined Downs Link Path, the historic route of a dismantled railway (1861 – 1963) connecting Christ’s Hospital to Shoreham. The route also includes several bluebell woodland – often with very rooty pathways – and grassy meadows, bordered with thick frames of wild chives and other flowers.
An added quirky feature of this walk is that it passes through a considerable farm which is the home of dozens of Alpacas and extremely friendly miniature ponies… tiny creatures, but clearly with big hearts!
Point to note – the final section of the route includes a huge number of styles, which may be in various states of repair / disrepair, so, in addition to the fact that fields with cows, and less ordinary livestock have to be travessed, possibly not ideal for dogs…
In order to start near home, we began the route at Leg 3, parking in Rudgwick near the Kings Head Pub, just 12 minutes drive from home / 7,8 miles. (Top of page 6, see link below).
The walk passes two other pubs, Sir Roger Tichborne in Alford & the Onslow Arms in Loxwood; both good watering holes.
Google Fancy Free Walks for the route and lots of interesting information about landmarks – see the link below:
Today was the date for the London Marathon, which was cancelled due to the Coronavirus Lockdown; hence doing our own 26 mile ‘marathon’ – between us. How lucky we were, to be able to do so.