NHS Retirement Fellowship (Kingston Branch) Branch Walks North Downs Way

3rd June 2016

A few weeks ago we were contacted by a The NHS Retirement Group (Kingston Branch) regards their intention to walk the North Downs Way through Surrey this summer. Armed with guidebooks and brimming with enthusiasm they have reported back on their 1st leg. It would appear they had a good time!

Words by Pam Bulman.

I wrote to you some months ago to say that the above Group’s Walking Section planned to undertake the Surrey section of the NDW over the summer months. Well! We have started! Yesterday, Wednesday, 4th  May we set off from Surbiton Railway Station to Farnham Railway Station to arrive at the excellent starting point to set off at 10.45am on our first section. We saw some stunning scenery, woodlands, farm lands - all so different and fascinating - and what amazing bluebell displays.  Apart from our picnic stop some couple of miles short of Compton we resisted the call of The Good Intent in Puttenham and waited till we got to Compton’s Watts Gallery for an afternoon cuppa before our final shandies. (pic)

Some hours later (not prepared to say how many hours later), we were in the Ship Inn in St Catherine’s having a well-deserved half pint of bitter shandy.  Of all the amazing scenery snaps taken that I could have sent, this really sums up what an amazing group of 60/65+ ladies we are, to be smiling at the end of over 10 miles of walking through beautiful Surrey.

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