NHS Retirement Fellowship Shalford to Dorking

16th August 2016

On July 29th this energetic group of ex NHS employees set off again along the North Downs Way. Proving once again that the Rail and Trail combo is a winner they set off from Dorking to Shalford by train having left cars at Denbies Vineyard who had kindly allowed cars to be left there for the day.

Pam Bulman from the group picks up the commentary:

Shalford to Dorking proved very different to the Farnham to Guildford stage in that it gave us high views to the South Downs, a couple of steep climbs, long stretches of varied woodland, wild flowers and hedgerow, plus some reminders of Surrey's role in WW2, and two country churches, one typical, one not so typical.

The first climb to St Martha's Church, necessitating a brief respite to admire its stunning view, led on to the longer gradual climb to Newlands Corner for more stunning views and then on to the Canadian Road, constructed during WW2. A small sheltered area along here offered the perfect setting for our lunch stop.

On over White Downs, passing numerous pillboxes, further reminders of WW2, into shaded woodland with occasional glimpses of stunning views, and to see, at last, a first sighting of Dorking spread out in the distance, St Martin's spire clearly visible.

Finally, Steer's Field and Ranmore Common - now, we could really look down over Dorking. Then passing the amazing St Barnabas Church, almost a mini cathedral, for on our final stretch - down to Denbies and our cars.

No celebratory shandy, not even a glass of wine, this time - Denbies had just closed for the day! Never mind, a final pic of all of us next to a painted cow (not a real one!), part of Surrey's Cow Parade, sufficed.

The training continues - onwards and upwards! Box Hill, Colley Hill and Reigate Hill - here we come!!

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