Bentley walk, 26 March

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The lunchtime pub is the Hen & Chicken, Upper Foyle, Hampshire. If you wish to eat in the pub, please email walks@morleyramblers.uk  by 12 noon on Thursday 24th March with your food choice from the menu at www.henandchicken.co.uk  (The carvery option is excellent and usually has a choice of three meats as well nut roast.)

Train departure is as in the walks programme, i.e. 8.54am from Waterloo, arriving 10.02 at Bentley (Hampshire).

Summary of the Walk

The walk is through gently undulating countryside with some beautiful views, mostly crossing fields, with some woods and a couple of very picturesque crossings of the River Wey. There is also some walking on country lanes. We visit some historic churches, one of which has Field Marshall Montgomery’s grave in its churchyard.

There is one longish section ascending a hill and also a section down a country lane to the River Wey and then up the other side of the valley. Neither of these two section is steep. Both are in the morning.

On the recce earlier this week, conditions were mostly dry underfoot. There was some mud, but it was possible to circumnavigate it.

Dropout Points

There is the option of dropping out at lunchtime. There is a bus stop next to the pub, where you can catch bus no.65 at 12.31, 13.31 or 14.51 to Farnham (14 minutes), where it is a 10 minute walk from the bus stop to the train station. The trains from Farnham are at 28 and 58 minutes past the hour (and it takes about one hour to Waterloo). Farnham is the stop after Bentley on the railway line to Waterloo, so your return train ticket to Bentley is valid from Farnham.

Hazards

There is a need to cross the very busy A31 at one point. Also, the country lanes are usually quiet, but they are often narrow with bends that obscure oncoming traffic. It is crucial for your safety that you follow the leader’s guidance on the day about walking those sections. Terry

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