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August 18, 2015 Categories: walking. No Comments on Walking again

F and I had determined to get back into our walking regimen yesterday. For all sorts of good reasons we have found ourselves unable to do much walking over the last few months. Enough was enough, we decided, and it was time to get back into the swing of things again.
We chose a route that F had found almost by accident a month or so ago, a section of the River Wey and Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf, owned and managed by the National Trust. We had decided to walk a section from Byfleet to Guildford, around 8-9 miles. That seemed to be enough given that we hadn’t done much walking recently. We took a train to West Byfleet and, with no obvious sign of how to get onto the riverbank outside the railway station, accepted a very kind offer of directions from a passing couple out walking their dog. The directions, although clear, were far from obviously correct, but the very helpful man giving them was adamant that we should follow them. Accordingly we set off, following his direction to walk along part of the Basingstoke Canal for about a mile and a half, at which point we would find the river Wey and begin our walk proper.
Needless to say it soon became clear that the directions we were following were flawed! In effect, by following the route advised to us we walked two long sides of a triangle where we ought to have walked one short side. The extra distance put about 3-4 miles onto the routing, which eventually turned out to be more like 13 miles than 8-9. Counting also the walk to the station in the morning F reckoned the distance at over 14 miles. A good walk!
One feature of interest we spotted was a huge estate, which we eventually discovered was Sutton Place a 16th century Grade 1 listed Tudor Manor House, once owned by J Paul Getty but now in the hands of a billionaire Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov. Along the rest of the way there was lots to see, including herons and other fauna. Although a longer walk than we had intended, a very enjoyable day out and a good way to get back into the walking routine.

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