The first John Allinson Memorial Sponsored Walk on Friday May 31st attracted 33 participants in the morning and a further 5 in the afternoon. The weather was dry but slightly cooler than expected.
Note You can enlarge photographs by clicking on them.
Walk leader Dick Shelley outlining the initial route outside the Royal Oak in Brockham.
The early stages went along the old coach road between Brockham and Dorking
Next we joined the Deepdene Trail climbing onto a ridge with spectacular views on either side.
Digby has his own sponsorship page and was very well-behaved, even carrying his own stock of “poo-pouches” until unfortunately he found a cowpat in which to roll!
Dorking Golf Club provided a convenient staging post with coffee and biscuits made available in advance. Cakes were an extra luxury for those that felt the need. The balcony provided lovely views over what appeared to be a very challenging hole with an elevated green with steep slopes ready to return their balls to inaccurate drivers.
The next stop was the Hope Family Mausoleum although it was not open for viewing.
A field with poppies continued the memorial theme and reminded us that the 75th anniversary of D-Day was approaching as we returned towards Brockham and the Royal Oak.
After a very pleasant lunch at the Royal Oak, Dick Shelley outlined the afternoon route to those continuing and the new arrivals. Digby now had a companion as Revd. Tim Astin was accompanied by his dog Tess.
Dick led us over the Betchworth to Dorking railway line imparting some more historical gems from research done by local historian Jean Clew. This related how horse-drawn railway trucks had brought lime down from the quarries and kilns to be attached to the main railway near the bridge on which we were standing.
One of the best preserved kilns can be seen in the distance just above and to the right of Jeff’s hat! (remember you can click the photo to enlarge the image)
via the ruins of Betchworth Castle before they headed back along the coach road to Brockham and the Royal Oak.
The walk will be repeated on Saturday June 8th. Participants need to register at 9.15 am outside the Royal Oak in Brockham.
You can still support TWOAT and the walkers via the sponsorship page here