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London Countryway 03 July 2010

Third Part - July
We followed much of the North Downs Way and crossed the Geenwich Meridian Line. Lots of ascents! The ground was increasingly chalky as we came across Oxted Common passed vineyards and battled up loads of steps. Thank goodness it wasn't as hot as before. The views were interesting, looking across to Gatwick and the Surrey Hills. There was the ever present 'hum' of the M25 as much of the route at this point follows the Motorway, but it was a distant distraction only. Walking on the Sunday started from Mersham station, on through Quality Street, passing cricketers on the green, and on through Gatton Park. It was a steady climb and the view became more wooded and less built-up. After a coffee stop at Reigate Hill it was then on to Reigate Fort on our left and and to the Colley Hill Memorial for a photo stop. We followed a steep downward path through amazing woodlands with exposed roots of juniper trees and acute-angled earth banks. Then up again across the chalk, skirting the lime kiln works at Brockham, walking ever higher, passing a favoured racehorse's grave 'Quick' (however did they get it up there?) and gradually moving on to our destination. Then we were there; the expansive views from Box Hill , heavily populated with trippers in the afternoon sun, and looking across to our next section of the walk planned for late October.

NB: In the end we never made the October walk so the next stage is planned for May 2011