Once through Hascombe, the path then returns to lonely countryside dominated by woodland until Selhurst Common. On this stretch in March there were masses of snowdrops, the first sign that spring was truly underway! At Gatestreet Farm, there looked to be a few strange goings on with several structures in the landscape that looked like they were being used for some kind of film set. These included an igloo and what looked like a jousting area.
Shortly after Gatestreet Farm the sweep of the Wey valley becomes apparent. In front you can see the large Greensand hills beyond. These look fairly daunting, but fortunately these are saved for another day! Once safely across the A281 you come across two defunct transport routes before reaching Shamley Green. The first is the Downs Link, which used to be the Horsham-Guildford railway line and now used as a cycle path. Shortly after you will cross the Wey and Arun canal, ‘London’s Lost Route to the Sea’. From here it is a short step to the village of Shamley Green, where hopefully you will be reunited with your car!
|Looking Ahead to Day 3|
This stretch of the walk is relatively easy, with few climbs and some delightful landscape. Some stretches of the walk are quite lonely and it is best to ensure that you are properly equipped. Some sections are quite difficult to navigate but perversely these are not the stretches of dense woodland, but sections of road where the waymarkers appear to dry up! If, like me you pick a dry spring day you will find few problems with mud and it would be a winter-friendly walk. Tomorrow, I shall tackle the next stage and start climbing those Surrey Hills!