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Posted:  Wednesday 24 January 2018

South East Associates
"Discover Downside"

- 18th January -

Downside Common, just south of Cobham, was the starting point for our January walk with fourteen Associates gathering outside The Cricketers pub.

The weather was good, clear skies, some sun and about 7°C.

After a short while walking through lanes we were off into fields following the path of the River Mole and heading for Hatchford Wood and Chatley Semaphore Tower.

The tower was part of a chain of 15 semaphores, used to relay messages between
The Admiralty in London and Portsmouth Dockyard.
The system operated from 1822 to 1848 and sending a message from London to Portsmouth took just 15 minutes.

From Chatley Tower we headed south and west passing Hatchford Park and May’s Green to reach Old Oak Common and some serious mud!

The land here is low-lying and the recent rain made a couple of sections quite hard to cross.

However, everyone got through without mishap and from here it was a short, and far easier, section back to Downside Common and The Cricketers for a well-earned lunch.

As one of the group said

“A great walk, really nice route, good pub and food.

Tenacious mud!!”

Chris White

(fd  23/01/2018)

(ph  23/01/2018)

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