A few weeks ago it was time to breathe in some fresh air and swap London's endless concrete and brick for some nature, so I joined friends on a leisurely day walk from Guildford to Gomshall.
Never heard of these places? Neither had I - but I was amazed at how far I felt from London, when in reality we had only travelled by train for forty minutes to find ourselves in the beautiful English countryside...
strolling through the North Downs - Guildford
We strolled along dirt paths, spirits high even if there wasn't much sunshine - for we were in the countryside. And it was just us, no other people to be seen or heard...
The signs along this walk were few and far between, and yes us city folk did get lost a few times. Thank goodness for GPS. When signs along our route did appear they were beautifully illustrated.
We munched on wild blackberries...
... and came across some history too. This is an old WWII pillbox situated a few moments walk from St Martha-on-the-hill, one of the most remote churches I've come across.
As we got closer to our pub lunch in Shere we stared longingly into some of the local vege gardens, and grew excited by a giant yellow pumpkin and neighbouring scarecrow.
Don't you just love the look of English country homes?
At last it was lunch time and we treated ourselves to local fish and chips, and ale.
Now, I would like to be able to say that we continued on our way after lunch. But the truth is we were enjoying ourselves far too much at the pub so decided to trade a "few" more beers for the rest of our walk. It was a Saturday you know!
One day soon, next year, some stage we'll go back and finish the adventure.
Have you ever walked from Guildford to Gomshall? Or do you have another favourite day walk from London? If you are after some fresh air my favourite day walk is Deal to Dover.