It’s almost so much of a cliche that we’ve chosen to ignore it but as 2017 crept up on us we decided to do something we’d been talking about for 2 years…monthly walks for anyone who wants to join us but really just for Team Blue Sky to get out and walk for fun!
Our first walk of the year took place on New Year’s Day in the beautiful but somewhat grey North Downs Way National Trail over Ranmore Common.
Luckily our route started off gently with a walk across the Denbies Estate (alas no wine refreshment stops) as we explored the local area before an ascent up to the Ranmore Common Road and onto the common.
The beautiful thing about New Year Day’s walks are the silence…most normal individuals are nursing sore heads after one too many sherbets on New Year’s Eve which means quite selfishly we were for the most part the only ones walking along the route.
Before you reach the viewpoint you pass the picturesque St Barnabas Church known by locals as The church of the North Downs Way a worthwhile stop for those keen photographers out there. And whilst we are on the subject of photography we then found ourselves at the view point on the edge of the common. With spectacular views of the Surrey Hills and in particular Leith Hill and Leith Hill Tower it is an excellent fuel stop and in the summer months you will find a small van serving fresh coffee and pastries, we can vouch for their excellent taste !!
From here we headed into the Common itself and down towards the Tanner’s Hatch Youth Hostel, a great escape and a rare occurrence in Surrey as this is a Youth Hostel that you can only access on foot!. Just passed the hostel and we got our first views of the magnificent Polsden Lacey, another great day out but that’s for another blog.
However good our intentions were the weather was not on our side, as we descended towards our end point, the lovely Stepping Stones pub the heavens opened and we arrived somewhat bedraggled to dry off and enjoy a well earned dinner.