Today we walked to Happy Valley Park in Old Coulsdon, Surrey and back home to Bletchingley. We hadn’t planned on such a long walk 13 miles, but it was a beautiful day and it kind of just happened.

We began the walk from our house and headed towards the Bletchingley Golf Course. Due to our second UK lockdown, the golf course was closed, which meant we could walk down the fairway without the fear of hearing those dreaded words “Fore” and having to duck out of the way of an errant golf ball shot. At the far end of the golf course, a path headed into a field, which had recently been planted with wheat.

On the other side we acrossed Place Farm Road and headed onto the cycle path 21. The path takes a gentle climb around a large sand quarry and heads towards the busy M25.

At the M25 motorway was a long dark, musty and muddy tunnel, which led onto Green Lane and this was the start of the climb. At the top of the hill was Roughets Lane, but we crossed over and continued up the side of the hill, on a narrow footpath, with a barbed-wire fence on one side and a forest on the other side. The path continued to get steeper.

At this point, we realized we had overdressed. 🙂 so bagged a few jackets, and scarves. The footpath ended on Hextalls Lane, but the lane continued up the hill towards Weald Way. At the very top of the hill, we took a breather.

I took a photo here because it looked so beautiful with the sun shining through the trees and the footpath sign pointing the way. This path is very famous and travellers have used it for centuries. Check out the North Downs Way on the National Trails website.

We turned left onto War Coppice Road. The road was lined with overhanging trees on either side and there were some stunning houses with beautiful views of the North Downs. Oh! and it seemed we were in horse country as every second farm had loads of these beautiful 4 legged animals.

We also stumbled upon a ruined tower called Whitehall Tower, which looked like it had some history attached to it. It turns out it was built by a Mr Jeremiah Long in 1862 as a folly. It is not listed and is currently standing within the grounds of Tower farm.

We crossed Stanstead road and onto the North Downs Way lane. It ran alongside some stunning farms with rolling hills and more horses. Most of the walk from here was downhill. In the space of 5 minutes, we spotted a red deer and a beautiful hawk. Unfortunately, I had the wrong lens with me and both were just too far away to get a decent photo.

We walked around Willey Farm Lane, which I read is the only such named lane in the country. It’s a beautiful farm with large stables and plenty of grazing for their horses. The lane switched to the Pilgrims Way, which is the historical route taken by pilgrims from Winchester in Hampshire, England, to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury in Kent.

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Mike

Mike is an Android man, researcher of all things good and bad, likes all wheeled sports, loves gadgets, enjoys all music, into home automation, likes Samsung, voted Brexit, enjoys talk radio, has a Brompton electric bike, drives a Tesla Model 3, is a hard worker, a passionate self-educator, crazy about drones, a gambler, blogger for over 20 years, enjoys gardening, Microsoft over Apple, an investor in stocks and cryptocurrency, a homeowner, a futurist, married for life, has family all over the world, a cat man do, loves beer, travel & life.

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