A Post from the Pilgrims – Day 4 – Alton to Seale

Another fab day! Despite Netia’s prediction of rain, not a drop fell on us. It was a fairly flat day’s walk of 18.9 miles. We have decided to visit any churches that we pass on the way and that gave us 3 stops today.

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We left Alton a little late due to Rhona spotting some bargains in the Oxfam shop last night, ie a silk sleeping bag liner for £1.99. So we had to check that out, and yes, dear reader, she bought it.

It was fab to have Netia and Ginny with us. It gave us a different dynamic and lots of laughs.

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So. Our first church visit was to Holy Rood, Holybourne which had a large pond in the churchyard with a duck island. We met fellow walkers to Canterbury there, but they are taking a few more days and are staying in B&Bs (ooh, the luxury!). They were a lovely couple, Angelika and Peter from Germany. It was lovely to bump into them several more times during the day. They said they loved being in England because ‘it is so messy with overgrown hedges’.

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Another warm welcome came in St Mary’s, Upper Froyle with a lovely lady who showed us their wonderful exhibit of 17th century Italian vestments. And a beautiful millennium window of the Pilgrim’s Way.

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The next church, St Mary’s in Bentley had fabulous yew trees with twisted trunks and a couple of gentlemen – Vince (the Silver Fox!) and James, who were creating a new path to their church extension.

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We saw a couple of deer in a harvested field, but they ran too fast for a photo.

So, the end of the St Swithun’s Way has led us to Farnham and now the North Downs Way. We finished at St Lawrence’s in Seale with weary feet.

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Netia’s husband, John arrived bang on time to collect our fellow Pilgrims and it was sad to say cheerio to them. We have the luxury of Ali and John’s house (friends of Jonathan) who have been so kind and welcoming. Oh the joy of a bed again!

Now we have the prospect of 19 miles tomorrow and a visit to Guildford Cathedral to look forward to – and meeting Fi’s daughter, Emily for that stretch.

Love the Pilgrims

xxx

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5 thoughts on “A Post from the Pilgrims – Day 4 – Alton to Seale

  1. Your walking diary is giving me such pleasure over breakfast each morning – well done all of you plus the visitors, fellow pilgrims, wonderful pictures (I loved the pigs!) etc. Keep it up and may all our prayers buoy you up each day.
    Love, Sally

    • Thank you for the support and prayers Sally! We hope the blog makes good breakfast reading!
      Love the Pilgrims
      Xxx

  2. You are doing very well and have been blessed with lovely weather so far. Long may it continue!
    Love and prayer
    Jill

  3. Wonderful to be able to follow your progress day by day. And not one complaint of aching muscles – you’re an impressively hardy bunch!
    Wonderful pictures too. I hope hurricane Bertha is kind to you, the weather has been pretty good so far!
    Much love and prayers
    Richard, Emma, Charles, Thomas and James

    • Thank you for your support Richard. Fingers crossed that the good weather continues for the journey!

      Love the Pilgrims
      xxx

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