This might not work as the opening line again, but, you know what, the sun is shining again and as Rhona is setting a fast pace, we had a warm start.
We started from Seale at 8.40am, passed under 2 roads, one of which had 2 large wooden crosses to mark the Pilgrims Way.
We reached the River Wey and the Pixie Bridge by 12. Here, by the magic of the Long Distance Walker’s camera, Rhona was able to grow in stature (but not maturity!)
We climbed up to Guildford Cathedral where we were greeted by Fi’s other daughter, Emily bearing ice lollies! She came with us up to the Cathedral. John Mitchell, the Duty Chaplain met us and allowed us to have some quiet time in The Lady Chapel. A cuppa in the Refectory refreshed us for the afternoon.
We rejoined the North Downs Way and its beautiful sunken pathways – such a delight in the sunshine to have some dappled shade and soft paths.
Almost immediately met Joe Storrow, who accompanied us for most of the afternoon. A most interesting and welcome fellow walker who quickly became an honorary pilgrim. We found out that he had been stationed at Old Sarum in the RAF.
Whilst pausing on a steep climb for a breather, we met Maureen Harland with her daughter’s dog, Alfie. She had lived in Devizes Rd, Salisbury for 3 years – well, what a small world we all exclaimed!
Shortly after saying goodbye to Joe, there was Jonathan to meet us and walk the last 2 hours back to the car.
Fantastic views today up to the Hogs Back to the north and over The Weald to the south and from St Martha’s Church. There were only a few buzzards crying up above today, but we did see lots of damselflies on the River Wey Navigation. Fi was excited to spot 3 Common Blue Butterflies on the grasslands. Can you spot one resting on a leaf on the right of the picture below? It doesn’t look very blue till it flies!
We were grateful to Sally at Newlands Corner for refilling our water carriers – thank you for the refreshments.
Quiz question of the day: identify the item in the photo below and how it was used. Do add a comment to the blog with your answer.
But the biggest thanks go to Ali and John who have hosted us, fed us, provided many cuppas, allowed us to have hot showers, washed our clothes, let us use their WiFi and been very supportive.
Love the Pilgrims