A wet & misty New Year's hike

Posted on January 4, 2015 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

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Tillingbourne Valley in Surrey


During this time of the year, guided day hikes out of London are few and far between, so when one came up a few days after the New Year, I was eager to participate. And to my surprise, many other Londoners had the same idea, hence the group was much larger than I had expected. A New Year's hike is always a good and healthy way to start the year, especially after the excessive indulgence during the festive period.

We have had cold but sunny weather recently, yet on the morning of the hike, it was pouring down and the weather forecast for rest of the day looked fairly grim too. However, having experienced a few torrential downpour on some hikes previously, I was all geared up for the rain this time. And I was glad I did.


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The pretty village Shere is often used as a location for films. The 12th century St James' church was featured in the Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.


Our 9-mile hike started at Gomshall in Surrey, we then walked through the historical and picturesque village Shere and along the chalk ridge of the Tillingbourne Valley. On a clear and sunny, the view from the top of the Surrey Hills would have been quite spectacular; yet on a wet and misty day, it was atmospheric and perfect as the setting of a haunted film.




Since trails was very muddy and slippery, we spent most of hike trudging through mud and trying not to slip or fall! This was probably one of the reason why we all felt exhausted after the hike.

Despite the rain, mud and mist, the hike turned out to be fairly enjoyable as all of us were prepared for the worst beforehand. This is the joy of hiking. It is an adventure because you'd never know what lies ahead. Aside from an open mind, be sure that you have the right gear for all seasons, then you are all set to go!


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