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Raw And Beautiful Winter

The temperature hovered around freezing but the sunshine was stronger than we’d seen for weeks as 16 of us joined Alec Robinson for Moleside’s first club walk of the new year. The route had been carefully planned to minimise the chance of heavy mud.  The temperature on the day certainly helped take care of that.  

Setting out from the vllage of West End Out we passed Garson’s Farm and progressed upwards (only a gentle hill!) into the trees of the Common to the south of the village.

 




Within minutes we had reached The Ledges with their extensive views northwards towards Heathrow almost 10 miles away.

Swinging east we crossed the old Portsmouth Road and reached Black Pond with a surface sufficiently solid for the skating birds.   

 

A loop beyond the dual carriage way that now cuts across the common brought us back eventually to the old main road that’s now the A305. 

 

Our return to West End took us along the dead straight 200 yards of a former Rifle Range established here around the First World War

We are blessed to live so close to such beautiful surroundings.  Several of us commented that we had never seen it looking as beautiful as it did on the day before Storm Isha created so much havoc all over the country.   

 

And awaiting us at the end of our 7.26 km /4.5 miles delightful experience was the refurbished Prince of Wales – no longer just a village pub but a smart and obviously very popular 21st c eatery. We felt we’d deserved it.

Thanks to Alec for his route research and his digital record of where he had taken us, to Chris for his help with the photographs and to our group coordinator Steve Mustoe for making it all possible. 

Our next Moleside Walk is on Thursday 15 February.