“You’ve been plowtering about in the mud” was what Granny Robertson, with her strong East Lothian roots, said when we kids came back in from a muddy afternoon.  And she would have said that today.

Car first thing this morning

Plowtering is such a descriptive word. It means to splash aimlessly in mud or water, to wade messily through wet ground. And that really described quite large parts of today’s walk.

Waking up this morning to a little snow we expected it to be wet underfoot.  Muddy as we went across Shalford park and over the Wey but looking better as we met the gang (Val, Colin and Claire by the old Law College admin buildings.

Law college admin buildings site
Law college admin buildings site

Except the buildings are no longer there. Development is in progress for new housing.




Fields stretch up the Mount

Walking up towards Piccard’s Farm the snow showed the old cultivation on the fields.



Into the Loseley Estate nature reserve


Quite sticky in the woods but not up in the trees.




Four way crossing on the N Downs Way. Muddy in all directions.

Up at the point where the North Downs Way is crossed by a track down to the Manor of Polstead. A new sign post but very muddy all round.






Then back down onto the main Loseley Park estate. Still very muddy crossing this and here we suffered our only slip.  Muddy and no fun.  On through Orange Grove then up and over Mount Brown, a new track for us, and back to the meeting point from which we walked home.


To find that the snow on the car was thawing fast.  A good walk.






Total distance: 10670 m
Total climbing: 226 m
Total descent: -222 m
Total time: 02:43:33

Sunday’s walk

Yesterday we took advantage of a break in the weather to walk “The Scholar’s Trail” with friends from what was the Surrey Uni walking group.  We started off very close to home.

Just by the Seahorse
Just by the Seahorse

We then walked towards the Chantries past the National Trust property, Shalford Mill.

Fast running water
Val, Kelly (and Einstein), Steve and Jane

The water was flowing strongly over the mill weir.

Mill weir






So we walked on up into the North Downs.

Great light
Great light






A bit of a wander round the rather muddy woodland.  particularly because the logging crews had been at work.  Then down into the valley and back up the other side onto Pewley Down.

View from the down






Then back down into town before walking back to Shalford past the flooded water meadows.

Water meadow doing what it should
Water meadow doing what it should
No entry!
No entry!