For the first time ever, I shall write of a (very) short walk and link to Jo’s Monday Walk….
A friend took me for a short walk today, knowing that I am low on stamina. She guessed correctly that I would find it interesting as it is so varied and rich in history. To cut down on weight, I took only a very wideangle lens on my camera, which created its own challenges when taking images!
We were in the town of Reigate, in Surrey, England. If you walk down towards the centre of the town from the station you pass a statue of Margot Fonteyn, who was born in the town.
Continue past the statue, cross the road onto the central island, and look left where you will see a tunnel. Cross the road again, towards the tunnel, but turn right instead of going into the tunnel (we’ll come back here later). Shortly, the pavement finishes, but you turn left onto a path which climbs up a mound. We take the right fork which brings us to a pond with some bulrushes, but it’s not particularly photogenic. We follow the path right, and soon come to a steeper track which we take. This brings us up to an open area, and to our left is a castle gateway. This was a folly built 200 years or so ago.
Walking through the castle gateway, and bearing right takes us a little lower, and if we take a narrow track to the left, we come to some old dragon’s teeth – of the anti tank variety, dating from WW2.
They are beginning to be taken over by vegetation, and there are some nice textures of moss, stone and metal
We walk on, and arrive at a wooden fence which surrounds the garden of the Market Stores pub. Continuing past there, we peer through an alley which has a good view of the clock tower in the high street.
We walk a short way past, and come to some brick battlements with a view towards the Main Street with some old graffiti, carved into the stone
It’s a short pace or two, and we turn left down some steps and we are in an alley leading to the High Street, passing the Market Stores pub as we go.
As reward for our efforts we stop for coffee, and I succumb to the charms of an almond croissant…. Duly rested, it’s time to head back through the tunnel
From there, it’s back up towards the station…Hope you enjoyed my brief wander! See more (proper) walks at Jo’s here.