Walk: Godstone circular

4 February 2012

To East Surrey for a circular walk starting at the village pond in Godstone, past Bay Pond with its frozen weir, to Church Town, the cluster of buildings round St Nicholas Church, with the striking Tudot/Gothic St Mary almshouse created by Sir George Gilbert Scott who lived locally and restored anything which couldn’t move fast enough.

A half hour walk through woods and more frozen ponds to St Peter’s, Tandridge with its shingle bell tower supported by 4 massive oak beams, supposedly as old as the church ie from the 1300s. It was the coldest day of the year and snow lay all around. By now I couldn’t feel my fingers, so eating my sandwich got pretty messy.

Back through fields and then a path through Godstone Farm, well known to families for its children’s farm and exotic animals. For the second week running the sun didn’t come out and it was truly bitter all day. At dusk it started to snow.

St Peter's church, Tandridge

St Peter's church, Tandridge

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