A hopeful update

from

Farnham Walker

A month of great walks

Review of the month

 
Things are looking better and better - saying that I hope I don't jinx it! Last month saw 15 folks out walking 'Downhill from Hindhead' on three separate walks (of six). Each was a success and the weather held up for us on all (despite having snow on the morning of the Monday walk). Hopefully, folks learned a lot about a raft of topics - The Unknown Sailor, The Wigwam Murder and the disgrace of Isabella Robinson to name but three. 

Copies of draft previews of my upcoming book - Fascinating Farnham - were handed out - watch this space for publication details. 

That apart, I have been on some beautiful walks with good friends. An especially nice one with Beryl saw us visit the Fulling Mill House at New Alresford. That was glorious. Might I remind you all that if you are interested in a 'one and one' walk with me at any time, just ask. 

May's plans

This month is a bit of a 'finger's crossed' walk. If all goes to plan, we should have the next stage of the unlocking on May 17. Assuming this happens, we will be allowed to meet (and walk) in much larger groups outside. I have taken a punt and taken that into account at the moment. 

The plan for May is to walk on Thursday 20th from Ash Vale Station back to Farnham along the 'Three Waterways' route (an interesting short 10-mile level route that carves a green path through the outskirts of Ash, Aldershot and Farnham). Starting along the Basingstoke Canal, we will walk to Ash Vale Lock for a coffee break. After that, the route follows the Blackwater Valley path to Badshot Lea for lunch. Finally, we follow some nice paths through the hamlet of Runfold to the River Wey and home. 

This walk is scheduled for one single date on 20 May, assuming we can walk as a larger group. Should the lockdown not lift, I will email all registered walkers and offer to split it into smaller groups on different days. But fingers' crossed...

All the details are on https://www.farnhamwalker.com/event-details/three-waterways-walk and booking (essential) is on the normal http://bit.ly/FWBooking. We already have 8 bookings, but hopefully, the rush to book from previous walks will not happen (there's no upper limit for booking). However for my peace of mind, please don't leave it too late. 
Three Waterways Walk

Looking Ahead

Are the government going to unlock? I can't be sure. So the plans for the 'Festival' are still unconfirmed. I will warn you, if we do unlock on May 17, I will be sending out an interim newsletter with a festival programme and many more details shortly after. If you are a gambling person, get your boots and shoes ready and oiled for the second half of June and July when we will be out many times. 

Plans include The Pilgrims Way from Guildford to Winchester, The North Downs Way to Dorking, some splendid easier evening walks, historical walks and the return of a couple of favourites. It's going to be fun. At the last count, there will be over 100 miles of walking for the uber-keen in the six week period -- naturally, you are welcome on one or as many walks as you like. The starter evening events are only around 3 miles, so don't panic! and certainly, no one will be expected to join all the events. It's like any other walking festival, only book on the ones that appeal. 
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That's it for this newsletter. Stay safe and hopefully see you soon. It's bluebell season and things are definitely looking 'springy'.  

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Guy and Mr "T". 
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