GMT 6 – East Grinstead to Lingfield

By: snowgood

Feb 03 2020

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Category: adventure, Architecture, Children, Cycling, Surrey, Sussex, Walking

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Yesterday after a bright morning the Sussex skies turned grey, even so I parked up at  East Court to tackle a bit more of the Greenwich Meridian Trail.

Starting with Blackwell Farm Road featuring grim three storey social housing, and a smart primary school.

I came across three boys on bikes, one on a weird low slung three wheeler.  Somebody called out “I’m 56 minutes from home”.

A snatch of conversation which took me back to my days as a lad in Gloucestershire.

Between the ages of 7 and 11 my schoolmates and I went anywhere we wanted.  Down to the stream, or up into the woods behind our home.

We had no mobiles, and could have been anywhere with in a 2 mile radius!

None of us never got lost, we didn’t get into any scrapes and generally had a good time.

Of course we only had Black and White TV, and Johnny Morris’s Animal Magic was only on for half an hour each week?

No wonder we played outside!

However, I digress. It’s worth mentioning that somewhere between East Grinstead and Dormansland I stepped out of West Sussex, and into Surrey.

En route my path took in the western edge of The Wilderness Lake, which features a significant railway bridge.

It dawned on me that I’d forgotten my binoculars, and the only birds seen were three Cormorants.

Further on I crossed a bridge at Dormans Station, and then came up to Lingfield via the racecourse and Marriott Country Club.

My GMT walk was just 4 miles, and I arrived more than twenty minutes early for the train back. A £3.60 single seemed like great value.

Once back at East Grinstead Station I had a further mile to walk, and was delighted to find I’d done the whole loop in two hours 17 minutes.






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