GMT 8 – look down, breathe in the M25

By: snowgood

Feb 23 2020

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Category: birds, Surrey, Walking

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After our walk from Holland I left Roz in Oxted. Then made the last push up to Woldingham and “The Ridgeway” alone.

The arable margins below the M25 were boggy, and energy sapping.

Then there was the anxiety of whether I would find the access over the M25.

When you’re pushing against a pre-arranged collection time one small navigational error can be so frustrating.

Somehow I found the right way, struggling through a small wood before reaching a dilapidated bridge.

Once over, the serous climbing started.

Earlier we’d met a chap who’d been here and fallen over, and got plastered with mud. As I crabbed across in a westerly direction I could see why.

Just before Chalkpit Lane the path veered right and straight up the steep slope.  I’m guessing I paused at least 6 times before the top.

A younger couple were following, but they didn’t find it any easier!

My last encounter with nature was watching a pair of Kestrels flying west and away.

A few moments later Roz arrived at the crossroads between The Ridgeway and Chalkpit Lane.

7.79 miles in 2 hours 45 minutes including 895 feet of climbing.  If you include the food stop in The Haycutters it there were 3 hours 33 minutes of walking.

Highlights were all the flowers, and a couple of noisy Red Kite above the outskirts of Oxted.

The low point was having lungs full of pollution on the high slopes of The North Downs.  Weirdly the pollution was incredibly noticeable even half a mile beyond the M25.

Bird Species for the day;

Blackbird, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Collared Dove, Crow, Feral Pigeon, Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greylag Geese, Grey Heron, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Magpie, Mallard, Pheasant, Red Kite, Ring Neck Parakeets, Robin, Rook, Skylark, Wood Pigeon.

Photo: Looking down on the M25 and Oxted from The North Downs.


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