North Downs Way Part 2 ! (Merstham to Otford)
Picked up where I left off in 2019 at Merstham. 2020 was a different year as we all know so couldn't spread my 'longer' walks out and instead squeezed two (the Wey South Path and this one) into July. Not always easy, the 'Stars have to align', work, childcare, 'permission', and of course the weather. If it's wet and miserable, well, it's mean't to be enjoyable! Luckily the weather was nearly perfect.
Not sure if my feet hadn't recovered or I was taking too many pictures (!) but only managed 20 miles when I wanted to go a little further. Taking trains from my Woking base means the start time is not going to be as early as I might like so started at 6.45am in Merstham when ideally I'd like to have started an hour earlier, and that was catching the 5.30am train from Woking! Finished about 1730 in Otford. The next leg was 15 miles and I couldn't have done it without running out of daylight. So Otford it is in 2021 for my next leg - and hopefully minus a face mask on the train!
Please see the earlier 2019 post for details of the walk (packing list, the essential Colin Saunders guide book etc):-
Once again Colin's book was a must have. The signage is mostly good but there are sections where the signs are missing and having the book to hand gives great peace of mind.
The pond a little further on. A pleasant little place.