Thursday, 7 May 2009

Wednesday in Happy Valley

Jane Rosoux writes...

"I attach a selection of photographs taken on Wednesday's ramble from Coulsdon South to Whyteleafe.

The walk was led by Pat Hully, pictured below, right, behind the bench.

There were eight in the party and the 11 mile walk finished quite early at around 3.30 pm after 4 hours of walking. A lot of the walk took place in the Farthing Down and Happy Valley SSSI, which contained large expanses of meadow grasses,


buttercups and bluebells.

Although the sky was somewhat overcast at the start most of the walk was blessed by bright sunshine.

We had a look at the famous wall painting in Chaldon Church. [The painting dates back to just after the Norman conquest. Read more about it here]

and a little later had a picnic lunch in a field off the Pilgrim's Way with a view of the hills to the south.

Near Coulsdon Common we passed one of the remaining City of London coal posts [Read more about these here]

Finally, on the common itself was a small flock of Jacob sheep.


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