Friday, 5 June 2009

Midweek Walk - Boxhill Circular

Jane Rosoux writes...

I attach some photographs taken on Pat Hully's 12 mile circular walk from Boxhill & Westhumble Station. There were 8 in the party, which was good for a mid-week walk.

The party included a new HRA member (Janet Campbell), a North West London Group member (Jean Pollard) and a Blackheath Group member and the only male (Keith Sargentt).

The weather was dry and fairly warm but the sky was fairly overcast and not that good for photography. We started off by following the North Downs Way west through Denbies Vineyard...

and continued to have good views towards the south as we approached the wooded White Down.

Soon after passing two WWII pillboxes...

we stopped in a grassy clearing for a picnic lunch. On the return route (no views and more cloud) we passed Tanners Hatch Youth Hostel

Near West Humble village we passed a new bench on the spot where there used to be a bench with the following dedication:- "In memory of Ethel Chipchase, Geoffrey Hollis, Leslie Nicholson and Eric Smith in appreciation of their years of devotion to the preservation of footpaths and countryside amenities that others may enjoy. Rest in peace. Ramblers Association Southern Area." which, when I photographed it on 7th November 2006 on another of Pat's midweek rambles, was in a very poor state of repair.

The dedication on the replacement bench is "In memory of Michael Banister 1918-2006. A favourite place for Michael and Rachel" and I can only assume that when the offer of a replacement bench was accepted no-one thought about the reason for the original one.

What happened to the original brass plate?"

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