Summer Walk 2019: Sunday 4th August

Chaldon Church from the Pond 1926
Chaldon Church from the Pond 1926

Following our Water theme:


A wonderful walk, through fields and woods, on footpaths and quiet roads, round the village to find the sites of most of the 25 ponds that existed in Chaldon 150 years ago (on a map from 1868).

On the way there is a real sense of history and place, with fields and meadows, a wealth of wild flowers, butterflies, spectacular views, and evidence of life in the past.

How many ponds are still there? What signs are there of where others were? What were they each used for? Where was the spring (in Spring Bottom Lane) from which Chaldon people collected water?

We did our rehearsal on Monday; the wildflowers were spectacular, we found some places neither of us knew, had a wonderful time, and are looking forward to sharing it all with you. We do hope that you can join us.
Sunday 4th August: 10:45 meet outside Chaldon Church, an all day walk, with lunch in the Harrow, and finish about 4:30pm to 5pm with teas and cake in a rather special setting near the Church.

£5 payable on the day. Advance booking required. Email or phone Liz Bonsall to reserve your place. or 01883 340508.

The walk is 10 – 12 km long with a steep slope down and steps up (in the afternoon). You can join us for part of the walk if not able to do all the day. Bring water, and dress suitably for the expected weather that day. Some paths have nettles and brambles beside them, and surfaces can be slippery with rain or after rain. Bring cash or card to buy lunch at the Harrow, and cash for tea and cake at the end.

All proceeds go to the Friends of Chaldon Church to preserve the ancient building.



The Well Tower at Wiley Farm, Chaldon
The Well Tower and pond at Willey Farm, Chaldon, early 20th century.