My parents and I decided to go for a walk which we had found described in a magazine, from a place called Woldingham in Surrey.

Woldingham School

The walk began from the station, along a road which was obviously used by commuters to park their cars in preference to the paid-for station car park. There weren't any cars that day, it being a holiday period.

Storage tank in a farm.
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Passing through a farmyard, we then approached the grounds of Woldingham School (a private girl's school). We didn't see much of the school itself, only a modern accommodation block; the old school buildings were some distance away.

Fields near the school.
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More fields near the school.
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A tennis court, in the middle of a field, near the school.
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Still fields, still near the school.
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Fields. School. You get the picture. (This is the last one, thankfully.)
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Following the motorway

After following a few narrow lanes we climbed a ridge and followed this for some distance. The M25 motorway was visible (and definitely audible) below for most of this time. We were probably moving faster than the traffic on one carriageway.

A viewpoint.
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A large beech tree in the woods...
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...and the same again from the other direction.
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The path took us downhill to skirt a large quarry, which was a bit unimpressive (not much to see) but better than nothing. It's a bit of a novelty to find a quarry that's still working, kind of like when you see a gravel pit that hasn't been filled with water yet.

Quarries are dangerous! For unspecified reasons.
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An old fencepost by the quarry (there was a modern replacement).
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Quarry through hedge.
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Hedge with quarry in background.
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Corner of the quarry's land.
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After the quarry we promptly set off in the wrong direction, realising a little late that we should have turned uphill. This was open, National Trust land, so we found a place a little further on where we could head up and rejoin the route.

Edge of the hill, and the motorway.
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Our unplanned route was rather a steep climb.
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Back to Woldingham

This took us onto more narrow lanes and eventually onto a track which led us to a proper road, then back into the village.

Water tower, radio masts, and sheep.
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The track.
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Farm gate beside track. (This is diagonal shadows picture #1 of 2; hold your hats.)
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Church and woods

After walking on the pavement through Woldingham (which wasn't all that), we entered the last stage of the walk beside St. Agatha's church, which sadly (and oddly, for a place that's not exactly yob central) was locked.

St. Agatha's church, through its ash tree...
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...which is supposedly a thousand years old...
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...and kind of looks it.
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Window in the church porch. (And diagonal shadows picture #2, surely worth the wait.)
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Lime green door with metalcrafted name in the centre; pretty unusual.
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Finally we negotiated a woodland path that eventually led back to the road by the station. It went over the entrance to a tunnel, which we were never able to actually see. (I like railway tunnels, as do all right-thinking folk, so I was a little disappointed, but never mind.)

Looking from the road down to the station to a parallel field edge.
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