Wednesday, 21 October, 2015
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
By popular request, Pamela Holt has agreed to join us for another in our series of Tree Identification walks. On this occasion, we will be hoping for some autumn colour as we head to Marden Park (near Woldingham).
Marden Park and Great Church Wood form the largest Woodland Trust property in Surrey, extending to some 67.3 hectares (155 acres). They are situated at relatively high elevation on the narrow plateau and dip slopes of the North Downs within Green Belt and The Surrey Hills AONB. The site is predominantly broadleaf woodland with numerous veteran beech trees and secondary ash woodland.
This walk of about 2.5 miles will take us about 2 hours since we will be stopping to hear from Pamela about all the different species which make up this glorious woodland. In general, the paths are broad and firm but the occasional muddy bit should be expected. There is also a section of the route across meadow land – so short wet grass may be present. The walk will go ahead whatever the weather so please dress appropriately and select suitable footwear.
The majority of the route is undulating but there is one stile (with dog gap) plus kissing gates and the meadow section is on an upslope. Consequently, although classified as an “easy” walk, a reasonable degree of fitness and mobility is required. Please also note that, since this is a rural event, there are no toilet facilities on site.
This site is a popular dog walking destination so well behaved dogs on leads are welcome to join our walk.
After the walk, we will return to our cars and drive about 2 miles to the Botley Hill Farmhouse.
This pub/restaurant is on the top of Botley Hill – the highest point on the North Downs Way and part of the Titsey Estate. The venue changed hands earlier in 2015 and has refocussed on quality rather than hearty fare. Their food is cooked to order and the restaurant is becoming popular so please allow for a leisurely lunch if you join us for a meal. If you wish to know more about their menu, please see www.botleyhill-farmhouse.co.uk/dining/lunch. The menu may change before the event to include seasonal fare so we will send you an updated one beforehand. You will probably need to pre-order (and possibly pre-pay) since we are a sizeable group. Further information on this will be sent to you.
The cost for the walk will be £5.00 per member and £7.00 per non-member. The optional lunch stop will be at your own expense.
Booking is essential. If you would like to join us, please complete and return the attached booking form to arrive at Warren Farm Barns before 14th October 2015.
For further details and enquiries, contact us at [email protected] or on mobile 07530-949302.