Saturday 6th. Chessington circular

The promise of various wild life appeared to attract a goodly number of the nineteen participants to the Chessington walk last Saturday. However the peregrine falcon turned out to be a wooden sculpture, the beetle seen was not so rare and there was no sign of any badgers! However the sight of a dromedary camel and some antelope provided reasonable compensation, I think.We started with a short climb to Winey Hill for extensive views of south-west London. We then skirted the World of Adventures theme park before entering Chessington Wood and then on to Ashtead Common. Passing a number of City Of London coal tax posts and the anglers by the Stew pond, we continued through Epsom Common before reaching our lunch stop at the pleasant Cricketers pub by Stamford Green. We left four of our number there and, in the afternoon, headed back to Chessington South via the local parish church and Horton Country Park. With just a few minutes to spare, we caught our train back to town in a relaxed mood after a gentle ramble in the sunshine.