On Saturday 19 Feb 15, our team of intrepid
explorers walkers headed off for a walk around Chobham. Listed in the Domesday Book as Cebeham, Chobham was worth £15 10s 0d back then. The beautiful river Bourne runs through the village.
Led by walk leader Hugh (that’s him checking the map), they followed the Mill Bourne from the centre of Chobham, past Emmett's Mill and out to Fairoaks Airport. They then proceeded to Gracious Pond (created by building a dam across the SW end of the valley, and listed in Norden’s map of 1607) on the edge of Chobham Common, where the group stopped for coffee and admired the view.
The loop of Chobham Common was completed, and St Paul’s walkers returned through farmland and horse stables. Although tempted by the thought of a ride back, they wanted to work up an appetite, so marched on. Hugh advises most of the 7.5 mile walk was very muddy and the weather was drizzly but their spirits were not dampened. The walk was topped off with lunch at the Four Horseshoes pub in Chobham Green, half a mile from Chobham.
If you are interested in walking, and would like to join one of the free guided walks hosted by St Paul’s, then please contact Graham on firstname.lastname@example.org. The next walk is on 19 March around Blackheath and St Martha's Hill.
For more information on the walking group, and other walks done, take a look at some of their other blog posts here.