Today’s statistics: 13.5 miles, ascent 1137′, descent 1281′

Last night’s B&B, Highfield House, had pulled us off the North Downs Way toward the top of the nearby Pewley Hill. This morning we then walked through Pewley Down on our path back to the NDW.

Pewley Down

After Pewley we had a long, gentle descent to rejoin the North Downs Way.

nearing the NDW just outside of Guildford

As we moved along several woodland trails, we were followed by a delightful chorus of birdsongs. At the pinnacle of another hill, sat St. Martha’s Hill Church with a commanding view of the area.

St. Martha’s Hill Church

The forested trails later opened out to present far-reaching views from Albury Downs. It is said that the chalk-filled earth of the North Downs truly begin at this point.

View from Albury Downs

We soon arrived at Newland’s Corner with its visitor center and food kiosk.

Newland’s Corner

A small monument across the car park reflected sentiments that anyone could feel while gazing out over this lovely countryside.

monument at Newlands Corner

Soon, the path took us back into the woods.

Following the old Drove Road (a road used for centuries to drive livestock)

In 1940 the North Downs became a vital area of national defense. Anticipating a German invasion and to prevent advancing armies from reaching London, the Home Guard set up over 100 pillboxes as a final defense of the capitol, a “stop line”. Over half of these still remain to remind the English of these civilians who were willing to stand in the breach for the good of their country.

WWII pillboxes

I couldn’t resist climbing inside.

inspecting a pillbox, one of many we saw along the way

The white chalk soil was an indicator that we were on the downs.

white chalk soil typical of this area

Our day’s walk was nearly finished as we spied Dorking in the distance.

Dorking

A very welcome food truck was waiting when we arrived at Ranmore.

A latte food truck!

To reach our night’s lodgings we had to descend through vineyards to Denbies Guest House and Wine Estate.

Denbies vineyards and Wine Estate

The Wine Estate and the food were quite a treat. Unfortunately, it appeared that landscape construction surrounded our B&B and staying there one night was enough. Lodgers to follow us will enjoy the completed project.

Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

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